Brian W. Aldiss (1925-2017) was an English author of science fiction novels and short stories. Aldiss grew up reading the works of H.G. Wells, Robert Heinlein and eventually Philip K. Dick. Prior to becoming an author, he served in the Royal Signals in World War II (where he saw action). Following the war, he worked as a bookseller. During this time, he wrote short stories for a trade journal, which got the attention of an editor at Faber and Faber. His career was decorated with such awards and accolades as being named a Grand Master by the Science Fiction Writers of America, being inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame, two Hugo Awards, one Nebula Award and one John W. Campbell Memorial Award.

Brian Aldiss debuted as a novelist in 1954 with the novel Starswarm. Below is a list of Brian Aldiss’ books in order of when they were originally published:

Publication Order of Horatio Stubbs Books

The Hand-Reared Boy (1970)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
A Soldier Erect (1971)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
A Rude Awakening (1978)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of The Squire Quartet Books

Life in the West (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Forgotten Life (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Remembrance Day (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Somewhere East of Life (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Helliconia Books

(with Maxim Jakubowski)

Helliconia Spring (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Helliconia Summer (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Helliconia Winter (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Starswarm (1954)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Brightfount Diaries (1955)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Non-Stop / Starship (1958)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Vanguard From Alpha (1959)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Bow Down to Nul / The Interpreter (1960)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Hothouse / The Long Afternoon of Earth (1961)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Male Response (1961)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Primal Urge (1961)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Dark Light Years (1964)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Greybeard (1964)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Earthworks (1965)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Cryptozoic! / An Age (1967)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Report on Probability A (1968)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Barefoot in the Head (1969)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Neanderthal Planet (1969)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Frankenstein Unbound (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Eighty-Minute Hour (1974)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Enemies of the System (1978)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Moreau's Other Island (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
An Island Called Moreau (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Tales from the Planet Earth (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Year Before Yesterday / Cracken at Critical (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Ruins (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Sex and the Black Machine (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Dracula Unbound (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
White Mars (With: Roger Penrose) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Cretan Teat (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Super State (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Affairs At Hampden Ferrers (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Jocasta (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Sanity and the Lady (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Harm (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Walcot (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Finches of Mars (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Comfort Zone (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Malacia Tapestry (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

Space, Time and Nathaniel (1957)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
No Time Like Tomorrow (1959)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Galaxies Like Grains of Sand / The Canopy of Time (1959)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Airs of Earth (1963)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Saliva Tree (1966)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Who Can Replace a Man? (1966)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Intangibles Inc. And Other Stories (1969)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Moment of Eclipse (1970)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Comic Inferno / The Book of Brian Aldiss (1972)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Equator (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Brothers of the Head (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Last Orders (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Pile (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
New Arrivals, Old Encounters (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Foreign Bodies (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Farewell to a Child (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Seasons in Flight (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
A Tupolev Too Far and Other Stories (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Magic of the Past (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Science Fiction Blues (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Man in His Time (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
At the Caligula Hotel (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Secret of This Book / Common Clay (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The God Who Slept With Women (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Supertoys Last All Summer Long and Other Stories of Future Time (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Dark Sun Rises (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Cultural Breaks (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
A Prehistory of Mind (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Mortal Morning (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Invention of Happiness (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Songs from the Steppes (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Complete Short Stories: The 1950s (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Complete Short Stories: The 1960s (Part 1) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Complete Short Stories: The 1960s (Part 2) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Best SF Anthologies

Best SF: 1968 / The Year's Best Science Fiction 2 (With: Robert Sheckley,Harry Harrison) (1969)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Best SF: 1969 / The Year's Best Science Fiction 3 (With: Harry Harrison) (1970)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Best SF: 1970 / The Year's Best Science Fiction 4 (With: Harry Harrison) (1971)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Best SF: 1971 / The Year's Best Science Fiction 5 (With: Harry Harrison) (1972)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Best SF: 1975 / The Year's Best Science Fiction 9 (With: Harry Harrison) (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

The Shape of Further Things (1970)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Billion Year Spree (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Science Fiction Art (1975)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
This World and Nearer Ones (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Pale Shadow of Science (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Trillion Year Spree (With: David Wingrove) (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
And the Lurid Glare of the Comet/Articles and Autobiography (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Detached Retina (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Bury My Heart at W.H. Smith's (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Home Life With Cats (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
When The Feast Is Finished (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Twinkling of an Eye or My Life as an Englishman (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Art After Apogee (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Plutonian Monologue (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Starry Messenger (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
An Exile on Planet Earth (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Twinkling of an Eye (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
And the Lurid Glare of the Comet (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

A Chinese Perspective (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
A New (Governmental) Father Christmas (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Andromeda Books

(with Robert Holdstock, Michael G. Coney, Peter Weston)

