Brian Aldiss

  • English writer
  • Born August 18, 1925

Brian Wilson Aldiss, OBE (; 18 August 1925 – 19 August 2017) was an English writer and anthology-editor, best known for science fiction novels and short stories. His byline reads either Brian W. Aldiss or simply Brian Aldiss, except for occasional pseudonyms during the mid-1960s. Greatly influenced by science fiction pioneer H. G. Wells, Aldiss was a vice-president of the international H. G. Wells Society. He was (with Harry Harrison) co-president of the Birmingham Science Fiction Group. Aldiss was named a Grand Master by the Science Fiction Writers of America in 2000 and inducted by the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2004.

It is comparatively easy to become a writer; staying a writer, resisting formulaic work, generating one's own creativity - that's a much tougher matter.

Science fiction is no more written for scientists that ghost stories are written for ghosts.

Civilization is the distance man has placed between himself and his excreta.

Feedback is a pleasant thing. I get a lot of letters from unexpected people in unexpected places.

I am a writer and always was; being a writer is an integral part of my identity. Being published, being well regarded, is a component of that identity.

Keep violence in the mind where it belongs.

When childhood dies, its corpses are called adults.

Whatever creativity is, it is in part a solution to a problem.

I can't help believing that these things that come from the subconscious mind have a sort of truth to them. It may not be a scientific truth, but it's psychological truth.