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Helliconia Winter by Brian W. The orbits within orbits, themes revolving around themes, and characters caught in the cycle of life, come helliconiaa an end. But only on the page. The series has covered millennia.

Helliconia Winter (Helliconia, #3) by Brian W. Aldiss

This time around, however, Aldiss wields a heavier thematic hammer. It instead jumps roughly Helliconian years into the future. Steam engines are beginning to replace livestock, a railway network is starting to take shape, and cannons and guns are manufactured with precision and consistency. Complicating his plight, plague and its ensuing fear storm the land, forcing Luterin to sacrifice everything to survive. The Gaian theme, however, is the strongest. Phagors provide balance planetside, ennui drastically changes life aboard the orbital, while on Earth, the usual mixture of hubris and acumen continue to spin events out of control, the planets revolving ceaselessly all the while.

Mankind is its own best and worst friend.

Another fault is the abrupt change in perspective on gender. With them, however, the scope shifts to sci-fi in the short run, and social, geographical, and evolutionary commentary in the long.

These meta-settings are a juxtaposition, a moral contrast, to the primitive worldview of life on Helliconia and are what make the series worthwhile. Again, these readers fail to see how events winte the main character draw him unwillingly into the fray, highlighting the Gaian theme as a result.


Thus, readers who wintter the book as mere entertainment will be missing out on a great deal of human insight. It is the best of the series and deserving of the British Science Fiction Association award it won. Grand in scope and perfectly suited in setting, Aldiss is able to contextualize the planet, the forms of life existing there, and humanity propagating on it in sublime fashion.

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After many centuries, the helliconia of human civilization has begun to dwindle again and the Great Year slowly progresses wniter the long, deadly cold winter looms—but a break in the long, repeating cycles of growth and decay may result from the long-ago visit of the Wonter.

Helljconia legends of the spring and summer have evolved and a new future may be aborning. More than thirty years after the original publication of Helliconia Spring, the first volume of the Helliconia Trilogy, the series is newly available, now with a map, an afterword, and an introduction by the author.

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