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Author: Brian W. Aldiss
ISBN13: 978-0451085757
Title: The Long Afternoon of Earth
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Language: English
Category: Science Fiction
Publisher: Signet Book (New American Library) (January 2, 1962)

The Long Afternoon of Earth by Brian W. Aldiss

Although written 20 years earlier, "The Long Afternoon of Earth" bears a strong resemblance to Aldiss' later "Helliconia" series. The main point of these books is to explore a world in which astronomical influences have drastically altered the climate. Afternoon" is set billions of years in the Earth's future, when tidal forces have slowed Earth's rotation to the point where one side of the planet always faces the aging Sun, while the other side is in perpetual darkness

Hothouse, aka The Long Afternoon of Earth. Author: Brian Aldiss. In this science fiction classic (1962) based on Hothouse, Hugo Best Short Story Winner of 1962, we are transported millions of years from now, to the boughs of a colossal banyan tree that covers one face of the globe. The last remnants of humanity are fighting for survival, terrorised by the carnivorous plants and the grotesque insect life.

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by Aldiss, Brian Wilson, 1925-. Publication date 1961. Topics Carnivorous plants, Survival skills. Publisher New York : Nelson Doubleday. Collection inlibrary; printdisabled; ; china. Digitizing sponsor Internet Archive. Contributor Internet Archive. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Internet Archive Books. Uploaded by MyH-loader on October 15, 2010.

His byline reads either Brian W. Aldiss or simply Brian Aldiss, except for occasional pseudonyms during the mid-1960s. Greatly influenced by science fiction pioneer H. G. Wells, Aldiss was a vice-president of the international H. Wells Society. He was (with Harry Harrison) co-president of the Birmingham Science Fiction Group. Aldiss was named a Grand Master by the Science Fiction Writers of America in 2000 and inducted by the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2004. Hothouse (1962, Faber), (1965, Four Square 1147), (1979, Panther), published in abridged form in the American market as The Long Afternoon of Earth (1962, Signet D2018). A fix-up novel based on short stories "Hothouse", "Nomansland", "Undergrowth", "Timberline" and "Evergreen"

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Earth has stopped turning - half in light, half in darkness. Humans struggle to survive, as vegetation spreads, devouring all animal life in its path! 192 pages.
Reviews: 7
Although written 20 years earlier, "The Long Afternoon of Earth" bears a strong resemblance to Aldiss' later "Helliconia" series. The main point of these books is to explore a world in which astronomical influences have drastically altered the climate. "Afternoon" is set billions of years in the Earth's future, when tidal forces have slowed Earth's rotation to the point where one side of the planet always faces the aging Sun, while the other side is in perpetual darkness. The book takes us on a tour of this world, to see how the creatures of Earth have adapted to this profound change.

In "Helliconia" and "Afternoon", characters are secondary. The book is not about them; they merely serve as tour guides, leading the reader on a trip through the various regions of the planet. In fact, Aldiss' protagonists tend to be unlikable. This keeps the readers and characters at arm's length, so the focus remains where it belongs, on the world itself. Gren, the main character in "Afternoon," is clever, but ignorant, selfish and brutish. You don't root for him, and you learn not to expect much of him. You simply follow him as he travels, encountering with him the strange and dangerous beauty of the latter day Earth.

Similarly, the plot is threadbare, almost an afterthought. The book is not about the story, either, and at times that can be frustrating. For example, early in the book, several humans, as part of a rite of passage in old age, hitch a ride on a "traverser" (a mile-long spider-like vegetable) from Earth through space to the Moon. There, they are tapped by others to lead an invasion of the home world. Clearly, you think, this is "The Story." However, the scenario is no sooner set up than it is abandoned. The invaders are not heard from again until 5 pages from the end of the book, when they show up briefly, accomplish nothing, then leave.

