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review Helliconia Spring 103 ¹ A planet orbiting binary suns Helliconia has a Great Year spanning three millennia of Earth time cultures are born in spring flourish in summer then die with the onset of the generations long winter Helliconia is emerging from its centuries long winter The tribes of the euatorial continent emerge from their hiding places and are agOnia is emerging from its centuries long winter The tribes of the euatorial continent emerge from their hiding places and are again able to dispute possession of the planet with the ferocious phagors In Ol. A fantastic compelling work that manages to be at once a study of a bizarre alien world with entirely different conditions than ours an epic drama of several generations struggling to survive in it and of all things a bloody reality television showIt's rather a slog at times but still it's one of those works I wish I'd read years ago

Brian W. Aldiss ½ 3 free read

Dorando love trade and coinage are being redisoveredThis is the first volume of the Helliconia Trilogy a monumental saga that goes beyond anything yet created by this master among today's imaginative write. Getting into this book was somewhat of a slog If I didn't know the pretense of the book I think I would have abandoned it early on but the idea of a planet trapped in a binary star system was intriguing enough for me to keep going Hint to future readers If you don't know Kepler's Laws of motion look them up it explains an awful lotThe story follows a couple of generations of humans trying to survive as their world begins to warm up Not much happens so don't expect a lot from the plot It's all about the environment and that's where I have my doubts All of the main events happen within a single generation and I find the time scale a bit suspect It's hard to believe that over a 'long year' of some 2500 years the end of the ice age would be noticeable within a single person lifetime But in this book that effectively what happenedI will probably read the following two volumes sometime in the future but not right now

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Helliconia SpringA planet orbiting binary suns Helliconia has a Great Year spanning three millennia of Earth time cultures are born in spring flourish in summer then die with the onset of the generations long winter Hellic. This series proves Aldiss' ability at world building and that he's not just good at writing short stories and novella's Throughout this series and even this book characters come and go but the real story is that of the Planet Helliconia itself as the annual cycle of life is followed through from Spring to Winter That's a larger prospect than it sounds given that one Helliconian year is euivalent to 2500 Earth yearsHuman civilisation rises and falls in the space of a Helliconian year when the monstrous Phagors become the dominant species during the winter Observers from Earth watch silently from above in an orbital space station forbidden from interfering for their own safety because of their vulnerability to the viruses that they have no immunity to Slowly throughout the series the way the life cycles of the variety of life forms on the planet interact in a symbiotic way to assure their mutual survival is revealed Nature imposes a harsh but necessary routine upon the inhabitants of HelliconiaThis really is a masterpiece but it is slow going and one must be prepared to realise that the characters are not the central focus of the books After a re read in 2019 I very much enjoyed revisiting this and was relieved that It was as good as I remember it One might be left wondering what happened to some of the central characters of the story and it seems to end rather abruptly with some plot lines left unresolved But this is in keeping with the general fact that these books are not really about the individual human characters and their lives but rather the gradually unravelling story of the great cycle of life on HelliconiaI still think this is a masterpiece of SF