Brian W. Aldiss António Porto
Os Negros Anos Luz
March 20, 2019 Comments.. 260
Os Negros Anos Luz The human species has begun to racket about the galaxy When they reach the planet Grudgrodd they come across another space faring species It s a case of instant dislike The gentle Utods do not feel p

  • Title: Os Negros Anos Luz
  • Author: Brian W. Aldiss António Porto
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  • Page: 252
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • The human species has begun to racket about the galaxy When they reach the planet Grudgrodd, they come across another space faring species It s a case of instant dislike The gentle Utods do not feel pain, they change sex as the planet changes suns, they live long pleasurable lives, free of stress They wallow in their own middens But Civilisation is the distance man hThe human species has begun to racket about the galaxy When they reach the planet Grudgrodd, they come across another space faring species It s a case of instant dislike The gentle Utods do not feel pain, they change sex as the planet changes suns, they live long pleasurable lives, free of stress They wallow in their own middens But Civilisation is the distance man has placed between himself and his excreta So the carnage begins.

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    1. Lyn says:

      The Dark Light Years by Brian Aldiss, first published in 1964, makes me realize what an important voice Aldiss is in the science fiction genre.As I write this in May 2015, Mr. Aldiss is 89 years old and still writing. Named a Grand Master by the Science Fiction Writers of America in 2000 and inducted by the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2004, he has received two Hugo Awards, one Nebula Award, and one John W. Campbell Memorial Award.The Dark Light Years, somewhat dated by today’s tech heavy l [...]

    2. Paul Bryant says:

      THE MILD PLEASURES OF ANTIQUE SCIENCE FICTIONWhat you get with 52-year-old science fiction novels is the past’s version of the future, which is fun. So in 1964 Brian Aldiss sets his story in 2035 and in this 2035 everyone is still smoking (but a derivative of mescaline, not tobacco), hardly anyone is still eating meat, but women are still an oddity in the professions and the space-faring crews. And there's war on between Britain and Brazil! Ah well, maybe in twenty years from now, that will tu [...]

    3. Stephen says:

      4.0 to 4.5 stars. Another excellent science fiction novel by Mr. Aldiss. Better than Non-Stop but not as good as Hothouse (my favorite Aldiss novel), this is a darkly humorous and satirical look at the darker side of humanity and horribly we get it wrong when we come across a peaceful alien species that evolved differently from us. Smart, well written, at times funny and leaves you with much to think about. Highly Recommended!!!

    4. Bandit says:

      Civilization is a distance the man has placed between him and his excreta. What an idea, though, of course, not without its limitations. Conceptually this is precisely the sort of scifi I enjoy. The sort that uses fictional constructs to address serious topics. The sort that uses aliens to talk about humanity. In this case the fictional construct is an alien race found and found offensive by earth explorers. Offense in the form of not subscribing to standard humanoid measures of hygiene. It matt [...]

    5. Manny says:

      Brian Aldiss loved challenging the basic assumptions of Western civilisation. Here, it's cleanliness. Most SF writers it for granted that beings from any "advanced" culture will keep themselves clean and neat. So Aldiss introduces the Utods, who are sophisticated enough to have invented interstellar travel, but look vaguely like hippopotami and spend their time wallowing in their own dung. The idea's nice, and the ending is effective and generates suitable outrage, but unfortunately the rest of [...]

    6. Sandy says:

      It had been a good 30 years since I last read anything by British sci-fi author Brian Aldiss. Back in the mid-'80s, spurred on by three highly laudatory articles in David Pringle's "Science Fiction: The 100 Best Novels," I had eagerly read Aldiss' classic novel of a generational starship, "Non-Stop" (1958); his equally classic tale of an Earth billions of years hence, "Hothouse" (1962); and his underrated novel of an Earth gone sterile due to fallout radiation, "Greybeard" (1964), back to back t [...]

    7. Stephen Thomas says:

      SNOK SNOK OF THE GRUDGRODD!This slim novel is a wryly humorous indictment of man’s boundless arrogance. Failure to comprehend an existence that is starkly at odds with our own leads to the mistaken conclusion that the utods are little more than vaguely bright cattle. Throughout the story the strange alien’s serene intelligence is either misconstrued or missed completely. Only one man, who decides to exile himself in order to observe the creatures in their own environment, will ever understan [...]

