Monday, 21 August 2017
Brian Aldiss RIP
My long-term followers who read this blog will remember that I first mentioned Brian Aldiss during the London SF Worldcon, LonCon 3, here. Where a bunch of enthusiastic fans sang happy birthday to him. A happy memory.
A moments reflection reminds me that this was five years ago to today.
I also had the pleasure of meeting Brian back in 2015 at the British Science Fiction Association and Science Fiction Foundation jointly run day long event, imaginatively called the Mini-Convention, which you can read about here. What I wrote there, where I said, "...given that he's not getting any younger (none of us are) it seemed like an opportunity we should take."
So, another icon of my youth has died, the by all accounts peacefully in his bed on the 18 of August. At the age of ninety-two he's had a good run. It feels a little bit sad to realize that I've not read any of his books in years or reviewed any of them on my blog. I can see a re-read at some point in the future.