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In Hothouse, it’s nature, not culture which dominates the last days of Man.
Hothouse – Brian Aldiss
Like Liked by 2 people Reply. Aldiss tries to raise the ante in the final pages, and reaches towards a grand, cataclysmic conclusion—in which his main characters must choose between acceptance of the Earth’s impending destruction uothouse embark upon a once again implausible plan of rebirth and regeneration. The plot, practically non-existent.
Aldiss does a magnificent job showing how wild and unpredictable the world is, making his human characters all but overwhelmed by their environment. Not in the way of many golden-age SF books, with nubile alien slave girls and sexy sorceresses – I love those! But for me, the greatest achievement of Hothouse is in its depiction of a nature “green in tooth and claw” as Hotthouse puts it in the book.
I have great respect and admiration for Aldiss though,and glad you mentioned his contribution to sf criticism,which was and is invaluble. In the end, Hothouse is an exotic adventure that, if approached any other way, cannot be enjoyed. So know you will soon love to kill us when you go up from playing the sandwich game along with your lady in the leaves.
Nothing about the world described makes any logical sense. Abandoned by the adults, the children of the tribe must make their own fate in the Green.
Hothouse (novel) – Wikipedia
I like here SF better than her other novels. Until then, guidance welcomed below. Jan 14, Stuart rated it liked it Shelves: The author is so wildly hothoouse when he writes about different life forms.
I was surprised how much I liked this riot of imagination of post-humans clinging to survival in a world where plants have taken over. They live in a fast pace jungle and have little time to experience any deep thoughts, being mainly preoccupied with staying alive. Could the position of the Moon, still visible in the sky, really form “one angle of a vast equilateral triangle which held the Earth and Sun at its other angles”?
The way in which the fungus involves itself in humanity has echoes of Due to high doses of solar radiation, life on Earth has devolved and mutated. It was provided to me as an e-book through the Netgalley program. After recent reads of science books on the current human caused threats to biological diversity of the planet, it was fascinating for me to experience a scenario where excessive diversity among plants puts us almost out of the picture. The novel follows Gren, who is forced out of his tribe for, essentially, excessive cleverness and so begins a journey to seek a new home.
In the late s Brian W. It is all very exciting stuff. Vegetation and insect life hothousd taken on innumerable fantastic aldoss sentient forms in the greenhouse jungle, and humans, now smaller and greener, have been reduced to a middling role in the food chain. Whilst the morel and Gren take centre stage, other themes in the novel are of equal significance, such as hothkuse apocalyptic events in the final chapters, and the afterlife journey of Lilyyo and her companions earlier in the story.
Bottom line is that, even if I loved the worldbuilding and the message it carries, that Nature is the mighty ruler of this planet which will evolve alriss survive no matter what and humanity is just a tiny, insignificant speck in its kingdom, the characters annoyed me to no end; hence the three stars. These are not particularly profound observations, although they do place the book in the realm of “cerebral” SF.
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Design as Art Bruno Munari. Always alert against the plants, who are more animal almost extinct herethan vegetable.
Lily-yo, is the leader of a small hothojse of humans. As a thing, character or villain- I don’t know what to call it-it’s well-though and incorporated into a story.