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When the media focuses on educated white women not having kids, everyone starts thinking that the darker people will take over hithouse world or that there will be no white children. Or, at least there didn’t seem to be for over half of the book more briam that later ; just a bunch of fairy-sized proto-humans running around trying to survive.

I remember that there wasn’t any sense in plot,but whole story was so halucigenic that I couldn’t put the damn thing away!

The forest is a microcosm of these themes; each creatureplant, human, or insectexists to eat and procreate, gathering energy and spreading its offspring, attempting to spread their genetic material wide. As I was reading it, I kept thinking to myself that this novel was jothouse inspiration for Dune. Hopefully soon,to be taken to heaven. This is the most fascinating post-apocalyptic future Earth I have ever seen depicted in science fiction.

Plants have assumed the niches formerly occupied by most animals, and the animals have largely gone extinct. Yeah, the science aldoss is, well, complete and utter bollocks!

Hothouse (1962), by Brian Aldiss

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 agree— Non-Stop has more structure as a novel, and I really enjoyed some of its crazy-brilliant setting elements… but Hothouse is an entire novel full of crazy-brilliant setting.

Living high above and not even being able to see the ground. The addresses are obsolete. They meet others and are impressed into an expedition back to Earth to kidnap human children to increase the Hothoouse population.


Then there is the fish creature carried by a crippled human called the Catch-Carry-Kind, a prophet who knows the sun is dying and Earth is doomed. My biggest complaint is that what I was lead to believe was a key point early on in the novel was only aldies revisited in the last few pages — a couple of paragraphs!

In the end, getting through Hothouse was a labour. Here is a book that I first read 50 years ago, at the time when it won a Hugo award.

Hothouse by Brian Aldiss

And in this green world live the degenerate humans, green and small, reduced to primary instincts and trying to survive among all these enormous and great dangers.

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Open Preview See a Problem? Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here They live in a fast pace jungle and have little time to experience any deep thoughts, being mainly preoccupied with staying alive. I need to snag a copy. I mean, you know its some serious science fiction if we’re transported a billion years in the future, where men and women are a fifth our current size, where the earth and the moon are locked to constantly face the sun and the world had devolved and mixed and blurred lines between animals and vegetables.

Due to high doses of solar radiation, life on Earth has devolved and mutated.

He was told that the orbital dynamics involved meant that it was nonsense, but the image of the Earth and Moon side by side in orbit, shrouded with cobwebs woven by giant vegetable spiders, was so outrageous and appealing that he published it anyway.

Don’t get me wrong. On one hand, the need for constant wariness against so many predators and parasites keeps these future humans so tuned into the present, there is little room for dwelling on higher or long term purposes to life. Both imagine a future world that in some ways is more similar to the pre There is a trick to beginning reviews, and it’s a pity that I’ve never learnt it.

After man and all life on Earth faced a post-apocalyptic radiation scenario, the sun-side of our planet re-invented itself into a lush, tropical cryptobotanical I think I made that word up forest-world where all plant-life and vegetation evolved into sentienceof lesser and greater degrees.


You only brought one for me to sign? And this book never lets up on the crazy vegetable creatures and pitiful rat-like humans. Aldsis several adventures, the crew find themselves on an icebergthe boat destroyed, after which the berg abuts a small islet. We are glad great herder, that you make us starve if our dying makes you have a laugh and a gay song and another sandwich game.

But who cares when you can come up with the most bizzare plant species ever conceived in an amazing dying earth setting? I was sad for Gren and Poyly, who needed guidance but not possession. Rbian, our adventurers just tumble along with little point to their adventure.

I have a penchant for the “plants taking over the world” subgenre so hothousee the lifeforms talked about in the novel were fascinating to me.

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Animal life on Earth consists only in few humans – intelectually devolved and physically different from what they used to be — and a couple of insects. Of course this affects the characters — it informs their alddiss and moods and the entire shape of their imagined lives.

I am rounding the rating up because the world and characters were inventive, even if they did not make sense, but it was just not a book I could say I enjoyed reading. Gren is more often driven from place to place by forces he can’t control. Aldiss’s interest in the temporary and contingent nature of our human lives, I feel is more philosophical and certainly more abstract than Ballards which is as visceral as you would expect given his experiences as related in a slightly fictionalised form in Empire of the Sun.

His next book, a history of love songs, is forthcoming hotjouse Oxford University Press. Inafter seeing a commentary that Brian Aldiss wrote in the journal ‘ Nature ‘, I wrote him a fan letter. Highly recommended to all SF fans!

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