Hothouse (Chapter 1)

Hothouse begins with the death of a five year old child. As a result, we learn very quickly that the future created by Brian Aldiss is a very dangerous place.

We are introduced to a small band of humans in a distant future in which Earth has been overrun by massive vegetation, and humans are a minor species living in the branches of the trees. The ground is referred to, but not seen in this chapter, and I get the impression that humans seldom, if ever, see the ground, and don’t see the sky very often either.

Anyway, this chapter isn’t a very long one, and the main thing we’ve learned so far is that there are a lot of ways to die. Looks promising.



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