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 observe and understand the effects on society of such a massive climatic impact. Massive, thoroughly researched, minutely organised, full of action, pulp references and deep drama this is a classic trilogy. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
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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 observe and understand the effects on society of such a massive climatic impact.
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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. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published July 22nd by Harper Voyager first published More Details Original Title. Helliconia Other Editions 9. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Helliconia Trilogy , please sign up.
Ian Saunders None whatsoever, apart from being very good. It's about the change in a planet and its living things including "humans" during a 10, year seasona …more None whatsoever, apart from being very good. 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. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Helliconia Trilogy. May 17, Jan-Maat added it Shelves: 20th-century , science-fiction , novel. Hiking across the countryside I notice the seeds that have caught onto my clothing as I unwittingly 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.
The Helliconia trilogy is ambitious work of science-fiction. In its determination to address ideas about th Hiking across the countryside I notice the seeds that have caught onto my clothing as I unwittingly 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 tea 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 Nostromo , we 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.
High Summer approaches. Temperatures at the equator will be intense. Changes in ecology and climate have severe political ramifications. Woven into 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 Winter , the tenure of the work featuring one hero all 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 View all 8 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: centuries long, long enough for species to live and die within one season, and especially in the long, cruel, bitter winters. 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.
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: evidently Aldiss spent time with physicists, astronomers, ecologists, climatologists, sociologists and microbiologists in creating a credible environment.
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.
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The Helliconia trilogy is a series of science fiction books by British writer Brian W. Aldiss , set on the Earth -like planet Helliconia. It is an epic chronicling the rise and fall of a civilisation over more than a thousand years as the planet progresses through its incredibly long seasons, which last for centuries. The trilogy consists of the books Helliconia Spring published in , Helliconia Summer , and Helliconia Winter In one sense, the central character is not any person though some families are focused on, such as Yuli the Priest's line, which dominates Helliconia Spring but the planet itself and its science, particularly in the light of James Lovelock 's Gaia Hypothesis. The books describe realistic and credible details of the planet from the perspectives of a great variety of fields of study — astronomy, geology, climatology, geobiology , microbiology, religion, society, and many others — for which Aldiss gained the help of many Oxford academics. Connections are drawn which show numerous ways in which these aspects of life affect each other.
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