R.I.P. Brian Aldiss

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    One of the SF greats, dead at the age of 92. [LINK]

    Award-winning author Brian Aldiss has died aged 92, his family confirmed today.

    Aldis was one of Britain’s most respected science-fiction writers, author and editor of more than 100 books, including novels, non-fiction and poetry. His 1969 short story Supertoys Last All Summer Long inspired Steven Spielberg’s 2001 film AI: Artificial Intelligence.

    Announcing the author’s death via his Twitter account, his family wrote: “It is with great sadness we announce the death of our beloved father & grandfather. Brian died peacefully at home on his 92nd birthday [August 18]”.

    In his writing career, Aldiss knew CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien, and became a regular drinking companion of Kinsley Amis. In 2000 he was named a grand master by the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, and in 2005 he was awarded an OBE for services to literature.

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