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1 Aldiss, Brian W.A Is For Brian: A 65th Birthday Present For Brian W. Aldiss From His Family, Friends, Colleagues and Admirers. 00162
Avernus: London. 1990.
First edition (& 1st printing).
Oversize pictorial covers.
128 pages. Contributions from Kingsley Amis, J. G. Ballard, Ken Campbell, Harry Harrison, Robert Holdstock, Doris Lessing, Michael Moorcock, Christopher Priest, Kit Reed, Robert Silverberg and many others.

Fine (as new) copy.

Price: 20.00 GBP
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2 Aldiss, Brian W.An Island Called Moreau (inscribed & dated by the author). 23313
Simon & Schuster: NY. 1981.
First edition thus (& 1st printing).
Hardcover.
SF novel. Title change: issued earlier in Britain as MOREAU'S OTHER ISLAND (1980). INSCRIBED, SIGNED AND DATED BY THE AUTHOR/''To - , all the best, Brian W. Aldiss, Metropole '82''.

''plays fruitfully with themes from H.G. Wells: during a nuclear war a US official discovers that bioengineering experiments performed on a deserted island are a secret project run by his own department'' (David Pringle & John Clute/Encyclopedia of SF).


Fine copy in a fine dustjacket (as new) but for just a little wear along the top edge of the front panel.

Price: 20.00 GBP
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3 Aldiss, Brian W.Avernus Presents Science Fiction Blues With Brian Aldiss. 14165
Avernus: London. 1987.
First edition (& 1st printing).
Stapled wrappers.
Collector's programme: 12 pages. Includes three unpublished short stories.

Fine (as new) copy.

Price: 5.00 GBP
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4 Aldiss, Brian W.Barefoot In The Head. 20475
Ace Books: NY. 1972.
First paperback edition.
Paperback original.
SF (''fix-up'') novel, expanded from his ''Acid-Head War'' short stories first published in New Worlds.

''during the latter half of the 1960s Aldiss was closely identified with New Wave sf, and in particular with the innovative magazine New Worlds under the fruitfully controversial editorship of Michael Moorcock; Aldiss was instrumental in obtaining a 1967 Arts Council grant for the magazine, which saved it for a few years. Though never fully at ease with New Worlds's submission to an aesthetic dominated by J G Ballard, Aldiss published some increasingly unconventional fiction here, notably his novel Report on Probability A (short version March 1967 New Worlds; 1968; written 1962 but unpublishable until the times changed), an sf transposition of the techniques of the French ''anti-novelists'' into a surrealist story of enigmatic voyeurism, and his Acid-Head War stories, collected as BAREFOOT IN THE HEAD: A EUROPEAN FANTASIA (fixup 1969). Set in the aftermath of a European war in which psychedelic drugs have been used as weapons, the latter is written in a dense, punning style reminiscent of James Joyce's Finnegans Wake (1939); it is an ambitious tour de force of modernism in SF'' (John Clute & David Pringle/The Encyclopedia of SF, 3rd Edition).


Fine (unread) copy but for browning along edges of inner covers.

Price: 5.00 GBP
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5 Aldiss, Brian W.Barefoot In The Head: A European Fantasia. 41119
Faber & Faber: London. 1969.
First edition (& 1st printing).
Hardcover.
SF novel.

''during the latter half of the 1960s Aldiss was closely identified with New Wave sf, and in particular with the innovative magazine New Worlds under the fruitfully controversial editorship of Michael Moorcock; Aldiss was instrumental in obtaining a 1967 Arts Council grant for the magazine, which saved it for a few years. Though never fully at ease with New Worlds's submission to an aesthetic dominated by J G Ballard, Aldiss published some increasingly unconventional fiction here, notably his novel Report on Probability A (short version March 1967 New Worlds; 1968; written 1962 but unpublishable until the times changed), an sf transposition of the techniques of the French ''anti-novelists'' into a surrealist story of enigmatic voyeurism, and his Acid-Head War stories, collected as BAREFOOT IN THE HEAD: A EUROPEAN FANTASIA (fixup 1969). Set in the aftermath of a European war in which psychedelic drugs have been used as weapons, the latter is written in a dense, punning style reminiscent of James Joyce's Finnegans Wake (1939); it is an ambitious tour de force of modernism in SF'' (John Clute & David Pringle/The Encyclopedia of SF, 3rd Edition).


