By Stephen E Andrews
This publication is prepared through writer and comprises a few thematic entries and distinctive different types, corresponding to technological know-how fiction movie diversifications, technological know-how fiction in rock tune, and Philip ok. Dick within the mass media. it is also a heritage of technological know-how fiction and a brand new definition of the style, plus lists of award-winners and e-book membership strategies. contains a foreword through Christopher Priest, the multiple-award-winning technology fiction writer (with a massive movie model of his booklet, The Prestige, launching on the time of publication).
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Gurgeh journeys to the Empire to play as a guest in the game and succeeds beyond everyone’s expectations. As he progresses further and further through the Empire’s elaborate tournament, the dangers to his well-being grow and he learns more and more about the brutal realities that underpin the Empire’s apparent civilization. Banks is well known as a mainstream novelist (his first book, The Wasp Factory, remains controversial more than twenty years after publication) but his science fiction is also integral to his work as a writer and is clearly important to Banks himself.
The story focuses on a boy named Gren who is taken away from his tribe and comes into contact with an intelligent fungus intent on using humans for its own purposes. Linked to the fungus in a symbiotic relationship, Gren and others are led on a journey that eventually takes them to the dark side of the planet. Like Non-Stop, Aldiss’s first SF novel, Hothouse follows a human quest to understand the nature of the world. The narrative is driven 1 02 100 MR SF 8/8/06 9:00 pm Page 2 100 MUST-READ SCIENCE FICTION NOVELS forward by Gren’s voyage further and further into the unknown but what the reader eventually remembers of Hothouse is not so much the quest itself as the inventiveness with which Aldiss creates his alternative world.
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