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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Another surprising character is The Farmer, a man that Nolan sees as a capitalist monster, but who turns out to be — at least at the finale- a compassionate man trying to hold a crumbling business empire together whilst attempting to do the best thing for the good of everyone. Not sure that I really understood it.

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

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I paid a penny for Earthworksand it is definitely worth it. The action ambiguous because the perpetrator is so ignorant of the world in which he lives. Refresh and try again.

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Other editions – View all Earthworks Brian W. Out of Earthdorks 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. What art have I seen? And then it devolves into a poorly done political intrigue caper… That whole part felt hasty, rushed, and ramshackle.


Overall, in short, dont bother. Jan 17, Mertan rated it it was ok. There are a few gems, like the future politics of African world powers, but much of the characterization is lacking.

Originally posted on The Hollywood Forest Story: Writer made a good description of a dystopian world, the labour camps antagonist spent his youth was well told and for me that was the best part of the book. No one uses birth control, sex is the only distraction from boredom, and the population is spiralling out of control.


Aldiss explores the relationships of control and freedom, power and rebellion, and encapsulates a mighty global struggle, in the shape of a man with renegade te 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.

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. It amazes me that anyone thought such a novel could be suitable for children. This book is rarely mentioned in the Aldiss oeuvre, but it has so much of what makes his writing distinctive, and is a nice bridge into the New Wave works to follow in just a few years.

My library Help Advanced Book Search. The Farmer rules from his barrack-like cities the Landsmen who till his toxin stricken fields as punishment for minor infractions. One can only speculate as to what wonders would be unleashed if only more genre writers paid such attention to characterisation and detail as Aldiss. I agree with most of your points, regarding this novel, Joachim. Sci-fi about the social ramifications of overpopulation, a call for suggestions.

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No trivia or quizzes yet. By the way, I think your blog, and reviews, are excellent, and I always look forward to each new one — keep up the good work! Noland has to be convinced of the rightness of it and, ultimately, steps up to the plate to become, if not a hero in the classic sense, then at least an antihero and gain his place in history. Although I have bought some electronic stuff with really fat cardboard packaging that takes forever to saw through with a big knife.


Definitely not Aldiss’s best work.

I would have thought with a set up like that it was guaranteed to make me smile and dutifully shell out 4 stars.

Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Noland is a complex character who throughout his life has not been much of a hero. They wouldn’t let us do that so out of respect for one of my aleiss SF author’s Brian aldriss, rest in peace my brother.

Post was not sent – check your email addresses! Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by akdiss. Who can forget that opening! I read this book in and remember little of the plot now.

The story is basically a thriller, but the background evokes so many issues that resound.

Earthworks (novel) – Wikipedia

All compounded by the fact that it was bad prediction fueled by the non-scientific Malthusian catastrophe. Choked, disease-ridden towns, robots and prison gangs tending the bare, poisond renched countryside are all characteristic of Knowle’s world; only in Africais the soil still fertile and the people still relatively vital. Preview — Earthworks by Brian W. But as you say, there is some very memorable imagery and he does a good job of essaying the ecologically devastated future, that we now seem to be rushing towards.

No one uses birth control, sex is the only distraction from boredom and the population is spiralling out of control.