A controversial novel from Science-Fiction’s Grand Master. Report on Probability A explores surveillance, boredom, and fear.
This remains one of Aldiss’s most controversial novels, and one of his own favourites. Three observers, from cramped and disadvantaged positions watch, via naked eye, telescope and periscope, the activities around a house from which they were expelled. A Mr and Mrs Mary live in the house. The atmosphere is threatening, but the boredoms of everyday life bring nothing to resolution.
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‘A mindwrenching conception that forces one to question every common notion of human awareness, space-time, and perceptual reality.’ TRIBUNE
‘Devilishly clever… an exuberant imagination meets a passionate intelligence.’ GUARDIAN'
For decades, Brian Aldiss has been among our most prolific and consistently stylish writers.' THE TELEGRAPHAbout 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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