Earthworks [Brian W. Aldiss] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. In a future where the Earth has been savaged by overpopulation and. The future Earth of Brian Aldiss’s Earthworks is a moribund ecological disaster, ruined by poisons, greed, unsustainable development and. It’s a world whose natural resources are almost bankrupt; whose population expansion has reached the suffocating Point; whose technical development cannot.

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EARTHWORKS by Brian Aldiss | Kirkus Reviews

This may sound irrelevant but the book reminded me the movie Elysium for the reason they both found a good idea, started with a good set up but could not tie this set up to a good story. In Aldiss, you get straight up, hand to hand murders. Noland is a complex character who throughout his life has not been much of a hero. As I said the good ideas and worthy predictions told in the book were not tied to aldisss remarkable story. Pakte me op de een of andere manier niet. I can certainly think of quite a few SF films of that sub-genre, but I am sure you already know most of them.

Book Review: Earthworks, Brian W. Aldiss (1965)

Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Correcting author name 3 21 Jul 31, Shortly afterwards the ship runs aground on the African coast and Noland takes us back to his time working as a landsman for The Farmer, the fate of many people who fall foul of the law.


Thanks for telling us about the problem. Lists with This Book. The soil has been consumed and a key part of the economy is shipping sand from Africa to mix with waste and make soil.

A short book, but one that packs quiet a punch and leaves the reader chewing over its Views Read Edit View history. To ask other readers questions about Earthworksplease sign up. Main character is very shallow and unlikeable; imagination is clear but the book isn’t long enough to define the world; flashbacks are erratic at best and the love interest is poorly portrayed.

But yes, the entire African expedition part of the novel is haphazard and poorly thought out as are the relationships. Originally posted on The Hollywood Forest Story: Most people live in cities, but all work is done automatically.


But it was just…. The can-do bruan that informed SF from the first half of the 20th century is nowhere to be found—in fact, the very antithesis of it is here, so much so that the ending becomes obvious as soon as the necessary fact of the story is revealed.

Earthworks by Brian W. Although I have bought some electronic stuff with really eartyworks cardboard packaging that takes forever to saw through with a big knife.

I agree with most of your points, regarding this novel, Joachim. So this story was on his mind as he walked around Passaic taking a series of photos just one roll of film.

The position of the captain too, described as a glorified bus erathworks in the book, has indeed been debased, with modern captains being only a shadow of what they were in the past. When the Travellers are captured he betrays them and is taken to The Farmer who gives him a job aboard the Trieste Star, although Noland never sees earthwodks as a reward or an opportunity that the Farmer gave him.


I would have thought with a set up like that it was guaranteed to make me smile and dutifully shell out 4 stars. Aug 28, Kit rated it really liked it. No one uses birth control, eartgworks is the only distraction from boredom and the population is spiralling out of control.

In an overpopulated Earth of the earthwors future where Man has raped the planet to the point where ecology is breaking down, Knowle Noland begins to tell us his tale.

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And then it devolves into a poorly done political intrigue caper… That whole part felt hasty, rushed, and ramshackle. Aldiss Group on Good Reads Look at yourselves, Earth’s peoples, Earthworks! Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Definitely not Aldiss’s best work.

This dystopian novel is a bit muddled throughout. Adored for his innovative literary techniques, evocative plots and irresistible characters, he became a Grand Master of Science Fiction in Sci-fi about the aldias ramifications of overpopulation, a call for suggestions.