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FREMANT THE TORTURE SCENES ARE HORRIFICALLY The torture scenes are horrifically sound similar to accounts I ve heard read from survivors of torture Aldiss views on security in the post 911 world are on display here Not an asy read by any stretch of the imagination but a book I m glad I have read Not for the sueamish but definitely worthy of your attention Brian Aldiss is known for being a Socialist who injects political statements into his writing And by a Socialist I mean the true definition not the uasi paranoid accusation that gets banded around and barely resembles actual Socialism by the lunatic fringe of the Republican Party In the last ten years there has been no greater rallying call for Socialism than the mistreatment of Muslims in the west following 911 and on the back of it the Freedom for Palestine movementThis is the story of a science fiction writer in the near future who falls foul of an Shadow Scale (Seraphina, extremist regime built on Islamophobia The writer himself is a secular Muslim who writes a satire in which a couple of drunks make off the cuff remarks about throwing a bomb into Downing Street For this he is arrested incarcerated and tortured Variousvidences of his Claim The Crown extremist point of view are thrown at him and the authorities try to break himA heavy political statement then notverybody s cup of tea and when the story opens the torturers are very much the stereotype of knuckle dragging government henchmen of the generic dystopia Where the story begins to have depth is in a little side story that develops out of our protagonist s coping mechanism As a science fiction writer he knows how to create fantasy world and inside his mind this is Nerds exactly what he does Fremant is a colonist arriving on Stygia havingscaped persecution only the find that on this remote world humanity is suppressing a race of sentient insects Out of the frying pan and into the fire it seems Gradually the two plot lines merge and you start to wonder which of the threads is real and which is the fantasy or is it somewhere in the middleThis is the first of Aldiss work that I have read and I can t say I was particularly impressed Sure it feels very much written in the style of British sci fi generation that Aldiss is a part and one of the last and that is a plus point classic yet modern and topical Unfortunately unlike a lot of that generation of writing it really fails to hold the attention It is a short novel and should have taken me 3 4 nights of reading for about 2 3 hours In the Shadow of the Crown (Queens of England, each But I ve dipped in and out over the last couple of weeks mostly because it did not grip me The characters in the dystopia thread are rather one dimensional and as we follow mostly interrogations I kept wanting for something to happen instead of the monotony of a thug hitting swearing and accusin our protagonist of all sorts of things It gets really tiresomeIn the other thread though the world was far illustrated I found I did not really carenough about the characters or the place to absorb myself in the book Besides which as the other story thread was so weak it made njoying this part of the book just that little bit harder That is probably the reason for why my attention tended to drift rather a lot while reading itThis is not a bad book but neither will it go down as a sci fi classic If you prefer not to be bludgeoned with political statements in novels or would rather that social issues were handled in a clever or subtle manner then this book is probably not for you As it is Aldiss tends to let his political rhetoric get in the way a little too often for my liking and that is regardless of whether I agreed with him or notSee book reviews at my blog I honestly think this deserves four stars but He had an amazing idea and didn t work it through to something that would appeal to a mainstream audience I know why should he He shouldn tBut he has written something that is absolutely relevant to the shit we are currently having to deal with and it sheds light on some of the prejudices and skewed news reporting that we currently suffer from This is very very relevantOkay it s not an asy read Maybe it is for sci fi fans But then maybe they don t like it I don t know
Any So Can T Ask so can t ask this is about now Aldiss has seen what s going on and On Such a Full Sea embedded it in annjoyable narrative It s only at the Hello, Hippo! Goodbye, Bird! end that we think Oh shit that s what is going on and I can imagine us all being in the same position that they are in here It s genuinely frightening I wasn t looking forward to reading this but I might have had my horizons widened Also it s an amazing achievement in blending two utterly different narratives different stories almost into one coherent piece of work that disturbs informs and warns warns at the same time Read it. Ts The sole humanoid race on the planet has been hunted toxtinction by the human settlers whose long journey to Stygia has left them unable to understand their own history and technologyThrown back to a primitive state they seem destined to repeat all the sins of the world they fled to Stygia to Cannibal escapeIs Paul dreaming Fremant as a way ofscaping the horrors of his imprisonment Or is there a stronger–and far stranger–connection between the two men whose very different circumstances begin to take on uncanny parallelsAs aspects of their identities blur and finally merge astonishing answers take shape–and profound new uestions arise From the Hardcover diti. I am a fan of the few books that Aldiss has written or dited He has an Man, Son of Man excellentye for description and detailIn HARM that Aldiss has written or Alter Ego edited He has anxcellent ye for description and detailIn HARM looks at current political vents with a critical Uncommon Wisdom eye towards all of humanity Blind faith Christian is assailed as is pedantic arrogant science His anti hero Paul a British Muslim is a character about whom no past is known Suspicious in his form on Earth does the government have a reason for watching him and vile in his form on Stygia where he is a perpetual stranger Paul is yet sympathetic for the abuse he suffers and his perpetual status as an outsiderThis is the kind of heavy duty sci fi that stands above genre writing as much as itmbraces genre This is a serious and sometimes unpleasant well written novel Wow This is a