Small bookshop sticker on bottom edge of front pastedown, one library stamp on copyright page (but no other library markings anywhere), a near fine copy in a fine pictorial dustjacket.

Price: 50.00 GBP
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6 Aldiss, Brian W.Best SF Stories OF Brian W. Aldiss. 04608
Victor Gollancz: London. 1988.
First edition (& 1st printing).
Hardcover.


Fine copy in an almost fine dustjacket with fading to the lettering on the spine from red to yellow.

Price: 5.00 GBP
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7 Aldiss, Brian W.Billion Year Spree: The History of Science Fiction. 42420
Weidenfeld & Nicholson: London. 1973.
First edition (& 1st printing).
Hardcover.
340 pages.

''Billion Year Spree: The History of Science Fiction (1973), a large survey of sf marked by iconoclasms, enthusiasms, and impatience, is Aldiss's most important nonfiction work as far as the genre is concerned; its central argument - that sf is a child of the intersection of Gothic romance with the Industrial Revolution, and that Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley's Frankenstein(1818) is the founding text of the genre, gives profound pleasure as a myth of origin. Though it fails circumstantially to be altogether convincing, its focus on the early nineteenth century, a period during which Western consciousness underwent revolutionary change, remains salutary, as is its downgrading (sometimes intemperate) of twentieth-century American sf. The book was much expanded and, perhaps inevitably, somewhat diluted in effect as Trillion Year Spree: The History of Science Fiction (1986) with David Wingrove, which won a Hugo'' (John Clute & David Pringle/Encyclopedia of SF, 3rd Edition).


Fine copy in a VG dustjacket.

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8 Aldiss, Brian W.Bodily Functions (signed by the author).. 32878
Avernus: London. 1991.
First edition (& 1st printing).
Hardcover.
Collects four stories, two poems and a letter to Sam J. Lundwall (on the subject of bowel movement). Very limited hardcover, just one hundred copies printed, as stated: ''This book is printed for a private celebration, the birthday of a friend. It is limited to 100 copies''. THIS COPY SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR.

Fine copy in a VG+ dustjacket with edge wear, and some rubbing to the (blue) dustjacket.

Price: 25.00 GBP
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9 Aldiss, Brian W.Bodily Functions. 00148
Avernus: London. 1991.
First edition (& 1st printing).
Hardcover.
Collects four stories, two poems and a letter to Sam J. Lundwall (on the subject of bowel movement). Very limited hardcover, just one hundred copies printed, as stated: ''This book is printed for a private celebration, the birthday of a friend. It is limited to 100 copies''.

Fine copy in an a VG+ dustjacket with edge wear and some rubbing to the (blue) dustjacket.

Price: 15.00 GBP
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10 Aldiss, Brian W.Bury My Heart At W. H. Smith's: A Writing Life. 00832
Avernus: London. 1990.
First edition (& 1st printing).
Hardcover.
Autobiography. LIMITED EDITION. 250 numbered hardcover copies signed by the author: this special edition contains six extra chapters not found in the Hodder trade edition, and also a ''unique memento'' of the author's writing career, in a card pocket affixed to the rear pastedown.

Fine copy in a fine dustjacket (as new).

Price: 15.00 GBP
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11 Aldiss, Brian W.Cracken At Critical. 00847
Kerosina: Worcester Park. 1987.
First edition (& 1st printing).
Hardcover.
SF novel. Published the same year in the US as THE YEAR BEFORE YESTERDAY: this Kerosina edition is significantly different from the US edition and is the authors preferred text.

