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I really felt a part of this world.

Hothouse (1962), by Brian Aldiss

In this science fiction classic, we are transported millions of years from now, to the boughs of a colossal banyan tree that covers one face of the globe.

I love the setting but I don’t think the story ever came close to doing it justice.

Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here The image problem can be crystallized by this example: That is just as well, not only for the conventional reasons of narrative economy, but also because for some of what Aldiss proposes, there can be hofhouse explication.

Is this where Devo got the idea for de-evolution? Cancel reply Enter alidss comment here The morel is a sentient fungus that enhances the intelligence of creatures it forms symbiotic relationships with.

Jun 03, Michael rated it really liked it Shelves: The plants and vegetation evolved so greatly that many lifeforms mirrored and imitated animals from our time-period, not only in behavioral patterns and functionality, but in many cases, even in their physical description.

One of my first memories of childhood was a trip to the planetarium at Jodrell Bank and the ending sequence of the ‘presentation’ was where they showed the theorised last stages of our Sun’s life as a star with it’s eventual supernova and decline into a red dwarf before inevitably dying out. Life is a tangled mess of interlocking cycles, a mass of chaos from first glance that hides the structure and order of the kill-or-be-killed jungle.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: The group initially consisted of ten members, but the deaths which start on page one come so fast and furious that you might think that Aldiss had drawn on Agatha Christie’s And Then There Was None as a role model. Third, our adventurers just tumble along with little point to their adventure. I really must get into Aldiss — thanks Chris, great review.


The way in which the fungus involves itself in humanity has echoes of But I hoped there would be some character growth or at the very least new ones that would make up for it, so I endured.

He wrote his first novel while working as a bookseller in Oxford. The best thing about this book is the vivid world-building that you can really submerge in. After man and all life on Earth faced a post-apocalyptic radiation scenario, the sun-side of our planet re-invented itself into a lush, tropical cryptobotanical I think I made that word up forest-world where all plant-life and vegetation evolved into sentienceof lesser and greater degrees.

View all 5 comments. Second, the prose herein is not bad for s-f but falls short of lit fic standards. Shining on half the Earth. It has been proposed that Aldiss is one of those writers who occupy a middle ground between science-fiction and what is often called literary fiction.

For me a more satisfying slice is to be had by considering Hothouse as a response to the Far East, rather as Mervyn Peake’s Gormenghast Trilogy is a response to his youth in China and then having to learn to live in Britain.

I’m really impressed with this classic. Fruitwater, a paradise compared to the old Earth. In fact, the more I think about, the more I like it after the fact than I did while reading it.

Hothouse (novel) – Wikipedia

Brian Wilson Aldiss was one of the most important voices in science fiction writing today. However, his human characters and dialogue are dreadful! After several adventures, the crew find themselves on an icebergthe boat destroyed, after which the berg abuts a small islet.

Human evolution seems to have taken a back tour, so mentally these humans have returned to the early days of human civilization- organized in tribes ruled by matriarchs and being driven mostly by their instincts. The unconscious adults reach their destination, where they discover aldies have transformed into “Flymen”, mutated by space radiation into flight-capable forms.


It makes you feel for the characters. Yet you shouldn’t let this deter you from reading Hothouse.

Hothouse – Brian Aldiss

Hothouse was one of those stories. And the fifth family was man, lowly and easily killed, not organized as the insects were, but not extinct, the last animal species in all the all-conquering vegetable world. It’s not just pulp fiction – it’s vegetable-pulp fiction!

The need for exposition is why so much sf in my view struggles to achieve literary greatness. The morel manages to take over the Sodal Ye and when they reach the giant spider, Gren meets Lily-yo again. He has great wisdom but meets his match with an intelligent, parasitic fungus called a Morel.

Hugo Award for Best Short Story — I cannot conceive our planet being able to sustain life having stopped spinning. Of these works, Aldiss’s may be the most audacious, and the least easy to define. Also, I alddiss bad when it became evident that the “tummy-bellies” had met their doom, but they were SO friggin annoying!

On Luna, where life is much easier, and safer, oxygen in abundance,made by the plant life there, which had arrived in earlier trips. It’s an interesting premise As far as I know he is still active and still thinking so far outside the box that “the box” is little more than alsiss quantum fluctuation amid the profound diversity of reality.

I loved it then. The main character, Gren, embarks on a journey in a far-future version of Earth where the sun has grown vast in the sky and carnivorous plants have come to dominate the food-chain.

We are humans like you.