Brian Aldiss Short Stories

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01The Expensive Delicate Ship2014030320140304

A story set in some not-too-distant future, but looking back on an ancient biblical flood.

An eerie story within a story, set in some not too distant future but looking back on an ancient biblical flood. Read by Nicholas Farrell.

Brian Aldiss (b. 18 August 1925) is one of Britain's most prolific writers of speculative fiction, still writing today, his first book was written when he was 14. This selection of his shorter fiction celebrates the range of his interests from futuristic creation myths to biting social satire.

Greatly influenced by the science fiction pioneer HG Wells, his writings have been compared to those of Isaac Asimov, Greg Bear and Arthur C Clarke. His complete works are currently being republished.

Produced for BBC Radio 4 Extra by the Waters Company.

01The Expensive Delicate Ship2014030320140304

A story set in some not-too-distant future, but looking back on an ancient biblical flood.

An eerie story within a story, set in some not too distant future but looking back on an ancient biblical flood. Read by Nicholas Farrell.

Brian Aldiss (b. 18 August 1925) is one of Britain's most prolific writers of speculative fiction, still writing today, his first book was written when he was 14. This selection of his shorter fiction celebrates the range of his interests from futuristic creation myths to biting social satire.

Greatly influenced by the science fiction pioneer HG Wells, his writings have been compared to those of Isaac Asimov, Greg Bear and Arthur C Clarke. His complete works are currently being republished.

Produced for BBC Radio 4 Extra by the Waters Company.

02Stillthorpe; Headless2014030420140305

A blistering satire depicting a world where entertainment has replaced common sense.

Stillthorpe is a gentle fable. Followed by Headless - a blistering satire depicting a world where entertainment has replaced common-sense. Read by Clare Corbett.

Brian Aldiss (b. 18 August 1925) is one of Britain's most prolific writers of speculative fiction, still writing today, his first book was written when he was 14. This selection of his shorter fiction celebrates the range of his interests from futuristic creation myths to biting social satire.

Greatly influenced by the science fiction pioneer HG Wells, his writings have been compared to those of Isaac Asimov, Greg Bear and Arthur C. Clarke. His complete works are currently being republished.

Produced for BBC Radio 4 Extra by the Waters Company.

02Stillthorpe; Headless2014030420140305

A blistering satire depicting a world where entertainment has replaced common sense.

Stillthorpe is a gentle fable. Followed by Headless - a blistering satire depicting a world where entertainment has replaced common-sense. Read by Clare Corbett.

Brian Aldiss (b. 18 August 1925) is one of Britain's most prolific writers of speculative fiction, still writing today, his first book was written when he was 14. This selection of his shorter fiction celebrates the range of his interests from futuristic creation myths to biting social satire.

Greatly influenced by the science fiction pioneer HG Wells, his writings have been compared to those of Isaac Asimov, Greg Bear and Arthur C. Clarke. His complete works are currently being republished.

Produced for BBC Radio 4 Extra by the Waters Company.

03Galaxy Zee2014030520140306

In a galaxy where every planet is like the rest, the creator feels his plan has gone awry.

Life in a galaxy where every planet and every city is like a billion others, the controlling Unicrat who created them feels his plan has gone awry. Read by Jack Klaff.

Brian Aldiss (b. 18 August 1925) is one of Britain's most prolific writers of speculative fiction, still writing today, his first book was written when he was 14. This selection of his shorter fiction celebrates the range of his interests from futuristic creation myths to biting social satire.

Greatly influenced by the science fiction pioneer HG Wells, his writings have been compared to those of Isaac Asimov, Greg Bear and Arthur C. Clarke. His complete works are currently being republished.

Produced for BBC Radio 4 Extra by the Waters Company.

03Galaxy Zee2014030520140306

In a galaxy where every planet is like the rest, the creator feels his plan has gone awry.

Life in a galaxy where every planet and every city is like a billion others, the controlling Unicrat who created them feels his plan has gone awry. Read by Jack Klaff.

Brian Aldiss (b. 18 August 1925) is one of Britain's most prolific writers of speculative fiction, still writing today, his first book was written when he was 14. This selection of his shorter fiction celebrates the range of his interests from futuristic creation myths to biting social satire.

Greatly influenced by the science fiction pioneer HG Wells, his writings have been compared to those of Isaac Asimov, Greg Bear and Arthur C. Clarke. His complete works are currently being republished.

Produced for BBC Radio 4 Extra by the Waters Company.

04The Light Really; Apology2014030620140307

A journalist is confined to home; An aristocrat's memory returns him to a moving incident.

Two Brian Aldiss stories: first, a philandering journalist is confined to home; whilst in Apology an elderly aristocrat's memory returns him to an incident that moved him greatly. Read by Ewan Bailey.

Brian Aldiss (b. 18 August 1925) is one of Britain's most prolific writers of speculative fiction, still writing today, his first book was written when he was 14. This selection of his shorter fiction celebrates the range of his interests from futuristic creation myths to biting social satire.

Greatly influenced by the science fiction pioneer HG Wells, his writings have been compared to those of Isaac Asimov, Greg Bear and Arthur C Clarke. His complete works are currently being republished.

Produced for BBC Radio 4 Extra by the Waters Company.

04The Light Really; Apology2014030620140307

A journalist is confined to home; An aristocrat's memory returns him to a moving incident.

Two Brian Aldiss stories: first, a philandering journalist is confined to home; whilst in Apology an elderly aristocrat's memory returns him to an incident that moved him greatly. Read by Ewan Bailey.

Brian Aldiss (b. 18 August 1925) is one of Britain's most prolific writers of speculative fiction, still writing today, his first book was written when he was 14. This selection of his shorter fiction celebrates the range of his interests from futuristic creation myths to biting social satire.

Greatly influenced by the science fiction pioneer HG Wells, his writings have been compared to those of Isaac Asimov, Greg Bear and Arthur C Clarke. His complete works are currently being republished.

Produced for BBC Radio 4 Extra by the Waters Company.

05Supertoys Last All Summer Long2014030720140308

The story which became the Kubrick-Spielberg film A.I. What is artificial intelligence?

The short story which became the basis for the Stanley Kubrick-developed Steven Spielberg film A.I. What is real? What is artificial intelligence? Read by Zoe Waites.

Brian Aldiss (b. 18 August 1925) is one of Britain's most prolific writers of speculative fiction, still writing today, his first book was written when he was 14. This selection of his shorter fiction celebrates the range of his interests from futuristic creation myths to biting social satire.

Greatly influenced by the science fiction pioneer HG Wells, his writings have been compared to those of Isaac Asimov, Greg Bear and Arthur C Clarke. His complete works are currently being republished.

Produced for BBC Radio 4 Extra by the Waters Company.

05Supertoys Last All Summer Long2014030720140308

The story which became the Kubrick-Spielberg film A.I. What is artificial intelligence?

The short story which became the basis for the Stanley Kubrick-developed Steven Spielberg film A.I. What is real? What is artificial intelligence? Read by Zoe Waites.

Brian Aldiss (b. 18 August 1925) is one of Britain's most prolific writers of speculative fiction, still writing today, his first book was written when he was 14. This selection of his shorter fiction celebrates the range of his interests from futuristic creation myths to biting social satire.

Greatly influenced by the science fiction pioneer HG Wells, his writings have been compared to those of Isaac Asimov, Greg Bear and Arthur C Clarke. His complete works are currently being republished.

Produced for BBC Radio 4 Extra by the Waters Company.