Meeting Brian W. Aldiss is always a pleasure. I caught him in the midst of his portrait being painted and getting ready to go off to yet another of those science fiction conventions, where he will be adored by his fans. Life’s not bad for a man of 82, when admiring fans demand Brian to sign his name on their tee shirts. It’s not only his fans who have come to his door but in the past Hollywood film producers including Corman, Kubrick and Spielberg, asking for permission to adapt both his general fiction and science fiction stories. Even Britain’s Queen has awarded him with an OBE in 2002 for his services to literature.
Before we started the interview, Brian showed me to his jungle like back garden at his Oxfordshire village home. Brian Aldiss calls it his ‘mystery garden’, where in the bright sunshine, with the bubbling waterfall in the background, we discussed his frog problem. Brain commented that ‘it had been a bad year for frogs.’ I told him I had plenty to spare and would bring some round for him to replenish his pond.http://www.oxfordprospect.co.uk/BRIANALDISS.htm