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The twinkling of an eye, or, My life as an Englishman

Author: Brian W Aldiss
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 1999.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st U.S. edView all editions and formats

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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Brian W Aldiss; Brian W Aldiss
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Brian W Aldiss
ISBN: 0312193467 9780312193461
OCLC Number: 40396207
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 484 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Other Titles: Twinkling of an eye
My life as an Englishman
Responsibility: by Brian Aldiss.
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"Born in 1925, Aldiss is representative of the unique generation that reached adolescence in the era of World War II. Growing up in the rural hells of Norfolk and Devon, the son of a department store owner, he was formed and altered by wartime, serving three years in Burma and Asia with the Forgotten Army. Intrigued by science fiction and the near-apocalyptic imagery of the London Blitz, Aldiss became intoxicated by the beautiful lands, tropical climate, and horrific brutality he discovered in Burma and Sumatra, an "enchanted zone" that later pro-vided the catalyst for much of his work." "Poignantly and passionately, Aldiss recalls the camarade-rie of the army and the sobriety of postwar England; book-selling in Oxford; marital breakdown and financial impov-erishment; life as a struggling novelist and literary editor; his seminal role in the science fictions New Wave in the 1960s; and his friendships with Kingsley Amis, J.G. Bal-lard, Doris Lessing, and Michael Moorcock, among oth-ers." - Book jacket


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