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by Brian W. Aldiss

ISBN: 0451024974
ISBN13: 978-0451024978
Language: English
Publisher: Signet (April 1, 1971)
Category: Contemporary
Subategory: Literature

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Aldiss invented a form of extremely short story called the mini-saga

Aldiss invented a form of extremely short story called the mini-saga. The Daily Telegraph hosted a competition for the best mini-saga for several years, and Aldiss was the judge. The critic Fredric Jameson described The Dark Light Years as, along with Ursula K. Le Guin's The Word for World Is Forest, "one of the major SF denunciations of the American genocide in Vietnam. Earthworks (1965, Faber), (1967, Four Square), (1967, Signet P3116), (1979, Panther), (1980, Avon).

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The first encounter between utod and man occurred ten years after the birth of Snok Snok. As Snok Snok said, this encounter was staged on the planet his race called Grudgrodd.

The first encounter between utod and man occurred ten years after the birth of Snok Snok. Had it happened on a different planet, had different protagonists been involved, the outcome of the whole matter might have been other than it was.

Brian W. Aldiss was born in Norfolk, England, in 1925

Brian W. Aldiss was born in Norfolk, England, in 1925. Over a long and distinguished writing career, he published award‑winning science fiction (two Hugo Awards, a Nebula Award, and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award); bestselling popular fiction, including the three‑volume Horatio Stubbs saga and the four‑volume the Squire Quartet; experimental fiction such as Report on Probability A and Barefoot in the Head; and many other iconic and pioneering works, including the Helliconia Trilogy.

The Dark Light Years. Brian Aldiss was born in Norfolk in 1925.

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Books related to The Dark Light Years. Time Is the Simplest Thing. Aldiss is among the most versatile of contemporary science-fiction authors. He is also knowledgeable about the genre, having published in 1973 the highly regarded study Billion Year Spree: The True History of Science Fiction (later updated and published as Trillion Year Spree). Born in East Dereham, Norfolk, Aldiss attended Framlingham College at Suffolk and West Buckland School.

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Moralsa
Humanity has met many species of semi-sapient lifeforms on its expansion across the galaxies, but had never discovered another intelligent race before. That changed when a group of explorers ran into the utod. Hippopotomi-sized, two-headed mammals that wallow in mud and their own filth, traversing the galaxy in wooden spacecraft, the utod are gentle creatures who feel no pain, can change their gender, and communicate in a complex series of whistles and hoots from their eight orifaces. Needless to say, humanity’s gut instinct on first contact is to gun down all but two of them. Taken back to the London Exozoo, the sharpest human minds attempt to converse with the remaining creatures, only to see them fail every man-made test for intelligence. Meanwhile, the utod refuse to open communications with this strange race of two-legged creatures whose second orifice is hidden under clothing, and who shun the holiness of a middenwallow in favor of abject cleanliness.

It sounds like the perfect setup for a social satire---and that's exactly what Aldiss provides, a kind of first-contact, post-colonial take on humanity's anthropocentric expectations of what an alien intelligence should look/act like. Like other such satires (Pohl's Jem comes to mind), it isn't as good at being a novel as it is as biting social commentary. Aldiss' writing is good, as always, but the pacing and particularly the characterization is weaker than normal. The characters are wooden and under-developed; while one "critical" character isn't introduced until the third to last chapter. Most exist as one-dimensional stand-ins for what Aldiss is mocking, the pompous scientists who are already convinced that these grotesque beasts aren't intelligent despite any sign to the contrary. A bit too much hyperbole for some, but I think it amps up the satire when there's only ever one sane man in the room.

Come for the social commentary, which is spot on; if you enjoy social satire SF ala Pohl, Sheckley, Tenn, and others, there's a good chance you'll like this one. Just lower your expectations a bit before diving in. While it's not a bad novel, the pacing and characters haves some serious issues, and it isn't quite able to deliver on its brilliant premise.

LeXXXuS
Civilization is a distance the man has placed between him and his excreta. What an idea, though, of course, not without its limitations. Conceptually this is precisely the sort of scifi I enjoy. The sort that uses fictional constructs to address serious topics. The sort that uses aliens to talk about humanity. In this case the fictional construct is an alien race found and found offensive by earth explorers. Offense in the form of not subscribing to standard humanoid measures of hygiene. It matters not, of course, that Utods are in fact a sophisticated race with advanced technology and philosophy, the men (confined by their impregnable anthropomorphism and galvanized by narrow minded prejudice) see their wallowing in mud habit and their excretions as appalling, thus rendering the entire race as inferior, thus making it ok to slaughter, imprison and torture. So this really is a sociopolitical satire about humankind's rationalization for violence through their inability to understand another culture and thus perceiving it as lesser. A lesson in xenophobia, quite timely one too. The gentle intelligent Utods didn't stand a chance. The novel was written in 1964 and occasionally reads as such, particularly when it comes to visions of distant future which to us is more or less now. Funny how the present time is both infinitely more and infinitely less stranger than once imagined. The writing was good and so, for the most part, was the pacing. Served as a worthy introduction to a new author, I've never experienced before outside of cinematic adaptation. Certainly makes you think, which is really what books ought to do. After all, Epictetus was right...books are the training weights of the mind.

Stoneshaper
I've always wondered whether we would recognise intelligent alien life. Their thought and language might be beyond our ability to comprehend. I fear this take might be the outcome of first contact. But which side of the equation would humans be on...?

Velellan
Not one of the author's strong works. Try Non Stop or Greybeard. They're much better examples of the author's writing ability.

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