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By this description, the books are hard science fiction at its finest. The brilliance of this trilogy is in the epic scale of the world building, and the sweep of time and space it encompasses. Aldiss has meticulously imagined his Ice Age world facing the coming of a thaw that hrian only every years or so. If you don’t know Kepler’s Laws of motion look them up, it explains an awful lot. The phagor captain, a noble of his kind, is captured and executed.

At the start of this book, the planet is coming out of a winter cycle and moving slowly into spring. There is no conclusive ending to this conflict. However, the Helliconian humans are largely unaware and unaffected by scientific considerations beyond their limited lives rather like hfliconia humans in this regardrelying on religious beliefs and institutions to provide the philosophic and practical frameworks to their lives; the trilogy is in fact a thinly-veiled critique of institutionalised religions as well as helicoonia.

Massive, thoroughly researched, minutely organised, full of action, pulp references and deep drama this is a classic trilogy. This pushes us to think about the context of events, the systems and structures.

Phagors were the dominant race on Helliconia before the Helliconia-Batalix system was captured by Freyr. To see what your friends thought brain this book, please helicona up.

Finally, we see the outcome of all that has gone before, in an apocalyptic resolution of that struggle. Heck, the prologue to the entire trilogy is a page unbroken chapter. Which made them a little disappointing. On the whole, much as I loved it, the trilogy was a disappointment.


I think it’s a magnificent novel, not always successful, but for scale and ambition I have to salute the author. This Gaian perspective sets the mood of the text, both literally and figuratively. I recently picked it up again and finished it, but found myself pushing through most of it. Helicconia Report a review At Kobo, we try to ensure that published reviews do not contain rude broan profane language, spoilers, or any of our reviewer’s personal information.

It gets a little better than the prologue, but I just didn’t care too much about the people of Oldorando or even keep them straight, since their names all sound the same. The novel focuses primarily on the inhabitants of a village called Oldorando and its changes as it grows and it’s society learns and develops. Jun 02, Sarah rated it liked it. While these transitions most often come across well, there are moments a few of the characters seem caught on a bunjee cord of time.

Jan 21, Henry Gee rated it it was amazing.

Helliconia : Helliconia Spring, Helliconia Summer, Helliconia Winter

Aldiss is clear on the point. A striking difference between Earth-humans and Helliconian humans and phagors is the latter’s ability to communicate with the spirits of the dead as their life force is slowly returned to the Original Beholder. Somewhere East of Life. Just as they prepare to leave, Aoz Roon is brought into the city as a captive; he joins the escaping group.

So, when the chance came up to read the Helliconia trilogy, I decided to make it a definitive test. In the confusion, he escapes along with two prisoners and the former girlfriend of one of them.

Massive, thoroughly researched, minutely organised, full of action, adiss references and deep drama this is a classic trilogy. In fact, the extra-planetary setting and the orbiting station are the only true sci-fi devices; the remainder is able to be read as pure fantasy. Although I’m sure this wasn’t Aldiss’s intention, the stories and story fragments feel as if they’ve been tossed in merely to keep us reading through the long expository passages.

Helliconia Trilogy

The hardest of hard SciFi meets pre-agrarian society. The events in Helliconia Spring cover a mere generation, which makes for a more intimate chronicle of humanity at a turning point. Oct 01, Brian Gormley rated it really liked it. Getting a little more than halfway through I skipped to the end to see if it was any more exciting.


Slowly thoughtout the series the way the life cycles of aldss variety of life forms on the planet interact in a symbiotic way to assure their mutual survival is revealed.

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I’ve had two stays recently. The books describe realistic and credible details of the planet from the perspectives of a great heliconiaa of fields of study — astronomy, geology, climatology, geobiology, microbiology, religion, society, and many others — for which Aldiss gained the help of many Oxford academics.

Other books in the series.

Pannoval is ruled despotically by an alliance of the priesthood and militia, who keep the citizens oppressed in the name bran the god Akha. Of course, there are plenty of famous fantasy worlds, some regarded hleiconia Towering Achievements, no less, that helicinia largely populated with familiar plants, animals, customs, emotions and so forth, but one expects sciencefictional worlds to be a bit more alien.

In Autumn and Winter the phagors are in ascendancy and in Spring and Summer the humans are. The space station continues with its work for many centuries, but eventually its isolated people descend into madness and sexual perversion a common theme in Aldiss’s works, which he treats with revulsion rather than salaciousness.

That desire to illustrate the transformations of the world, and the waxing of human influence, ends up diluting the dramatic arc.