Happy birthday to English author and editor Brian Aldiss (18 August, 1925).
- Mr. Aldiss started writing at the age of 3, his mother bound his stories and kept them on the shelf.
- During World War II Mr. Aldiss joined the Royal Signals and served in Burma. The experience inspired the second and third Horatio Stubbs books.
- While working in an Oxford bookstore, Mr. Aldiss wrote for a trade journal about … life in a fictitious book store.
- In 1954 Mr. Aldiss’ short story, Not For An Age, ranked third by readers in a competition sponsored by The Observer.
- By 1957 Mr Aldiss earned as much from his writing as his job as a bookseller so he because a full time writer.
- In 1958 Mr. Aldiss was voted as Most Promising New Author at the Word Science Fiction Convention.
- Mr. Aldiss’ first novel, The Brightfound Diaries (1955) is about a sales assistant in a bookshop.
- He served as the literary editor of the Oxford Mail.
- Mr. Aldiss argued that Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is the first true science fiction story because the central character “makes a deliberate decision” and “turns to modern experiments in the laboratory” to achieve the results.
- Brian Aldiss invented the Minisaga, a short story containing exactly 50 words plus a title.
Zohar – Man of la Book
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