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Writing was just something I did


The school Sister
Brian Aldiss Writer
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There was this about the school Sister was… well, I mean, she was in authority as a… as a Sister, but… so she was calm and collected, she knew what she wanted. The… the other girls I mentioned, oh – they were much younger, I was much younger. We didn't actually know what we were doing or rather what to do with what we'd got hold of, you know, it was just a kind of demonstration. The Sister was… the Sister of schools was another matter. So, what could I say about that? No, I couldn't say anything, but I certainly think it was such good fortune to know her and to love her. She was a really very nice woman.

Brian Aldiss (1925-2017) was an English writer and anthologies editor, best known for his science fiction novels and short stories. He was educated at Framlingham College, Suffolk, and West Buckland School, Devon, and served in the Royal Signals between 1943-1947. After leaving the army, Aldiss worked as a bookseller in Oxford, an experience which provided the setting for his first book, 'The Brightfount Diaries' (1955). His first science fiction novel, 'Non-Stop', was published in 1958 while he was working as literary editor of the 'Oxford Mail'. His many prize-winning science fiction titles include 'Hothouse' (1962), which won the Hugo Award, 'The Saliva Tree' (1966), which was awarded the Nebula, and 'Helliconia Spring' (1982), which won both the British Science Fiction Association Award and the John W Campbell Memorial Award. Several of his books have been adapted for the cinema. His story, 'Supertoys Last All Summer Long', was adapted and released as the film 'AI' in 2001. His book 'Jocasta' (2005), is a reworking of Sophocles' classic Theban plays, 'Oedipus Rex' and 'Antigone'.

Listeners: Christopher Sykes

Christopher Sykes is an independent documentary producer who has made a number of films about science and scientists for BBC TV, Channel Four, and PBS.

Tags: school Sister, girls, love

Duration: 1 minute, 15 seconds

Date story recorded: September 2014

Date story went live: 17 August 2015