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Helliconia Trilogy [Hardcover]

Brian Wilson Aldiss

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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Atheneum (May 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689115660
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689115660
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.2 x 9.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 Kg

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Amazon.com: 4.8 out of 5 stars  6 reviews
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a world I can almost live in May 18 2000
By Dave Luke - Published on Amazon.com
Helliconia is a place I can almost SEE through the pages in my book. You begin to genuinely feel for the characters, as the storyline unfolds, we watch the main characters from above, often they lived hundreds of years apart: the Spring with makind living underground worshipping a mountain god & praying for the return of Freyr (the second sun) Summer & the emergence of Mankind's nations across the globe; the slow sink of mankind into barbarism in Winter as helliconia slides into another 500 year long freeze. The most complete & absorbing series of books I have ever read. It MUST return to print...please. A true classic to rival Tolkien and surpasses the Mars books by Kim Stanley Robinson
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get this book back in print! Feb. 7 2000
By Ronald Bingham - Published on Amazon.com
This series is a masterpiece. Buy it (if you can) and set aside enough time to read it. It's worth every minute. The 'plague' referred to in a previous review is the biological mechanism that allows the human inhabitants of the planet to survive the massive temperature extremes that occur over the 'year' (1000 earth years). The temperature ranges from sub-sub arctic to ultra-tropical and the physical changes as the people go from short fat and conservative Winter people to tall thin active Summer people are described with marvellous detail.
The story of the humans and their interaction with the natives of the planet is interwoven with the technical information with a masterful flair.
This series is similar in breadth and vision to the Eden series by Harry Harrison, so if you enjoy one, you will love the other.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top echelon of SF writing; Tour-de-force world-building Nov. 7 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
One word keeps popping up in these reviews: CRIMINAL. That is, the fact that this is currently unavailable. This is a must-read for SF fans and a must-study for would be writers of SF but be forewarned: if you are of the second persuasion this will scare the words out of you, unless you are as gifted as this man (or very cocky). Read them all, read them in order for the delicious discovery, the slow-revealing of mysteries. Images from these stories will haunt you ever after.
5.0 out of 5 stars So real......you can taste it! July 18 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
The Helliconia Trilogy is "must" reading for any Fantasy/Sci-fi buff. The planet Hellicon has a bizarre orbit that causes wild shifts in climate.....this, along with a devastating plague that wipes out most of the population twice every centuries-long Helliconian year....results in the loss of historic data and technology. The survivors must repeatedly " start from scratch ".

All this drama is relayed to Earth from an orbiting spacestation and viewed in special theaters........Heros, cowards, romance.......so real you can taste it
5.0 out of 5 stars helliconia trilogy : mind-blowing!! Dec 26 2002
By Paulina M. Lipets - Published on Amazon.com
Superb! Captivating, subtle, forceful, multi-dimensional.
UNBELIEVABLE!! Why is this trilogy so hard to get in one volume in the US? (you can get the one volume in Europe), but, really, they should all be read together. Beyond anything ordinary. Listing separate elements (Wutra worm, phagors, etc.) does not even begin to describe the impact of these books. Highly recommend to anyone who has any imagination/curiosity whatsoever

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