And that's okay. Even without a decent story or characters, this is still a fascinating book. I am awed by the sheer power of Aldiss' creativity in fleshing out this strange world. Many of the creatures, defense mechanisms, and lifecycles that Aldiss envisions are truly ingenious. On the day side, increased sunlight has propelled plant life to the dominant position in nature. Plants now fill most niches formerly filled by animals; they can move, eat, see, climb, think, even fly. The teeming jungles of the day side are savage, and the battle for existence fierce. Humans are the only true animals to have survived, albeit in a devolved, primitive state. It may sound far-fetched, but Aldiss does an admirable job of making the world not only plausible, but real.

As long as you approach "Long Afternoon of Earth" as a travelogue, and don't expect to find enduring characters or an intricate plot, it is an amazing trip through a bizarre world that happens to be our own. It is a well-crafted speculation on what Earth might be like in the distant future, and how life might adapt to such extreme circumstances. Even with its defects, I couldn't put it down. It is a trip well worth taking.
"The Long Afternoon of Earth" is about life on Earth an unimaginably long time from now. Man's civilization is long gone, and humans are a minor species struggling for survival in an ecology dominated by highly evolved plants. Some of the science in this novel has been superceded or is simply wrong, but that does not change the fact that this is an imaginative and enjoyable story about the ultimate fate of mankind and the Earth itself. In this novel life is within a foreseeable distance of its end as the sun is becoming unstable. The world is incredibly dangerous for humans who can do little more than survive, if that.

I first read this novel as a small boy, and it stoked my interest in science fiction--an interest that I maintain to this day. A book that can do that has a lot going for it.

Recommended. RJB.
Very old book that im reading again almost 50 years after i first found it. A fanciful trip to a world not likely, but still very interesting to experience.
Strange as it may sound, Aldiss is a master of describing new people in new worlds. Take for example his novel Starswarm where Aldiss writes wonderful space opera of sociology and culture from future-humans. Well, here in Long Afternoon, Aldiss writes of Earth which has lost it's spin and vegetation grows unhindered on the sunny-side of Earth. The vegetables (as Aldiss calls them) inhabit every imaginable niche in this world to the point where the vegetables slink, crawl, jump and even fly. This comes after Earth has been scoured by hard radiation from the sun for millions of years, so who is to say it's absurd? Humans, too, have evolved (or rather devolved) to look like 1-foot tall green midgets who live in the branches of a giant banyan tree.

The sheer premise of the book is impressive and must have been a daunting challenge, even to a SF master like Aldiss. The plot unfolds when the elders give themselves up to the transversers to be sent into the heaven above, where they find what they least expected. This seems like a short story after it jumps back to the botany below and follows the young through the trees, to the exotic beach with it's termight (sic) civilization and out into the ocean where their adventure abounds. The 'tree-hugging' humans aren't the only type of humans still left... and so the story continues until it unexpectedly joins with the first story in the last 90% of the book.

It's a bit disjointed between the two stories and the dialogue it flat, which are the only two low points in the book. Otherwise, superbly imagined and written!
Don't fall in love with any of the characters because he or she might be dead very soon. At least, that's the way things go in the first two parts of this novel which follow a group of youngsters surviving (or not) in the jungle that has taken over much of the Earth's surface in the distant future, when the plant kingdom includes very mobile predators. That last part of the novel focuses on a boy's relatively lonely adventure.

The brutality of nature is given full play in the hands of British author Brian Aldiss in a way that American authors, at the time, avoided. It stunned me when I first read it many many years ago.

Aldiss is not a scientist and the premises of this novel should not be examined and judged by scientific standards. It's an adventure story and a mood piece. And like many scifi novels of the time, it was built up of short stories published in magazines.

The British title was HOTHOUSE and the Brits speak derisively of the longer American title, THE LONG AFTERNOON OF EARTH (Amazon's title is in error) which I unabashedly prefer as more evocative and alluring. The American version with its longer title ironically had less text since some of the original British version was excised. I have read both versions and don't feel the full version is superior in effect to the abridged (while others swear it is).