Brian Wilson Aldiss (born 18 August 1925)
A prominent science fiction writer, Aldiss was named the 18th Science Fiction Writers of America Grand Master in 2000 and was inducted into the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame in 2004. Aldiss has several works that he is known for including, Greybeard and the Helliconia trilogy. Just a few of his works are freely available, but be sure to check them out on this his birthday.
• At Baen: "Old Hundredth" Science Fiction.
"a muted, autumnal future
thousands of years after a Singularity has forever changed all life on
Earth; a future full of echoes and old ghosts; an ancient and ruinous
Earth from which humankind has forever departed; a strange world of
Involutes and Impures and musicolumns, with Venus for a moon, and hogs
as big as hippos; a world of stately, living music under dusty umbrella
trees .. ."
• At Wired: "Super-Toys Last All Summer Long" Science Fiction. [Via Free Speculative Fiction Online]
"his tale of humanity in an age of intelligent machines and of the aching loneliness endemic in an overpopulated future is the inspiration behind Kubrick's ongoing AI project. Aldiss's story offers richly suggestive details that one hopes will make the cinematic cut. But just in case they don't, read the original."
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• At Internet Archive: "A Taste for Dostoevsky" - Mindwebs. Fantasy.
"A psychological tale which blends surreal stream-of-consciousness fantasy with reality." - OTR Plot Spot.