    8. Tim says:

      I feel bad giving this a two but that's how it pans out. A fantastic concept that I was excited Aldiss came up with, but the story is just not up to expectations (I have read many other of his titles). I'll just leave it at that.

    9. Chris says:

      Humanity has met many species of semi-sapient lifeforms on its expansion across the galaxies, but had never discovered another intelligent race before. That changed when a group of explorers ran into the utod. Hippopotomi-sized, two-headed mammals that wallow in mud and their own filth, traversing the galaxy in wooden spacecraft, the utod are gentle creatures who feel no pain, can change their gender, and communicate in a complex series of whistles and hoots from their eight orifaces. Needless t [...]

    10. Rjyan says:

      Whoa. This is my first Aldiss. As it starts, this book is a little frustrating, but pretty irresistible, & eventually the frustrations are revealed to have been an ingenious device. Aldiss is really good at keeping his skepticism about our present civilization just barely visible, & likewise having the unfortunate aspects of his characters' personalities slip out briefly & almost accidentally & just enough to be damning without bludgeoning us with them. Attention to detail really [...]

    11. Steven says:

      Another crybaby sf tale about "humans suck". There was very little carnage in it, as other reviews had talked of, which is sort of what sparked my interest in it to begin with. The genocide of a disgusting alien species? That sounds cool, right? Well, not in this case. Read Greybeard or Non-stop instead. They're the authors strongest works.

    12. Lewis Manalo says:

      A short novel but teeming with great ideas. What is intelligence? How can we tell if a completely foreign alien is intelligent or not? Are you intelligent if you like to lie in your own poop?

    13. Bukk says:

      I bought this book based on its cover alone. They say don't do that, and sometimes they're right, but sometimes they're wrong. Sci-fi from the 60s and 70s and even a little into the 80s had great cover art. Even if the books sucked, they had awesome cover art, the kind of cover art that books SHOULD have, with brilliantly painted visions of whatever was relevant, an almost psychedelic and epic and surreal and brain-stretching aspect to all of it. I don't know what happened, but sometime around t [...]

    14. Deborah Coleen Black says:

      It has been many years since I have read a science fiction novel. Whilst browsing in a second-hand bookshop I happened upon "The Dark Light Years" by Brian Aldiss. The blurb on the back cover of this slim novel, published in 1964, describes it as difficult and one of Aldiss' best. Both my recollection of Aldiss as an accomplished science-fiction writer and some nostalgic recollections from my childhood made me decide to buy this book.However, I almost gave up reading the novel after a few pages; [...]

    15. Joe Santoro says:

      According the the copyright page, this book began life as a short story which a find odd only in that I can't see where it would have been cut unlike many such sorry, this was really a novel, I felt.Be warned, I'm going to summarize most of the plot here, because there's no real twists to spoil, and it seems discussion-worthy :) I'll leave some space here in case y'all want to avoid it.Not much to the characters here(they're all pretty much from central casting), it's pretty much straight social [...]

    16. Charles Dee Mitchell says:

      Commentators often mention that sf novels would be impossible without the presupposition that mankind has developed the technology that allows spacecraft to break the speed of light. Various ways this unlikely achievement might be realized are sometimes put forth, but for the most part zipping from one galaxy to another is taken for granted. In the third chapter of this brilliant short novel, Aldiss both mocks and solves this narrative predicament in a single sentence:And a little grizzled Austr [...]

    17. Robin says:

      Beautifully written, with well-drawn characters and amazing aliens. Aldiss uses a revolving door of characters to shine light on a dozen glittering facets of his vision, and the result is stunning. Remarkably, there is no filler in this book: every scene is important and interesting in its own right. Its only weaknesses are its scattershot themes and an abrupt ending. Those problems notwithstanding, this is a remarkable novel, a classic in the canon of sf and one of its true literary works. 4.5/ [...]

    18. Larry says:

      A lesser known Aldiss novel but one I enjoyed. It presents the dilemma of how to deal with the Utods, a race of aliens that are physically repulsive, and in the end I felt quite sorry for the Utods who were trying to express their sadness and anger at their treatment by the soldiers but because they couldnt be understood their ill treatment, due to ignorance, continued unabated.

    19. Ruth says:

      Ah, it has been a decade and half since I read this book, and my notes are scant. I offer them for what it is worth: Wonderful, wish there was more of it, unsatisfactorily short.

