Three Types of Solitude by Brian Aldiss

Faber Stories, a landmark series of individual volumes, presents masters of the short story form at work in a range of genres and styles.

Brian Aldiss, who died in 2017, was best known for his science fiction – and in particular for a short story optioned by Stanley Kubrick, which would, under the direction of Steven Spielberg, become the film A.I. Artificial Intelligence.

Aldiss’s first book was published by Faber in 1955.

This brief, late trilogy contains much of his lively humour, one improbable invention, and a pervasive sense of loneliness and longing. ‘Sadness is just happiness in reverse,’ says someone in a story within the story, ‘We humans have to put up with it.’

Bringing together past, present and future in our ninetieth year, Faber Stories is a celebratory compendium of collectable work. 

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Judge Beauregard Peach was writing to his estranged wife, Gertrude.

1: HAPPINESS IN REVERSE

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(@FaberBooks, 7 March 2019, ebook, 23 pages, bought from @AmazonKindle)

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This is a new author for me. I don’t read a lot of science fiction but I really enjoyed these stories and might read more of the author’s work at some point. The first story, Happiness in Reverse is the best and the most ‘sci-fi’ tale on offer. There’s something I really liked about it. It’s a ‘story-within-a-story’ as a woman receives letters from her ex-husband which detail a bizarre case at work and they exchange back and forth. The three stories are well-written and entertaining.

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