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Set on the Earth-like planet Helliconia, this is an epic chronicling the rise and fall of a civilization over more than a thousand years. The great drama of life on Helliconia is shaped by its cosmic limitations. In fierce contrasts of climate, whole seasons last for centuries and civilizations rise and fall as the planet orbits the giant sun Freyr every years.

For short-lived races like humans, space is dominated by the complicated, grandiose Mercatoria. To the Dwellers who may live billions of years, the galaxy consists of their gas-giant planets – the rest is debris. His work consists of rummaging for data in their vast, disorganised memories and libraries. Unfortunately, without knowing it, he’s come close to an ancient secret of unimaginable importance.

Tom Dreyfus is a Prefect, a law enforcement officer with the Panoply. His beat is the multifaceted utopian society of the Glitter Band, that vast swirl of space habitats orbiting the planet Yellowstone, the teeming hub of a human interstellar empire spanning many worlds. Inhumanity is expanding into the wider galaxy in leaps and bounds.

Cutting-edge technology of linked jump gates has rendered most forms of transportation – including starships – virtually obsolete.

HELLICONIA SUMMER by Brian W. Aldiss | Kirkus Reviews

Every place on Earth, every distant planet humankind has settled, is now a step away from any other. And all seems wonderful – until a crashed alien spaceship of unknown origin is found on a newly located world 89 light-years from Earth, carrying a cargo as strange as it is horrifying. To assess the potential of the threat a high-powered team is dispatched to investigate. But one of them may not be all they seem When Ivan Pritchard signs on as a newbie aboard the Mad Astrait’s his final, desperate stab at giving his wife and children the life they deserve.


He can survive the hazing of his crewmates, and how many times, really, can near-zero g make you vomit?

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But there’s another helliconai looming out there, in the farthest reaches of human exploration, that will test every man, woman and AI on the ship – and will force Ivan to confront the very essence of what makes him human.

The waters rose, submerging New York City. But the residents adapted, and it remained the bustling, vibrant metropolis it had always been. Every street became a canal. Every gelliconia an island. Through the eyes of the varied inhabitants of one building, Kim Stanley Robinson shows us how one of summr great cities will change with the rising tides.

And how we, too, will change. In fierce contrasts of climate, wholeseasons last for centuries and civilizations rise and fall as theplanet orbits the giant sun Freyr every years. Brian Wilson Aldiss is one of the most important voices in science-fiction writing hellicconia. He wrote his first novel while working as a bookseller in Oxford. Shortly afterwards he wrote his first work of science fiction and soon gained international recognition.

Adored for his innovative literary techniques, evocative plots, and irresistible characters, he became a Grand Master of Science Fiction in Brian Aldiss recently celebrated his 80th birthday and is still writing, to ardent applause. Having initially written a poor review of the introduction 2 hours!

It’s quite a marathon but the series is massive in scope. Aldiss introduces us to his ideas of nature, evolution, GAIA and so on within the worlds of Helliconia, the space station Avernis and later Earth heliconia it’s colonies. It is a grand vision, carefully imparted in the various stories of the inhabitants of Helliconia.

Sometimes you buy an audio book with high expectations of the story, taking it from the sample that the narration is ok. In this case the story is fine. A little slow to start but if you go with it you?



However the narration completely spoils any sense of drama or suspense. Delivered in the style of a primary school teacher reading a Famous Five novel to a class of 8 year hepliconia, the narrator shows a limited sense of the emotion the author is trying to convey and an even more limited ability to convey wummer.

No effort is made at characterisation during passages spoken by the characters. The narrator begins to sound slow and tired 4 hours into the first half of the story. Long pauses make you wonder if your listening devise has stopped for some reason and at one point echoes, as though the piece was recorded in a village hall and the narrator has moved away from the microphone, spoil enjoyment.

I checked this wasn? I like the story enough to listen to the rest of the trilogy even if the same narrator has been used but will avoid other books narrator by this person in future. Come on Audible, there are far more competent narrators out there. Brian Aldiss Narrated by: The Helliconia TrilogyBook 2 Length: Free with day trial Membership details Membership details 30 days of membership free, plus 1 audiobook and 2 Audible Originals to get you started.

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Give helliconua a gift. People who bought this also bought Alastair Wummer Narrated by: Salvation Salvation Sequence, Book 1 By: The Singularity Trap By: New York By: Kim Stanley Robinson Narrated by: Publisher’s Summary Set on the Earth-like planet Helliconia, this is an epic chronicling the rise and fall of a civilization over more than a thousand years.

What members say Average Customer Ratings Overall. No Reviews are Available. Most Helpful Most Recent. Brilliant series Having initially written a poor review of the introduction 2 hours!