    20. Ben Shee says:

      It explores: What is intelligence and what does it mean to be intelligent - the dichotomy of the cosmos and the mind? What is death? What is civilisation and how does its morality arise ("East of Suez, a man can find more excuses for himself than a cretin can.")? Free will or determinism - is the human but a machine running on instinct, or is there a ghost or spirit in the machine? Different ways of communicating and forms of language - briefly a Sapir-Whorf-esque theorem. How humans can underst [...]

    21. Stephen Poltz says:

      What is civilization? What is intelligence? Will we know when we make first contact? These are the questions that are asked in this book by Brian Aldiss. The earthlings in this book define civilization as the distance that man has placed between himself and his own excreta. When first contact is made, it’s with a race of beings that wallow in dirt and their own excreta. They look like hippos, even though they are called rhino-men. They have six appendages with hands with two opposable thumbs. [...]

    22. Gregg says:

      Very interesting take on alien lifeI've always wondered whether we would recognise intelligent alien life. Their thought and language might be beyond our ability to comprehend. I fear this take might be the outcome of first contact. But which side of the equation would humans be on?

    23. Van Nuys says:

      Agreeing with a previous reviewer, if you are new to Aldiss, read Non-Stop and Greybeard first. This book is for hard-core Aldiss fans really; a decent outer space tale with a disquieting perspective.

    24. Fantasy Literature says:

      3.5 stars from Sandy, read the full review at FANTASY LITERATUREIt had been a good 30 years since I last read anything by British sci-fi author Brian Aldiss. Back in the mid-‘80s, spurred on by three highly laudatory articles in David Pringle’s Science Fiction: The 100 Best Novels, I had eagerly read Aldiss’ classic novel of a generational starship, Non-Stop (1958); his equally classic tale of an Earth billions of years hence, Hothouse (1962); and his underrated novel of an Earth gone ster [...]

    25. Fred says:

      Hmmm. Not much to say on this strange "first contact" style SF book - it gets the most thorough treatment it ever will in Wingrove's excellent Apertures, a book of Aldiss criticism. A bridge novel, moving from Aldiss' relatively straight, but excellent, science fiction of the fifties and early sixties, into his New Wave experimental phase of the late sixties. I believe this was written in 1964.We (humanity) come across another intelligent life form, and immediately kill most of them. That much i [...]

    26. Martina says:

      The dark light years is my first Aldiss book. I can't say that I've enjoyed it - it leaves a rather bitter aftertaste - but I certainly appreciate what the author tried to do here. When one thinks of aliens, the unavoidable images that cross one's mind are those of little green/gray guys with big heads. However, Aldiss radically twists that notion into something else. His utods vaguely resemble hippos and don't measure up to human hygene standards, yet they are an intelligent life form which kno [...]

    27. Vitor Frazão says:

      O autor fez um excelente trabalho ao construir biológica e culturalmente os Utods e na reflexão sobre as definições de cultura e inteligência, permitido pelos conflitos inerentes ao contacto entre duas espécies tão diferentes como estes e os humanos. Igualmente interessante foi o conceito de todos os conflitos entre países terrestres serem transferidos para um campo de batalha externo, no planeta Caronte.Infelizmente, o sucesso da complexidade intelectual não se transferiu para a porç [...]

    28. Tomasz says:

      Mam bardzo mieszane wrażenia co do tej książki. Świetny pomysł dotyczący Pierwszego Kontaktu został zrealizowany w dość rwany, nieciekawy sposób. Bohaterowie nawet nie zarysowani, sztywne napuszone dialogi i sfragmentaryzowana fabuła. Cholera, taki pomysł powstał ponad pół wieku temu, przed większością dywagacji Lema o niemożności kontaktu z Obycmi, długo przed Wattsem i tak ów pomysł został spaprany :(

    29. Paul Hollis says:

      Aldiss uses the story of man's first encounter with alien life forms to explore the nature of man to control and to destroy what is different. This short novel is well written with some subtle black humor. This is the first Aldiss I have read and I am impressed with his writing style, which is tight with no words wasted.

    30. Simon says:

      Darkly humourous, yet depressing tale of first contact with intelligent alien life. A life form who's idea of civilization that differs from ours do dramatically that it serves as a barrier to mutual understanding.

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