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Earthworks [Brian W. Aldiss] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. In a future where the Earth has been savaged by overpopulation and. The future Earth of Brian Aldiss’s Earthworks is a moribund ecological disaster, ruined by poisons, greed, unsustainable development and. It’s a world whose natural resources are almost bankrupt; whose population expansion has reached the suffocating Point; whose technical development cannot.

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The blurb says this version of our future is full of choked, disease-ridden towns, robots and prison gangs tending the bare, poison drenched countryside… a moribund ecological disaster, ruined by poisons, greed, unsustainable development and overpopulation.

Feb 26, Stephen Theaker rated it really liked it. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: SF often has high body counts, but rarely the bloody, knife-based murder that Aldiss often employs in SF narrative.

They wouldn’t let us do that so out of respect for one of my favorite SF author’s Brian aldriss, rest in peace my brother. Notify me of new comments via email. So, the book is very very very good until Knowle actually arrives in Africa. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

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The soil has been consumed: Dec 14, Evey Morgan rated it it was ok. Of course Smithson is known for his earthworks, Spiral Btian pre-eminently. Open Preview See a Problem?

Look at yourselves, Earth’s peoples, Earthworks! In quite a few from this period, he seems to run out of ideas towards the end, and the pace of the plot suddenly shifts into 1st gear to try and tie up all the loose ends, as opposed to the rest of the story which had been in 3rd gear.


I can certainly think of quite a few SF films of that sub-genre, but I am sure you already know most of them.

By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. The story is basically a thriller, but the background evokes so many issues that resound. I wonder who did it. One can only speculate as to what wonders would be unleashed if only more genre writers paid such attention to characterisation and detail as Aldiss.

Overpopulation, lack of food, war, pollution, blah, blah, blah I mean, what could possibly go wrong? It is far too poetic and advanced in language, theme and plot for the average young mind. But a lot of people like this sort of thing, and as I said the craft is good and the book is a quick and easy read.


Un tanto decepcionante sobre todo en su parte final Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: As I say, maybe I was just too young at the time though I also read his Camp Concentration, which was a lot better thanbut — again — I was underwhelmed in comparison to the hype about him. The Farmer rules from his barrack-like cities the Landsmen who till his toxin stricken fields as punishment for minor infractions.

Lo que nos cuenta. My library Help Advanced Book Search. All the trees have been cut down and pylons are installed to create windbreaks.

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Kon niet echt door het eerste hoofdstuk komen. Then does something and the book ends The blurb It was a suitably dark ending for such a dystopian story. His problem is schizophrenic hallucinations. What I do remember is the prescience of the author in his views of the future of shipping. Another surprising character is The Farmer, a man that Nolan sees as a capitalist monster, but who turns out to be — at least at the finale- a compassionate man trying to hold a crumbling business empire together whilst attempting to do the best thing for the good of everyone.

May 01, Paul Bryant rated it did not like it Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.

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Earthworks by Brian W. Aldiss

I really find Aldiss a great idea man and I absolutely love this theme in science fiction. Refresh and try again. Outside crowded cities controlled by a police statea class of wealthy and powerful “Farmers” exploit a rural prison labour population and hunt down subversive “Travellers” who have broken free of social controls. Aldiss explores the relationships of control and freedom, power and rebellion, and encapsulates a mighty global struggle, in the shape of a man with renegade tendencies and his experiences as the captain of a mostly automated gigantic cargo ship.

Other editions – View all Earthworks Brian W. Lists with This Book.