Fine copy in an almost fine dustjacket.

Price: 5.00 GBP
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12 Aldiss, Brian W.Dracula Unbound. 00685
Grafton Books: London. 1991.
First edition (& 1st printing).
Hardcover.
Time-travel vampire novel with Bram Stoker as a protagonist.

''in the barren dust of the far future, the sun leaks energy in a darkening sky and the only remaining humans are imprisoned by spectral, bloodthirsty beings. Back in the brilliant Utah sunlight of 1999, two ancient graves yield evidence that a species of human coexisted with the dinosaurs . . . linking these scenarios is impetuous inventor Joe Bodenland, who has just created a machine that manipulates time to dispose of hazardous waste''.


Fine copy in a fine dustjacket (as new) but for a little browning along page edges.

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13 Aldiss, Brian W.Farewell To A Child. 05833
Priapus Press: Hertfordshire. 1982.
First edition (& 1st printing).
Stapled wrappers.
16 pages: short poem. 350 copies printed.

Fine (as new) copy.

Price: 5.00 GBP
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14 Aldiss, Brian W.Forgotten Life. 04521
Victor Gollancz: London. 1988.
First edition (& 1st printing).
Hardcover.
Mainstream novel. SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR.

Fine copy in a fine dustjacket (as new).

Price: 10.00 GBP
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15 Aldiss, Brian W.Forgotten Life. 04454
Victor Gollancz: London. 1988.
First edition (& 1st printing).
Hardcover.
Mainstream novel.

Fine copy in a fine dustjacket (as new).

Price: 5.00 GBP
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16 Aldiss, Brian W.Helliconia Spring (and) Helliconia Summer (and) Helliconia Winter. 00571
Jonathan Cape: London. 1982 - 1985.
First editions (& 1st printings).
Hardcovers.
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).


Page edges a little browned, else fine copies in fine dustjackets (as new).

Price: 85.00 GBP
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17 Aldiss, Brian W.Item Eighty-Three: Brian W. Aldiss: A Bibliography 1954-1972. 03389
Nd (1973).
First edition (& 1st printing).
Stapled wrappers.
Bibliographical checklist of fiction, nonfiction and edited works, compiled by Margaret Aldiss: revised and updated edition of the earlier 'Item 43'. Burgess, Reference Guide to Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror 266.

Fine (as new) copy.

Price: 5.00 GBP
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18 Aldiss, Brian W. (Philip K. Dick)Kindred Blood In Kensington Gore. 07482
Avernus: London. 1992.
First edition (& 1st printing).
Stapled wrappers.
Short play, subtitled 'Philip K. Dick In The Afterlife: An Imaginary Conversation'. 28-page booklet.

Fine (as new) copy.

Price: 5.00 GBP
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19 Aldiss, Brian W.My Country 'Tis Not Only Of Thee: A Story Of The World After The Vietnam War. 12438
Privately printed by the author. 1986.
First edition (& 1st printing).
Stapled wrappers.
28 page short story, printed for the Aldiss Appreciation Society. Limited to 100 signed copies (though this copy - like most - has not been signed).

Fine (as new) copy but for a little rusting to staples.

Price: 5.00 GBP
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20 Banks, Iain (& Brian W. Aldiss, Harry Harrison & Bob Shaw)Overload. 03468
BSFG: Birmingham. 1995.
First edition (& 1st printing).
Stapled pictorial wrappers.
Collection of short fiction and poetry by Iain Banks, Brian W. Aldiss, Harry Harrison and Bob Shaw, published by The Birmingham Science Fiction Group on the occasion of Novacon 25, November 1995 to commemorate their appearance as joint Guests Of Honour. Each author contributes an original short story (Harry Harrison's ''A Dog And His Boy'', had been originally intended for Harlan Ellison's still unpublished ''Last Dangerous Visions''), except for Ian Banks, who contributes two poems. 500 numbered copies.

Fine (as new) copy.

Price: 10.00 GBP
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