Brian Aldiss (1925-2017)

21 August 2017

Brian Aldiss, universally acclaimed as a major sf writer, anthologist, critic, and general mover and shaper in science fiction worldwide, died in his sleep in the early hours of 19 August 2017 after celebrating his 92nd birthday on the previous day. Farewell to the Master.

His awards for specific works include two Hugos, a Nebula and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award. To quote from the career awards section of his very long SF Encyclopedia entry, whose bibliography alone is enormous:

Over his large career, he received a succession of honours: a Special Plaque Hugo Award in 1958 as "most promising newcomer"; a British Science Fiction Association special award in 1970; the SFWA Grand Master Award in 1999; the Prix Apollo in 1999; and he was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2004. For his critical contributions to the field, he received a Pilgrim Award in 1978, and the IAFA Award as Distinguished Guest Scholar in 1986. He was given an OBE (Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) in 2005.

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