Who Can Replace a Man?

Who Can Replace a Man?

by Brian W. Aldiss

(1958)Man on Bridge (1964)The Impossible Star (1963)Basis for Negotiation (1962)Old Hundredth (1960)A Kind of Artistry (1962)Man in His Time (1965)

  • Language: English
  • Category: Science Fiction
  • Rating: 3.66
  • Pages: 0
  • Publish Date: July 20th 1976 by Roc
  • Isbn10: 0451070836
  • Isbn13: 9780451070838

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At that time I experienced a relatively brief affair with science fiction, focusing mostly on short stories of the 1950s through the 1970s, and some more contemporary 1980s novels. The collection is a good range of science fiction story sub-genres of and 50s and 60s: distant future, near future, hard science, political fiction, cold war paranoia, elements of fantasy, new wave and dark humour. The one constant is that each story contains some element of the dark, with an emphasis of pessimistic depictions of the far future, ill treatment of human values and individuality, and the ill consequences of a mechanized future. An argument can be made that these are the best of Aldiss's pre-1965 stories, as the original title suggest, with my favourites being "Outside" and "Who Can Replace a Man?", along with "Old Hundredth", "Not for an Age" and "Man in His Time." The collection, however, also includes two pieces that can be excised to improve the whole: "Psyclops" and, mainly, the semi-adventure paranoia piece "Basis for Negotiation." Who Can Replace a Man? Psyclops 5/10 New Worlds Science Fiction #49, July 1956. Outside 8/10 New Worlds Science Fiction #31, January 1955. An excellent science fiction suspense story, a product of cold war fears and paranoia. Another dark Aldiss story, made darker by its finish, and one among many featuring the potential horrors of war, as weapons technology becomes both more advanced and more creative. The New Father Christmas 7/10 The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, January 1958. (As "The Failed Men") In the distant future a group of humans known as the Failed Men have buried themselves underground. 7/10 The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, April 1958. In the distant future a man travels to the Jurassic age to hunt brontosaurus. Though set seemingly in the far future, the story maintains an impression of the past, as it is heavily referenced with recognizable symbols of the past, such as military camps, the term "prole," and the rural farmhouse inhabited by our protagonist's family. Basis for Negotiation 5/10 New Worlds Science Fiction #114, January 1962. It might only be remembered in the future for having been selected for inclusion in Aldiss's first Best of collection. (The anthology reprint was for a book edited by John Carnell, then editor of New Worlds where the story first appeared. No other editor seemed interested in keeping it in print.) Old Hundredth 8/10 New Worlds Science Fiction #100, November 1960. Once again Aldiss presents us with a distant future Earth, only on this Earth there are no humans. Quite detailed and complex for such a short story, Aldiss succeeds in creating an unusual, potent world. A Kind of Artistry 7/10 The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, October 1962.

The machine reasoning process he introduces doesn't really work too well but he is making a point rather than trying to create a credible world.

I first read this book almost fifty years ago. I remember doing a book report on it for Mrs. Baraniak's sophomore English class. Somewhere towards the middle of his career (according to this book) his stories became difficult reading.

Brian Wilson Aldiss was one of the most important voices in science fiction writing today.