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So here's the catalogue of the latest exhibition from the Goldmark Galleries in Rutland, and these are on display, and are now up for sale. And some of them, of course, I'm very pleased with. And I think this one is particularly good, and it's called Philosophy Forming Its Own Universe. And that's the way it goes; it's a triptych. And so these things continue throughout this little booklet. And I went and opened the proceedings a week ago, and everyone there was very nice, and these are all hung in a beautiful room.

Some of them have titles, like, for instance, this one is called Structures Against Chaos. That one understands.  And here, in memory of the past, I suppose, are two paintings said to represent the Brahmaputra and the Irrawaddy, both of which are mighty rivers streaming through Burma. Oh, and this is my nice novel, Walcot, which the same studio, Goldmark, published. Very fine, substantial volume they made of it, too. 

So there we are, so I'm an artist, you see. Well, a sort of an artist.

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: Goldmark Galleries

Duration: 2 minutes, 14 seconds

Date story recorded: September 2014

Date story went live: 17 August 2015