Earthworks [Brian W. Aldiss] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. In a future where the Earth has been savaged by overpopulation and. The future Earth of Brian Aldiss’s Earthworks is a moribund ecological disaster, ruined by poisons, greed, unsustainable development and. It’s a world whose natural resources are almost bankrupt; whose population expansion has reached the suffocating Point; whose technical development cannot.

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Jun 05, Olethros rated it liked it. Dec 14, Evey Morgan rated it it was ok. I also found I had a lot of manifestos: Choked, disease-ridden towns, robots and prison gangs tending the bare, poisond renched countryside are all characteristic of Knowle’s world; only Out of Africa comes a dead man walking upon the water – a portent of the political adventures into which j Knowle Noland, ex-convict, ex-travellerand captain of the 80,ton freighter Trieste Star, is about to tumble headlong.

Want to Read saving…. Definitely not Sldiss best work.

Book Review: Earthworks, Brian W. Aldiss (1965)

You are commenting using your Twitter account. He alone is prepared to fire a shot that will throw the world into hideous war, but may leave a brave new world for the earthwork. Notify me of new comments via email. It was a good book earrthworks it did not meet my expectations after reading the back cover. Nolan, an orphan from England, was sent to the farms as punishment for a minor infraction.

To ask other readers questions about Earthworksplease sign up. The earth has a population of 24 billion. There are some sections which seem very Ballardian, particularly the scenes with Justine, a beautiful but deadly sociopath, who in one scene fills a watering can with poison and calmly waters the plants within a room while conducting a conversation with Noland.


The characters all four of them were so thin they make cardboard look really fat, and we all know that cardboard is thin. In common with the Helliconia Trilogy and Hothouse I suppose that the environment is the most important character, although the only one never to say anything directly.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: This is the sort of book that illustrates why I stopped reading SF published after about or so. I thought about poetry: Further suggestions might be found on the article’s talk page.

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May 01, Paul Bryant rated it did not like it Shelves: When I asked Aldiss about this novel in a recent 3 hour interview I did with him, he obviously saw it as one of his inferior pieces, even though I quite liked it, in some ways see my wordpress blog for news soon of the radio broadcast of this interview in December, if you are interested.

When the narrator is mentally unstable, the reader is earthworjs for a ride.

Ha… and the shortness of the novel does make me a little better disposed to it. This site uses cookies. Look, look hard, and take a knife, Carve yourself a conscience!

Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Another remarkable Aldiss novel, first published inthat demonstrates how accomplished a prose stylist he is, as well as proving that he was superb at extrapolating trends.

The catastrophe of industria This may sound irrelevant but the book reminded me the movie Elysium for the reason they both found a good idea, started with a good set up but could not tie this set up to a good story.

The over population must be a great concern of the 60’s. They are actually quite chilling; the murder that forms the frame for the Year Before Yesterday is probably the best example.


I gave 4 stars.


Their aim is to assassinate the President of Africa and plunge the world into another global war, thus relieving the Earth of the burden of its millions of people and allowing it to heal while the Travellers are destined to become the survivors, and the nucleus of a second chance for Humanity. Ecology had become a meaningless word from the past. May 13, rafolas rated it liked it.

I really find Aldiss a great idea man and I absolutely love this theme in science fiction. As I said the good ideas and worthy predictions told in the book were not tied to a remarkable story.

Earthworks is a dystopian science fiction novel by British science fiction author Brian Aldiss. Nov 19, Paul Earthwotks rated it really liked it.

Other editions – View all Earthworks Brian W. The Farmer rules from his barrack-like cities the Landsmen who till his toxin stricken fields as punishment for minor infractions.

Earthworks (novel) – Wikipedia

Pages to import images to Wikidata All stub articles. Earthworks Cover of first edition hardcover. Click to print Opens in new window Click to email this to a friend Opens in new window Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Click to share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Reddit Opens in new window Like this: However… when Knowle finally lands in Africa and gets mixed up with Justine a completely hollow silly character and the hasty expose on African and the, OH we should murder the President bit, that is a drastic attempt to make a meaningful plot.