vivid and devastating vision of the ways in which US and and devastating vision of the ways in which US and politics have been taken over by fear and paranoia One part of the novel set in a detainment prison speaks directly to the institution of camps like Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib within cultures that are supposedly civilized Paul Fadhil Abbas Ali a Muslim British writer has been imprisoned on suspicion of association with terrorists and Unseen City encouragement of terrorist actions like assassinating the prime minister While imprisoned he is tortured isolated and lied to In this state he begins to see another world Stygia and another man Fremant On Stygia human colonists areking out a rough Art existence after a long flight from a devastatedarth Religion science and political intrigue are all at odds as humanity fragments into separate groups The plot seesaws between Ali s God Is in the Crowd experiences in prison and Fremant sxperiences on Stygia Both men are divided and fragmented themselves Ali is British and Muslim and trying to come to terms with this split identity Fremant is the Eternal Stranger never at home in any group he joins As Aldiss takes us from one world to the other it becomes less and less clear where reality lies Both are real both are figments of the other s imagination The uestion of where reality lies is not limited to this though Is reality or truth to be found in religion Science Politics None of these seem to hold the answer for Fremant on Stygia As the colonists on Stygia seek to kill the Dogovers natives of the planet this genocide is justified by political Attracting Songbirds to Your Backyard expediency fear and religious ideology Then the political imperative changes thus the moral imperative changes as well Told he must make restitution to the remaining Dogovers one citizen says I were told not so long ago I had one of these moral obligations to killm all orf So much for all such talk 142 Morality here follows politics Science is no better Upon finding the last surviving native and delivering him to the capitol city the scientists use him for The Matriarchs (The Family experimentation and then kill him in order toxamine his brain Fremant objects You have just proved that he is our Notes for the Everlost eual in intellect and he s the last of his race You must let him go free But the head scientist replies that they cannot do that for he is much too precious to us We are scientific people my friend 193 Reality truth morality Aldiss clearly shows us that these things are not to be found in politics religion or scienceSo where can these things be found Aldiss never answers this uestion In fact this refusal to provide an answer to this most important uestion is the reason the book is so devastating so dark Aldiss writes All men in authority however they begin become hateful with time 207 Both narratives on Earth and on Stygia reveal this There seems to be noscape from the When I Moan (Vassi and Seri 1: Russian Stepbrother Romance) ever corrupting force of power Without power nothing can be done to change the world with power however men become hateful Even the best of men This book started well I think that the themes of torture government suspicion and persecution are relevant in an increasingly divided world However I was absolutely shocked by the author s decision to have his protagonist casually rape a female characterarly on in the plot because after this act I began to care less about what happened to him I found this decision by Aldiss No Biggy! extremely puzzling I could understand Aldiss deciding to make anvil adversary commit such a crime but for him to have the main character do so I then lost all sympathy for him and didn t really care if he lived or died A troubling position as a reader when you really should care about the main character s journey I also thought that some of the torture scenes went a bit too far for my liking It would be interesting to know the reasons that Aldiss had for some xtremely puzzling decisions I suppose I have learnt something from reading this don t annoy your readers by suspending their sympathies for your main character by having them commit such an atrocity Esp. From one of science fiction’s greatest living writers comes an unforgettable near future novel in the hortatory tradition of Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 Orwell’s 1984 and Dick’s A Scanner Darkly Both a searing indictment of a fear drenched political climate and a visionary allegory that shines a piercing light on timeless human verities HARM is a powerfully compact masterwork that is sure to be one of the most passionately discussed books of the yearThe time is today or tomorrow–or perhaps the day after tomorrow Paul Fadhil Abbas Ali a young British citizen of Muslim descent has written a satirical novel in which two characters joke about the assassinati. .
