RIP science fiction writer Brian Aldiss, whose short story "Supertoys Last All Summer Long" was developed by Stanley Kubrick as a feature, and eventually became Steven Spielberg’s 2001 film, A.I. Artificial Intelligence.
Born in Norfolk, England, in 1925, Aldiss died at his home in Oxford on Saturday, having just turned 92, the BBC reports. A 2005 recipient of the Order of the British Empire for his contributions to literature, Aldiss penned a slew of notable works, including Greybeard, Hothouse, and the Helliconia Trilogy, which imagines a far-off land where seasons go on for centuries. He’s also credited as having written the novel that inspired the 1990 film Roger Corman’s Frankenstein Unbound.
Aldiss won two Hugo Awards and one Nebula Award and was named a Grand Master in 2000 by the Science Fiction Writers of America. He was a card-carrying member and vice president of the H.G. Wells Society, and a correspondent of both C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. He also made our short list of Nobel-worthy sci-fi writers, and apparently influenced at least one highly influential writer along the way...
Aldiss helped ring in the “British New Wave” of science fiction writing of the ‘60s and ‘70s, which focused on soft science, more so than the hard stuff.
"I don't agree with those people who think science fiction as some kind of prediction of the future," Aldiss said in 2007. "I think it's a metaphor for the human condition."