Helliconia Summer A planet orbiting binary suns Helliconia has a Great Year spanning three millennia of Earth time cultures are born in spring flourish in summer then die with the onset of the generations long winte

  • Title: Helliconia Summer
  • Author: Brian W. Aldiss
  • ISBN: 9780020160915
  • Page: 119
  • Format: Paperback
  • A planet orbiting binary suns, Helliconia has a Great Year spanning three millennia of Earth time cultures are born in spring, flourish in summer, then die with the onset of the generations long winter It is the summer of the Great Year on Helliconia The humans are involved with their own affairs Their old enemies, the phagors, are comparatively docile at this time o A planet orbiting binary suns, Helliconia has a Great Year spanning three millennia of Earth time cultures are born in spring, flourish in summer, then die with the onset of the generations long winter It is the summer of the Great Year on Helliconia The humans are involved with their own affairs Their old enemies, the phagors, are comparatively docile at this time of year, yet they can afford to wait, to take advantage of human weakness and the king s weakness How they do so brings to a climax this powerfully compelling novel, in which the tortuous unwindings of circumstance enmesh royalty and commoners alike, and involve the Helliconia continents This is the second volume of the Helliconia Trilogy a monumental saga that goes beyond anything yet created by this master among today s imaginative writers.

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      Pseudonyms Jael Cracken, Peter Pica, John Runciman, C.C Shackleton, Arch Mendicant, Doc Peristyle.Brian Wilson Aldiss was one of the most important voices in science fiction writing today 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 1999 Brian Aldiss died on August 19, 2017, just after celebrating his 92th birthday with his family and closest friends.Brian W Aldiss Group on Good Reads



    2 thoughts on “Helliconia Summer

    1. En vieillissant, on change quand même pas mal.C'est la première réflexion qui m'est venue à l'esprit, une fois cet épais roman terminé.De là à dire qu'on devient ronchon, il n'y a qu'un pas que je ne franchirai pas ;-)Pour en revenir à ce roman, il raconte l'histoire du roi JandalAnganol, de la reine MirdemIngala, et de quelques autres personnages, dans cette époque torride qu'est l'Eté d'Helliconia. Parce qu'à cause de son système binaire, le temps est terriblement chaud en cette [...]

    2. Some development from the first volume. The relationship between the natives and the human observers becomes clearer, and the theme of progress, challenging received wisdom and increasing knowledge is even stronger. It's still too long, though. Lots of murky political intrigue which was less than gripping.

    3. 4 stars from Jesse, read the full review at FANTASY LITERATUREThe shape of Brian Aldiss’s SF Masterwork Helliconia could be said to be parabolic. If Helliconia Spring is the slow, curving entry point, then Helliconia Summer, the middle volume, is the zenith story-wise. Or at least that’s the feel two-thirds of the way through the series. As Aldiss is trying to paint a historical and evolutionary picture of humanity’s existence on a distant planet, Helliconia Summer’s narrative does not p [...]

    4. So far, I’ve completed 2/3 of the Helliconia series by Brian Aldiss. They’re categorized as science fiction, and while they are most definitely fiction, you can’t count out the science part of it. Sometimes I felt like I needed a degree to follow Aldiss’ lengthy explanations of the hows and whys Helliconian ecology was the way it was. There was also such a psychological edge to the story that after a few chapters, there was no way you could ever doubt the reasons for the Queen of England [...]

    5. A very dense book that creates an incredible new world / solar system. The two dominate life forms (and there are two or three others) are controlled by the fact that their planet has recently (8 million years) been captured by a red giant star. Aldiss creates a complex ecosystem but then doesn't do much with it. The author is more interested in telling us these neat ideas then really having a good story (so much wasted potential). The plot deals with a king (and lesser with his divorced queen) [...]

    6. If you can get passed the sheer volume of this trilogy you'll find a well thought through universe that Aldiss has clearly put a lot of thought into. Sadly for me this didn't really get going until Winter, by which time I'd already felt like the first two thirds of the series had been something of a waste.

    7. In this second season on Helliconia, compared to the first book, the point of view is still somewhat fuzzy, but I think the characterization is a bit better.The hot season is now at its full and everybody becomes heated, so that this part is more about politics and wars, but still influenced by the weather, this time an extreme heat.

    8. Me gustó. Es bastante complicado en cuanto a la diplomacia, por momentos me hacía acordar a Dune, pero con una narrativa no tan atrapante. Igual, sigue siendo bueno, y todavía me falta la parte 3 para terminar la trilogía y ver el final

    9. Helliconia basks in the glow of the Great Summer. The continent of Campannlat is now dominated by the Holy Empire, a loose religious affiliation between the three great kingdoms of Pannoval, Oldorando and Borlien. These nations find themselves threatened by the far less technologically-advanced but considerably more populous jungle and desert nations to the west and the even more savage tribes to the east. When King JandolAnganol suffers a humiliating defeat to tribesmen using firearms (bought a [...]

    10. Growing up in Texas, summer (vacation) was long, hot and – aside from the initial joy of having no more school, and occasional events – boring. Not very much happened, and what did didn't really tie together. That's kind of a good summary of Helliconia Summer. The Helliconia series is a fabulous Big Idea: A world like Earth, but whose "seasons" are hundreds of years (and many human lifetimes), a world shared between creatures of the cold and humans, creatures of the warmth. How does the bios [...]