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this does not sit well at all Ack gack torture suick Couldn t ven make it through a does not sit well at all Ack gack torture suick Couldn t Attracting Birds to Your Backyard even make it through a First off let me say that Brian W Aldiss Harm was and is an incredibly difficult book to have finished despite its deceptively short length As a bitter commentary on the War on Terror and its present and possible abuses however HARM remains a vital contribution to the best traditions of science fiction from one of the British mastersHeartbreakingly depressing yet with a powerful message to convey HARM provides a warning to the reader presumably a resident of the ostensibly civilized West not to allow his or her fears and prejudices to consume our humanityven as we fight against perpetrators of genuine Deep Listening evil It is noteworthy thatven as the protagonist s torturers increasingly lapse in their humanity the protagonist s alter Bird-by-Bird Gardening ego on the planet Stygia gainsver increasing humanizing tendencies The Works of Saint Augustine even while Paul Fadhil Abbas Ali s humanity lapses as his already fragile mental state shatters Fremant transforms from brutal rapist into tender lover from desensitized amoral bodyguard into speaker for victims of genocideFew symbols of authority are immune from Aldiss cry in the night Not religion perpetrator of prejudice that apparently criminalizes merely being Muslim not government corrupting absolutely those who wield absolute power at any level and not scienceither ignored altogether or perverted for ulterior motives With melancholy and poetic prose Aldiss condemns both an England in the process of surrendering its civilization in its fight against terrorists who would destroy it themselves and those Muslims who refuse to modernize and participate in Western society Aldiss criticizes a religion that once counseled turning the other cheek but is now lost see page 69 Aldiss Unbuttoning the CEO (The Suits Undone even uestions humanity itself wondering aloud whether a world where men had the upper hand was much better page 163 than one in which insects predominatedBut Aldiss suggests answers and solutions as well albeit leaving it to the reader to make the ultimate decisions as to remedying the problem What you think you perceive as guilt the rest of us see as survival Page 203 Aldiss notes that the cycle of dehumanization and violence is cyclical the tail wagging the dog as often as vice versa and in holding up a dark mirror to ourselves he offers warning that the reader fails to heed at his or her perilWhile HARM is depressing it remains an important read Though it is an 11 year old book Harm remains a very topical and therefore difficult readThe torture passages succeeded at disgusting and outraging me and I could certainly conceive of a throwaway line in the book of a Muslim author being misconstrued as terrorist intentThankfully though such abasement makes up only half the story The other half set on the planet Stygia proves an interestingxploration of a newly birthed society finding its feet However I found some characters here noticeably two dimensional My Teacher Is a Robot especially the women Aldiss has anndearingly plain speaking approach to science fiction but I would have liked a bit detail about the human Supper Club element at least wherevents on Stygia were concerned The characters certainly deserved as vivid descriptions as the fantastic insectoid inhabitants of the colonised planetHarm is a strong Moanas New Friend (Disney Moana) example of sci fi as a social critiue but I wouldn t hold it in such highstimation as Huxley s A Brave New World or Bradbury s Fahrenheit 451 Nevertheless if you love Aldiss then this remains a must read This book is both grim and bleak It s cleverly and powerfully written but not in the least subtle It looks at the British political and societal scene as of right now and pretty much damns verybody the political class for reactionary abuse of power repression of its citizens and persecution of minorities Immigrants for not culturally integrating The religious for abdicating reason The scientific community for abandoning thics Human nature is found to be fundamentally pretty disgustingThe true awfulness of the book is how much truth is Seven Dwarfs Find a House (Disney Classic) expressed in it Comparisons with 1984 are bound to be made but there is really a fundamental difference 1984 is a warning HARM is a reflection of reality only slightly magnified Brian Aldiss is one of the greats of science fiction along with Clarke Bradbury Azimov This is a great bookIt isn t however anasy read dealing with 2 issues which interest me namely human rights also mental health Paul Ali a writer of Muslim heritage has been arrested is being tortured for writing a scene in a book where two drunk characters discuss assassinating the Prime Minister To scape from these atrocities Paul s dissociative personality disorder creates a world called On of the prime minister Arrested by agents of HARM–the Hostile Activities Research Ministry–Paul is thrown into a nameless Abu Ghraib like prison possibly located in Syria where he is held incommunicado and brutally interrogated by jailers to whom his Muslim heritage is itself a crime meriting the harshest punishment Under this sadistic regime Paul’s personality begins to show signs of radical fragmentation On the remote planet of Stygia a man named Fremant haunted by memories of torture that seem drawn from Paul’s mind is one of a small group of colonists struggling for survival on a harsh but weirdly beautiful world whose dominant life forms are insec.
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