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Helliconia is a planet that, due to the massively eccentric orbit of its own sun around another star, experiences seasons that lasts eons. Whole civilisations grow in the Spring, flourish in the Summer and then die in the brutal winters. The human-like inhabitants have been profoundly changed by their experience of this harsh cycle. In orbit above the planet a terran mission struggles to alidss and understand the effects on society of such a massive climatic impact.
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Helliconia Trilogy Helliconia by Brian W. In orbit above the planet a terran missio Helliconia is a planet that, due to the massively eccentric orbit of its own sun around another star, experiences seasons that lasts eons. Paperbackpages. Published July 22nd by Harper Voyager first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions about Helliconia Trilogyplease sign up. Ian Saunders None whatsoever, apart from being very good. It’s about the change in a planet and its aldisw things including “humans” during a 10, year …more None whatsoever, apart from being very good.
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It’s about the change in a planet and its living things including “humans” during a 10, year seasonal cycle – while being observed by an orbiting spacecraft from Earth. Accelerated biological and sociological evolution, the rise of civilization, and the endless war against the Phagors. See 1 question about Helliconia Trilogy…. Lists with This Book.
Aldisx 17, Jan-Maat added it Shelves: Hiking across the nrian I notice the seeds that have caught onto my clothing as I unwitting become an agent of the ecosystem, spreading biological diversity as I go, and brkan from time to time brings back to mind the Ucts, dense corridors of plant life which criss-cross the surface of Brian Aldiss’ fictional Helliconia built up over generations by migrating herders and their flocks.
The Helliconia trilogy is ambitious work of science-fiction. In its determination to address ideas about the Hiking across the countryside I notice the seeds that have caught onto my clothing as I unwitting become an agent of the ecosystem, spreading biological diversity as I go, and this from time to time brings back to mind the Ucts, dense corridors of plant life which criss-cross the surface of Brian Aldiss’ fictional Helliconia built up over generations by migrating herders and their flocks.
In its determination to address ideas about the development of societies and their interrelationship with the environment as well as issues of power, myth and culture it can be mentioned in the same breathe as Foundation or Dune but written in a more stylish manner.
All of these books abandon a traditional narrative because the protagonists are time and human consciousness. Plots, cabals, secret missions, visitors from alien worlds, wars, political crises become transient in the readers perception while myth or history reveal old friends from several hundred pages earlier.
What is clear to the reader remains mysterious to those stuck within the pages, so the reader becomes an accomplice in the author’s adventure in consciousness, not everybody’s cup of wldiss but then what is.
The planet Helliconia is discovered in the distant future. This planet is locked in a binary orbit, around two suns which gives it a ‘normal’ year and a ‘long’ year which determines the seasons each many hundreds of years long – this has various curious effects on the ecology and way of the life. Two dominant species have evolved on the plant – a bipedal bovine with basic metal working technologies and an intelligent bipedal ape.
As the planet emerges from a centuries long winter the crew of an exploration ship from Earth establish an observational platform that sends a continuous broadcast film of the creatures struggling to survive on the planet’s harsh surface. This broadcast is consumed, hundreds of years later, on Earth partly as educational programming, partly as reality TV. While watching the broadcasts environmental developments bring about massive social changes among the human population on earth changing how they view what they see taking place on the surface of a very distant planet.
All of this would be incidental to what happens on Helliconia but for the parallels between the two – how the cultures develop within and in relation to an environment. So over the course of the trilogy continuing with Helliconia Summer and concluding with Helliconia Winter we see the evolution of life on the observational station, the effect on Earth of what they observe and the effect on Helliconia of being observed.
The story however follows groups of Helliconians and shows the implications that the extreme environmental changes causes by the double orbit has upon the ecology of the planet. Naturally a key focus is the social and cultural implications for the two intelligent species.
By follows groups I mean it is rather more like Azimov’s first three Foundation books. We might see the descendants of one group of characters in subsequent stories or come across fleeting mentions of them hundreds of years later.
All that sounds rather arid which the series is not, but you are forced to be very aware of how the individuals are formed and react to their environment in the broadest possible conceptions of that word.
