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Mad with love
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I've certainly been mad with love, and I would think, possibly quite a lot of times. For instance, I was checking up with this little book, which I hope, will eventually go to my dear friend, Alison. And, I found in here… I'm sure I can find it again, a photograph of a charming lady. She was French, oh God! And I was crazed about her. And this must have been after Margaret died, when I was free to be crazy about anyone.

But in a way, there are all kinds of love, really. I mean, I love my dear children, my amazing children. Two by my first wife, and two by my second – those who play Buccaneer, I love them.

But then, I could say: I love this house. In a sense, I love the house, but that's a different kind of love, isn't it?

Perhaps they're all loves that require a certain amount of possession. Without possession, perhaps love fails or dwindles. It has to be fed.

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: love, madness, woman, children

Duration: 1 minute, 48 seconds

Date story recorded: September 2014

Date story went live: 17 August 2015