Winner of two Hugo Awards, one Nebula Award, and named a Grand Master by the Science Fiction Writers of America, Brian W. Aldiss has, for over fifty years, continued to challenge readers' minds with literate, thought-provoking, and inventive science fiction. Now, E-Reads ...
Winner of two Hugo Awards, one Nebula Award, and named a Grand Master by the Science Fiction Writers of America, Brian W. Aldiss has, for over fifty years, continued to challenge readers' minds with literate, thought-provoking, and inventive science fiction. Now, E-Reads is proud to make available in eBook format the classic works of Aldiss.
Now with a New Introduction by the Author!
Book Three of the Squire Quartet.
Ray and Ruby Tebbutt are a Norfolk couple struggling to pay off a loan they could not afford. Peter Petrik, a small-time Czech film director, is involved with an Irish arms smuggler. Dominic Mayor, a British millionaire with a cold past, made his fortune by manipulating the stock market.
All four people's lives are taken by a terrorist bombing in a small British seaside hotel. In REMEMBRANCE DAY, an American academic examines the details of the victims' lives and histories to find the relationship between them and their fate.
In another significant mainstream outing (Forgotten Life, 1989; Life in the West, 1990), British science-fiction/fantasy grandmaster Aldiss discovers fresh and arresting nuances in the dichotomy between blind chance and predestination in human affairs. In 1990, professor Hengist Morton Embry, founder and president of the American Stochastic Sociology Association, prepares to test his theory of "submerged social causation." In 1986, an IRA bomb in a Great Yarmouth, England, hotel killed four people. Were these random deaths, wonders Embry, or were they selected by sociological forces of which we are at best only dimly aware? In further flashbacks, Aldiss explores the lives of an impressive array of potential victims: Ray and Ruby Tebbutt, a quintessentially English couple now down on their luck, together with their friends and acquaintances; Ruby's mother; daughter Jennifer and her boyfriend, mysterious Czech businessman Jaroslav Vacek; Tom Driscoll, the bomber; East European war orphan and computer whiz-turned-hotelier Dominic Mayor and his family. Which of these will be present at the hotel on the day in question? And of those, who will die? Is the question "why?" answerable? It must be said that Aldiss will never master American dialogue ("Absolutely first-rate"). He does provide superbly delineated character and subtle, layered ironies—but ultimately it's up to the reader to decide whether or not Embry's theories hold water. The upshot is original, disturbing, and memorable.
Brian W. Aldiss was born in Norfolk, England in 1925. Over a long and distinguished writing career, he has published award-winning science fiction (two Hugo Awards, a Nebula Award and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award), bestselling popular fiction including the three-volume Horatio Stubbs saga and the four-volume The Squire Quartet, experimental fiction such as The Report on Probability A and Barefoot in the Head and many other iconic and pioneering works including the Helliconia Trilogy. He has edited many successful anthologies and has published ground-breaking non-fiction including a magisterial history of science fiction (Billion Year Spree later revised and expanded as Trillion Year Spree. Among his many short stories, perhaps the most famous is “Super-Toys Last All Summer Long” which was adapted for film by Stanley Kubrick and produced and directed after Kubrick’s death by Steven Spielberg as A.I. Artificial Intelligence.