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For example, one of the three parties we are following simply disappears part way into the book. Notify me of follow-up comments by email.

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Long aeons in Earth’s future, an Age of Plants has risen. A massive banyan tree covers the sun-light face of the Earth, and in its branches a million dramas of life, death, and decay unfold… such as the plight of a small tribe of humans.

We also follow the aging tribe leader, Lily-Yo, who realizes she has lost her youth and must Go Up. I have to admit I had trouble connecting to Hothouse. A bit before half the book, the story started picking up, after the fungus came into action.

But I may well be misleading myself on the basis of Aldiss beginning and ending The Helliconia Trilogy with quotations from Lucretius, which no doubt predisposed me to assume an equally philosophical turn to Aldiss’ mind. The naivety of the human briann reminds me of William Golding’s Lord of the Flies at times.


At the very least, how could there be any wind?? Suppose we find that there is or once was microbial life on Mars. A “Hothouse” the name of the novel originallyin fact Terra has become. Instead, we’re left with Hothous, the man-child, who is not very likable: Twitter Facebook Email Tumblr Pinterest.

Hothouse – Brian Aldiss

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He wrote his first novel while working as a bookseller in Oxford. It feels a little bit like an New Wave era metaphor-in-advance for neoliberal economic policies and their effect on the live of regular people, actually. The best part about alxiss novel are the descriptions, the author is so wildly imaginative when he writes about different life forms.

Brian Aldiss’s Hothouse – mirabile dictu

Adored for his innovative lite Pseudonyms: Atwood won the Arthur C. When I was in high school, I read mostly SF when it came to books of my own selection. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Almost at once the paperwing turned grey as its small nourishments content was sucked out. Notify me of new posts via email. He seems very concerned with world-building. While plants have grown bigger, stronger, smarter and more aggressive, humans are now only one-fifth of their original size and live on the edge of extinction.


In other words, they have become all kinds of big, ungly nastiness and have developed a hankering for human-ka-bobs or ka-Ricks, ka-Dans, or ka-Marys for that matter.

I felt there is more than instincts to them, more complexity. The book succeeds for me on its lasting psychological feelings about teeming life forms and its atmospherics of horror and wonder over the precariousness of the life of an individual and our species.

Hothouse (1962), by Brian Aldiss

Lily-yo, is the leader of a small band of humans. Some have even argued that Hothouse is not aleiss science fiction, rather a surreal fantasy novel. I enjoyed it a lot, and I feel weird now.

Plants have assumed the niches formerly occupied by most animals, and the animals have largely gone extinct. Monsters being able to transverse from Earth to the Moon through cables is just about the most ludicrous thing I have heard in a long time.

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There’s a wackiness to it that I enjoyed.