Mouthwatering…

I’ve always been a huge fan of Brian Aldiss.  The first book of his I read was Helliconia Spring when I was about… I dunno, about 12 or 13 years old or so.  I enjoyed it hugely, and went on to read the other books in the series – Helliconia Summer and Helliconia Winter.  Aspects of these books were a little too adult for me at the time, though I did appreciate them more upon a second reading several years later.  As an aside, GP book The Survivors takes place in a solar system very similar to that of Helliconia.  Or rather, the Helliconia trilogy takes place in a system that perhaps draws it’s inspiration from that in which Tom Godwin’s Ragnarok orbits.  I commented on this in the Review.  I have subsequently read many of Mr. Aldiss’ books and have enjoyed his writing immensely.  In my library are a couple of his first editions – The Malacia Tapestry from 1976 and the 1963 collection The Airs of Earth – as well as five or six various paperbacks.  The reason for this post is that last week I picked up a first edition of what is my favorite of his short story collections, The Saliva Tree and Other Strange Growths, published in 1966.  I’m excited about that, it should arrive next week.  We might get a photographic look at it sometime…

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