Andromeda 2 (By: Peter Weston) (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Andromeda 3 (By: Gino d'Achille,Peter Weston) (1978)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Orbit Science Fiction Yearbooks Books

(with Howard Waldrop, Felix C. Gotschalk, Lisa Tuttle, Lucius Shepard, Dan Simmons, Jonathan Carroll, Kate Wilhelm, Richard Kadrey, Marta Randall, John Clute, David S. Garnett)

The Orbit Science Fiction Yearbook Two (By: David S. Garnett) (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Orbit Science Fiction Yearbook Three (By: David S. Garnett) (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Isaac Asimov's Anthology Books

Isaac Asimov's Worlds of Science Fiction (By: Isaac Asimov,Tanith Lee,Phyllis Eisenstein,Gene Wolfe,Barry B. Longyear,John M. Ford,Arnie Bateman,Alan Dean Foster,Martin Gardner,Randall Garrett,Rob Chilson,Ted Reynolds,George Scithers,Richard S. McEnroe,Jeff Duntemann,R.N. Bracewell,K.W. MacAnn,G. Richard Bozarth) (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Isaac Asimov's Near Futures and Far (By: Isaac Asimov,Frederik Pohl,Carter Scholz,Barry B. Longyear,John M. Ford,Jack Williamson,Darrell Schweitzer,John Brunner,Juleen Brantingham,Martin Gardner,Richard Wilson,Milton A. Rothman,Elizabeth Anne Hull,Sharon Webb,Somtow Sucharitkul,Lee Weinstein,Ted Reynolds,George Scithers,F. Gwynplaine MacIntyre,William Tuning,Francis E. Izzo,Paul David Novitski,Lee Russell,Seth S. Horowitz,Tol E. Rant,S. Dale,Julie Flores,Tony Sarowitz) (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Isaac Asimov's Space of Her Own (By: Connie Willis,Ursula K. Le Guin,Pat Cadigan,Joan D. Vinge,Tanith Lee,Pamela Sargent,Lee Killough,Mary Gentle,Mildred Downey Broxon,Shawna McCarthy,Sharon Webb,Leigh Kennedy,Stephanie A. Smith,Cherie Wilkerson,Julie Stevens,Sydney J. Van Scyoc,Cyn Mason,P.A. Kagan,P.J. MacQuarrie,Janet O. Jeppson,Beverly Grant,Hope Athearn) (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Isaac Asimov's Fantasy! (By: Shawna McCarthy) (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Isaac Asimov's Fantasy! (By: Connie Willis,George R.R. Martin,Ron Goulart,John Kessel,George Alec Effinger,Robert Thurston,Tanith Lee,Lucius Shepard,Scott Baker,Lillian Carl,Juleen Brantingham,Lee Killough,Ian McDowell,Daphne Castell,Sharon N. Farber,Richard Kearns,Shawna McCarthy,Leigh Kennedy,Gregg Keizer,Kristi Olesen) (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Isaac Asimov's Aliens (By: Isaac Asimov,Gardner Dozois) (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Isaac Asimov's Robots (By: Isaac Asimov,Rob Chilson) (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Isaac Asimov's SF-Lite (By: Isaac Asimov,John M. Ford) (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Isaac Asimov's War (By: Isaac Asimov,Gardner Dozois) (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Isaac Asimov's Cyberdreams (By: Isaac Asimov,Gardner Dozois) (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Isaac Asimov's Skin Deep (By: Isaac Asimov,Gardner Dozois) (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Isaac Asimov's Ghosts (By: Isaac Asimov,Terry Bisson) (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Isaac Asimov's Christmas (By: Isaac Asimov,Gardner Dozois) (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Isaac Asimov's Camelot (By: Isaac Asimov,Gardner Dozois,Eleanor Arnason) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Isaac Asimov's Detectives (By: Isaac Asimov,Gardner Dozois) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Isaac Asimov's Werewolves (By: Isaac Asimov,Suzy McKee Charnas,Gardner Dozois) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Isaac Asimov's Solar System (By: Gardner Dozois) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Isaac Asimov's Utopias (By: Isaac Asimov,Gardner Dozois) (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Isaac Asimov's Father Day (By: Isaac Asimov,Gardner Dozois) (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Isaac Asimov's Halloween (By: Isaac Asimov) (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Anthologies

