Aldiss, Brian W.
Title Helliconia Spring (and) Helliconia Summer (and) Helliconia Winter.
Book Condition Page edges browned, else fine copies in fine dustjackets (as new).
Edition First editions (& 1st printings).
Publisher Jonathan Cape: London. 1982 - 1985.
0224018434 / 9780224018432
Seller ID 00571
Three volumes: complete set of the Helliconia sf trilogy.
''three massive, thoroughly researched, deeply through-composed tales set on a planet whose primary sun is in an eccentric orbit around another star, so that the planet experiences both small seasons and an eon-long Great Year, during the course of which radical changes afflict the human-like inhabitants. Cultures are born in spring, flourish over the summer, and die with the onset of the generations-long winter. A team from an exhausted Terran civilization observes the spectacle from orbit. Throughout all three volumes, BWA pays homage to various high moments of pulp sf, rewriting several classic action climaxes into a dark idiom that befits Helliconia. As an exercise in world-building, the Helliconia books lie unassailably at the heart of modern sf'' (John Clute/Encyclopedia of SF).