Throughout the series the simple course of the narrative is chopped up and served to us out of order. However in Helliconia Summer this is taken to an extreme and makes the book what it is. We know the futility of the decisions made rather as in Nostromowe know that certain courses of action will end in failure. This pushes us to think about the context of events, the systems and structures. As with all the Helliconia stories that context, those systems and structures start with the planetary orbit.
Temperatures at the equator will be intense. Changes in ecology and climate have severe political ramifications. Woven helicpnia this is the story of the King’s divorce, science and heresy, a visitor from the orbiting Earth Observation Vessel who has won the right to die on the surface in a lottery. The most traditional in its structure is the last book in the series Helliconia Winterthe tenure of the work featuring one hero helcionia the way through is almost a quest novel in the vein of the old romances in which the hero’s quest is to discover their own identity.
The final volume of the Helliconia series is the simplest told and defiance is it’s key tone. Defiance against the coming winter, against the conformity of a society structured to withstand massive climatic change and the obligations of family. View all 6 comments. This is one of the most complex SF novels read so far.
And although it’s supposed to be the story of the native civilizations throughout the great year of Helliconia, the main character is the planet itself. Ecology, religion, mysticism, politics are also present This is one of the most complex SF novels read so far. Ecology, religion, mysticism, politics are also present in the life of its inhabitants — but their continuous struggles and dramas are only emphasizing the implacable course of nature.
One surprising part is the role played by the orbiting space station from Earth which records every little detail and broadcasts all these observations as a soap opera back to a bored Earth which eventually Even the vocabulary used contains a lot of Old English words, which gives the story a unique and authentic look. View all 9 comments. A reread this one. Gollancz have just republished this huge tome pages as part of their SF Masterworks branding, of which this is number At the time of origin A reread this one.
At the time of original writing they were a surprise, if I remember right. Here was a writer known for his SF writing Hothouse, Greybeard, Report on Probability A, etc writing what seemed at first to be a fantasy. And if I remember right, a glacially slow series.
Which made them a little disappointing. However, there is an SF element to the books. The twist in the tale here is that the seasons are very long: As the tale unfolds the perspective is drawn further back to the point where we realise that all that is being told is actually part of a planetary research report from the Earth ship Avernus. Much of the books are spent in the debate over whether Humans should interfere with the rise and fall of civilisations on the planet, which is an interesting counterpoint to what goes on in the research ship and on Earth.
In Helliconia Spring, Yuli is a humanoid hunter-gatherer, one of the Freyr, who, as the world reawakens, we find experiences the development of an urban civilisation. Helliconia Spring tells of Yuli and his descendants as Helliconia Winter turns to Spring and the Freyr develop from hunters to urban dwellers. By the second book we have the dominance of the human-like species in a fantasy setting. As the story deepens, however, in Summer and Winter we find that they have a richer background and culture and seem to have been on Helliconia long before the emergence of the human-like dominant species.
The fantasy feel is quite strong as we discover about their lifestyles. The book is a case study in worldbuilding: Part of the joy of this book is to see how the world changes through the seasons and how the landscape and landforms adapt accordingly. In such a framework the writer writes as an observer rather than as part of the narrative.
Consequently, the book seems written in a rather detached style. Though this can give a feeling of weight and gravity to the long tale, it can also create a coolness that distances the reader from the world and creatures within. They are being studied rather than interacted with. In the 25 years or so since originally reading this, I now see where Aldiss is going.
It is his view on civilisations, their ability to grow and decline and the causes and effects of such development.
It also raises the question of whether in the grand scheme of things Mankind in the future may be worth preserving. Though it is still slow to develop, it is surprisingly engaging. Do not expect it to be a fast-paced romp. Instead, it is a book where you expect to be immersed and be slowly awakened to the opportunities within. However this was a much more satisfying read second time around. And good to see the background details given as Appendices here too. Consequently, very much recommended.
Mark Yon, August Helliconia is a massive tripartite work about which extensive, rigorous scholarly essays have been written. This is not going to be such an essay.