Penguin Science Fiction(1961)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Best Fantasy Stories(1962)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
More Penguin Science Fiction(1963)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Eighth Galaxy Reader(1965)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Tales of Unease(1966)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Nebula Award Stories #2(1966)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Introducing Science Fiction(1967)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Farewell, Fantastic Venus / All About Venus(1968)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Backdrop of Stars(1968)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Inner Landscape(1969)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Dangerous Visions 1(1969)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Year's Best Science Fiction No. 3(1970)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Nova 1(1970)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
On Our Way to the Future(1970)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
SF Authors' Choice 2(1970)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Science Against Man(1970)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Astounding Analog Reader(1972)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
This Side of Infinity(1972)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Alpha 3(1972)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The 6th Annual Best SF 72(1973)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Astounding-Analog Reader, Book Two(1973)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Orbit 12(1973)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Factions(1974)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Space Odysseys(1974)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Final Stage: The Ultimate Science Fiction Anthology(1974)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Decade: The 1940's(1975)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Tomorrow: New Worlds of Science Fiction(1975)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
New Worlds Nine(1975)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
New Writings in SF 27(1975)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Evil Earths(1975)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Gollancz-Sunday Times Best SF Stories(1975)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Hell's Cartographers(1975)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
New Worlds 6(1975)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Antigrav(1975)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Andromeda 1(1976)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Decade: The 1950s(1976)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Galactic Empires 2(1976)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Beyond Tomorrow(1976)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Decade: The 1960s(1977)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Algol The Magazine About Science Fiction - Winter 1977 / 1978(1977)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Perilous Planets(1978)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Arbor House Treasury of Modern Science Fiction(1980)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Winter's Tales 26(1981)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Book of Mini-Sagas(1985)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Tales From the Forbidden Planet(1987)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Orbit Science Fiction Yearbook 1(1988)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Gaslight & Ghosts(1988)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Best Horror Stories from the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction(1988)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Book of Mini-Sagas 2(1988)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Drabble Project(1988)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Tropical Chills: Fourteen Tales of Scorching Horror to Make Your Blood Run Cold(1988)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Dark Fantasies(1989)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Ultimate Frankenstein(1991)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Now We Are Sick(1991)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Dante's Disciples(1991)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Amis Story Anthology(1992)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Eleventh Annual Collection(1993)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Invaders!(1993)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
New Worlds 1(1996)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
New Worlds No. 221(1996)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Asimov's Science Fiction, May 1997(1997)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Mini Sagas 1999(1999)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Year's Best SF 5(2000)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Nebula Awards 35 (2001)(2001)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
DAW 30th Anniversary Science Fiction(2002)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Mammoth Book Of Science Fiction(2002)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Mini-Sagas(2002)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
DAW 30th Anniversary Science Fiction and Fantasy Anthologies(2002)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Elemental: The Tsunami Relief Anthology(2006)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Wesleyan Anthology of Science Fiction(2010)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Brilliant Book of Doctor Who 2011(2010)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Catastrophia(2010)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
xo Orpheus(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Four For Fantasy(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Flotsam Fantastique: The Souvenir Book of World Fantasy Convention 2013(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Notes: Bow Down to Nul was also titled The Interpreter. Hothouse is also known as The Long Afternoon of Earth. Cryptozoic! was also published as An Age. White Mars, co-authored by Roger Penrose, was also published as The Mind Set Free: A 21st-Century Utopia. Tales from the Planet Earth is a collaborative novel, written with several other authors.

Galaxies Like Grains of Sand is also known as The Canopy of Time. Comic Inferno is also known as The Book of Brian Aldiss. The Inner Landscape also has stories by J.G. Ballard and Mervyn Peake. The Secret of This Book is also known as Common Clay. Four for Fantasy also has stories by Joanne Harris, Joe Hill and Richard Christian Matheson.

All Best SF anthologies, both Astounding-Analog Reader anthologies, Nebula Award Stories 2, Farewell, Fantastic Venus! (aka All About Venus), Decade the 1940’s, Decade the 1950’s and Decade the 1960’s were co-edited with Harry Harrison. Each Best SF anthology was alternately titled The Year’s Best Science Fiction [#] (ie. The Year’s Best Science Fiction 1 for Best SF: 1967).

Trillion Year Spree was co-authored by David Wingrove. When The Feast is Finished was written alongside Margaret Aldiss.

If You Like Brian Aldiss Books, You’ll Love…

Brian Aldiss Synopses: The Brightfount Diaries is a standalone novel by Brian Aldiss. In a small provincial city, Peter lives with his long-suffering Aunt Anne and his eccentric Uncle Leo, and works in a bookshop called Brightfount’s, which he describes as a “shabby outpost of literacy.” Cutting the apron strings, he moves into a bed-sit and composes these witty diaries, in which he includes amusing remarks about publishers, authors, booksellers and customers, a revelation about his dotty uncle, and his efforts to find “a suitable girl.”

Hothouse by Brian Aldiss is a standalone title. The Sun is about to go Nova. Earth and Moon have ceased their axial rotation and present one face continuously to the sun. The bright side of Earth is covered with carnivorous forest. This is the Age of vegetables. Gren and his lady – not to mention the tummybelly men – journey to the even more terrifying Dark side.

In Dracula Unbound by Brian W. Aldiss, two men transcend the dimension of time and save a dying world in a battle against the most elusive and deadly creatures ever to stalk the earth.

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