Press Release: Folio Science Fiction Anthology
Edited and introduced by Brian W. Aldiss
Illustrated by Florian Schommerr
‘Brian Aldiss is one of the most influential, and one of the best, science-fiction writers Britain has ever produced’
iain m. banks
Science fiction has always been a fertile home for the short story. For this exclusive new collection from The Folio Society, Brian W. Aldiss, a central figure in the genre for over 60 years and a hugely respected editor of numerous anthologies, has selected and introduced each story. The result is a shining constellation of science-fiction stars, each story exemplifying the very best of the genre.
An intruder in the solar system has disastrous consequences for Earth in H. G. Wells’s ‘The Star’, while fans of Isaac Asimov’s Foundation series will get the chance to revisit his universe in ‘Bridle and Saddle’. ‘Recall Mechanism’ is a typically mind-bending story from Philip K. Dick, author of The Man in the High Castle and Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, and ‘Poor Little Warrior’ is a somewhat sardonic tale of time-travel from Aldiss himself. Also included are stories from Harry Harrison, James Tiptree Jr, Tom Godwin, James H. Schmitz, Voltaire and Anna Kavan, the writer who Aldiss once described as ‘Kafka’s sister’. Writing under a pen name, Aldiss has also provided an extra story exclusively for this anthology, making it an irresistible collection for any science-fiction fan.
Award-winning German artist Florian Schommer has created seven atmospheric colour illustrations which cleverly shadow the chronology of the book; Voltaire’s ‘Micromégas’, the earliest story featured, is accompanied by a beautiful illustration composed of greys and blacks, and as the stories move towards the modern age a palette of deep oranges and reds is gradually introduced. The spectacular binding features a threecolour foil design, evoking the glittering golden age of science fiction.
Bound in buckram blocked with a design by Florian Schommer. Set in Scala with Bebas Neue display. 272 pages. 7 colour illustrations. Metallic slipcase. 9½˝ x 6¼˝.
UK £29.95 US $49.95 Can $59.95 Aus $62.95
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