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Finches of Mars [Hardcover]

Brian Aldiss
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6 Jun 2013

‘My final Science Fiction novel’ - Brian Aldiss

Brian Aldiss has announced that this book, Finches of Mars, will be his final science fiction novel. And what a way to end one of the most illustrious careers in the genre.

Set on the Red Planet, it follows a group of colonists and the problems they have in setting up a new society. Life can be sustained but new life will not prosper - the women on the planet only ever give birth to stillborn children.

Exploring many of the author’s classic themes, this is a landmark novel in any genre.


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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: The Friday Project (6 Jun 2013)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0007478925
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007478927
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 18.6 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 385,527 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘It’s a terrific yarn, but more than that; as Aldiss casually throws out ideas and speculations, it’s a reminder of why he’s one of the giants of the field.’ SFX Magazine

‘A must-read for science fiction fans with the potential to be a modern classic.’ We Love This Book

‘Brian Aldiss is one of those writers who can stand back and look out across the vast fictional landscape of sciences fiction, and consider himself both a creator and a destroyer of worlds; a mortal God if you will.’ Starburst Magazine

‘Once again he demonstrates the power of his imagination.’ Daily Mail

'This grandmaster of the genre, who has laid down many a milestone in his 60-year career, including classics such as Hothouse, Greybeard and the Helliconia trilogy, is retiring on a high note.'
Financial Times

About the Author

Brian Aldiss, OBE, is a fiction and science fiction writer, poet, playwright, critic, memoirist and artist. He was born in Norfolk in 1925. After leaving the army, Aldiss worked as a bookseller, which provided the setting for his first book, The Brightfount Diaries (1955). His first published science fiction work was the story ‘Criminal Record’, which appeared in Science Fantasy in 1954. Since then he has written nearly 100 books and over 300 short stories.


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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 21 Feb 2014
By may lee
Format:Hardcover
I had expected more from this author. Instead of an excitng read I was left with a somewhat tedious ramble. A much more exciting sci-fi book about Mars is The Mars Conspiracy: Cydonia
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3.0 out of 5 stars Rambles along 25 Jan 2014
By diggy
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A well written study of the human condition and relationships - with the colonisation of Mars as the backdrop. Not really my sort of science fiction.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected 13 Nov 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I found this story boring from the start . Perhaps dedicated sci fi fans might find it interesting . Failed to catch my imagination and I gave up after giving it a fair try .
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
My first Brian Aldiss novel, the beginning of a beautiful author-reader relationship, was in 2008 when I read his 1964 novel Starswarm. From my memory, I gather it was a great read because it's still on my shelves, along with five other Aldiss works which I further read in 2009, among them Non-stop (1958) and Long Afternoon of Earth (1962). These two works rank highly in parallel to Aldiss' Greybeard (1964) and Cryptozoic! (1967). I haven't been disappointed with any Aldiss yet, so I thought, "Let's see his newest work which is heralded as his `final science fiction novel'."

Now near the age of 88, it seems as if Aldiss has collected pet theories over the past eight decades, kept them locked in a drawer, then dumped them all out in random order to form Finches of Mars. It's not so much about the number of ideas as it is the quality and transience of the ideas... like hitchhiking hippies.

Inside flap synopsis:
"Mars is in crisis. Ten years have passed since the formation of the Earth colony of the red planet, but it has yet to produce a healthy child. Every baby has been deformed and stillborn. With Earth overpopulated and at war the Mars experiment is crucial to the survival of the human race. Something must be done to ensure its success."

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Beyond the year 2112, humans have finally settled Mars. Aquifers under the Tharsis Shield have enough water to support humanity's advancement on the red planet. Thus, robotic drills tapped the water source and constructors built six towers for man's self-enforced segregation: (1) Chinese, (2) West, (3) Russ-East, (4) Singa-Thai, (5) Scand, and (6) Sud-Am.
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