    11. reviewstaphorosis2.5 starsOn a planet with a complex orbit and centuries-long seasons, humans dominate the warmer times, only in some places living quietly with phagors and other sentient species. Their lives are observed remotely by Earth, via the Avernus, an orbital observation station. On the station, whose occupants have their own fascination with Helliconia's royal scandals, one resident has just won a lottery, offering him a ticket to the surface, and to certain death.After the sweeping, M [...]

    12. In a strange way, it feels like the equally well-written Helliconia Spring was but the prolog to Helliconia Summer, a well-crafted, huge-canvass story of politics, warfare, and religion on this now well-established earth-like planet some one thousand lightyears from the one we call home.Once Mr. Aldiss had created and set the Helliconia stage during its long Spring, he now proceeds during its longer Summer with a detailed and very absorbing tale of warring kingdoms, blind religious (and powerful [...]

    13. Summer finds humans in ascendance and their phagor rivals pushed to the boundaries. If you're like me you couldn't help hoping that this would be the cycle where humanity broke the cycle of rise-and-fall, banding together to forge something united and strong enough to survive the long Helliconian winter. Summer quickly established that, if achieved, this would not be an easy victory. While science has progressed, life is still very cheap on Helliconia, and wars over territory or religion persist [...]

    14. A science fiction series with fantasy plots and a planet as the main character is how I'd describe this series. The books share very few plot lines, but closely follow the changes of an entire ecosystem across three seasons, so should be read in order.What Brian W. Aldiss does here is nothing short of amazing. I have yet to read such interesting and detailed biological descriptions of the denizens of "Helliconia". He is also very adept at building local "legends" that are slowly unraveled as the [...]

    15. Maybe 3.5 stars. I think I liked this one slightly more than the first; the scientific speculations throughout the book and the big reveal near the end were pretty interesting, especially given the very unique setting they were occurring in.

    16. This book continues the story of the human race on far distant Helliconia. It does not pick up immediately after the first book, but rather hundreds of years in to the future. Everything is still being observed by the people of the Avernus satellite and beamed back to Earth. In the story the summer of the Great Year (1829 normal years) is approaching. Many tropical areas have become almost unlivable. The Phagors (ancient enemies of mankind) are in a docile period preparing for the Winter. The st [...]

    17. Possibly the weakest of the three, it's certainly the longest. Again we get a broad, complex and multi-layered plot involving numerous characters as Helliconia approaches the height of it's summer. This time the action spans most of the inhabited parts of the planet, instead of being based almost entirely in Oldorando (Embruddock). The level of civilisation has advanced to something like the late middle ages, but so has the politics with countries being almost constantly in one war or another an [...]

    18. Finished this straight after the previous Helliconia Spring.It's a more complex book, as Aldiss fleshes out other parts of the continents of Helliconia - set several centuries after the previous one, although nicely referring back to the 'myths' containing the protagonists in the previous book like Aoz Roon and Shay Tal.I like the complexities in general, the changing balances of power between religion, state, and the projection of increasingly complex societies and technologies as the "summer" [...]

    19. Dbałość o detale, niesamowicie dopracowanie świata, będącego swoistą paralelą ziemskiego średniowiecza, wzbogaconego o elementy z pogranicza science-fiction i fantasy a co za tym idzie, masą nawiązań do ważkich wydarzeń historycznych, czy naszych odkryć naukowych (ze wskazaniem na swoistą odmianę teorii doboru naturalnego) - tym, niewątpliwie "Lato Helikonii" ujmuje i zachwyca.W świat ów wprowadził autor doskonale nakreślone, niejednowymiarowe postaci, których losy krzyżu [...]

    20. nwhytevejournal/2583651mlHelliconia Summer also still worked for me - the twist here is that the Earth observation satellite sends a volunteer from its crew to the surface of Helliconia, where he knows he will not survive long due to a lack of immunity from local diseases, but gets very much mixed up in a complex dynastic / political / gendered dispute among local rulers. Aldiss plays the theme of technologically advanced individual failing to impress a much more medieval civilisation very nicel [...]

    21. This book has points where it feels like it is dragging. Put those points are well worth it when you get to the end of the book and see how all that random stuff ties together. Just like the first book, it ends abruptly, but the storylines are wrapped up enough that it leaves you wondering what will happen next.

    22. I read an interview with Mr Aldiss in the 80s where he said this series was inspired by the English tradition of Shakespeare, Hardy and Stapledon where big pictures overlay small, tragic stories. Except it's a bloody huge canvas and quite an epic story at surface level. This continues to be a very rewarding reread.

    23. The way the human memory changes and the implications of this is very interestingly depicted in this part of the trilogy. The story seems to have more depth than it did in the first part. The thing that i find redundant is the story (and possible meddling) of the satellite humans and the Earth people.

    24. The middle book of the triology has more intrigue than the other two - I don't know if the summer heat brings out the deviance in people or what. It's like they have plenty and life is good, so they're bored and invent problems so they have a struggle

    25. Re-reading it after years. I am enjoying the trilogy. Finding it quite spellbinding, a myriad of characters and species, and in this one in particular an odyssey around the planet's varied and majestic landscape and ecology.

    26. Once again, Brian Aldiss creats a fascinating vibrant world and proceeds to populate it with unlikable and uninteresting characters. This one was a slog for me. Not recommended, but I will be fighting through the 3rd volume so satisfy my completionist self.

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