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Helliconia WinterThis is the final volume of the Helliconia Trilogy a monumental saga that goes beyond anything yet created by this master among today's imaginative writers The centuries long winter of the Great Year. So relieved to have finally finished this trilogy

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Helliconia Winter Read ä 2 ´ This is the final volume of the Helliconia Trilogy a monumental saga that goes beyond anything yet created by this master among today's imaginative writers The centuries long winter of the Great Year on Helliconia is upon us and the Oligarch is taking harsh measures to ensure the survival of the people of the bleak Northern cOn Helliconia is upon us and the Oligarch is taking harsh measures to ensure the survival of the people of the bleak Northern continent of Sibornal Behind the battle with which the novel opens lies an. The world of Helliconia is moving away from the supergiant star Freyr The Great Winter is about to descend on the planet with full unmitigated fury The tropical continent of Campannlat is ill prepared to deal with the falling temperatures and the defeat of their armies by the forces of the harsh northern landmass of Sibornal signals the beginning of the end of their period of dominance Luterin Shokerandit a soldier in the Sibornalese army returns home in triumph only to face treachery The ruthless leader of Sibornal the Oligarch has decreed that the victorious army is returning home infested with plague and cannot be allowed to reach succorMeanwhile life on the Earth Observation Station Avernus in orbit around Helliconia for almost four millennia is drawing to an end as the inhabitants revert to savage barbarism even as the world beneath them falls from the glories of Summer into the abyss of Winter But some in Sibornal have vowed that humanity and civilisation will ride out the Winter no matter the cost in bloodHelliconia Winter picks up the story of the world of Helliconia 478 local years 669 Earth years after the events of Helliconia Summer As before whilst the individual characters who starred in the previous novel are long dead the fall out of their actions continues to have conseuences in this novel although in this case at something of a remove since the action is now transplanted to the northern continent of Sibornal Here we follow a band of characters led by the betrayed Luterin as he struggles to return to his distant home in the Shivenink Chain giving rise to what potentially should have been the most dynamic storyline in The Helliconia Trilogy Instead we get a travelogue A fascinating intelligent well thought out travelogue but nevertheless there is the feeling of Aldiss pointing out the cool scenery at the expense of developing his themes in tandem with the plotThis is not to say that the themes Aldiss wished to explore with the trilogy have been neglected but they have been shunted into a somewhat unfocused subplot that ranges from the Avernus back to Earth and to one of Earth's almost failed colony worlds These ideas are interesting and intelligently handled but whilst in Spring and Summer they integrated nicely into the Helliconian story here they are separated to the detriment of both That said it is satisfying to get an answer for the mystery of why the Helliconian afterlife spirits went from angry monstrous creatures in Helliconia Spring to peaceful loving entities in Helliconia Summer and these developments do a good job of tying the relevance of events in the two earlier books to the events of this oneOn the plus side Aldiss's gift for invention remains formidable here The landforms the characters pass through the political machinations within the government of Sibornal and its member states and the constant evolution of the flora and fauna of Helliconia to deal with its climatic extremes all remain stunning His characters are similarly well drawn and convincing but it has to be said in this case they are mostly unpleasant and selfish characters whose ambitions and motivations are interesting on an intellectual level but unengaging on an emotional one In particular his female characters receive short shrift here which is odd especially after the first book in the series where it is the women of Oldorando who drive forward its scientific and technological development The ending is also rather unsatisfying than in the first two books where the ambiguous conclusions are alleviated by us learning what happened next in historical texts mentioned in the succeeding volume With no succeeding volume to

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Act of unparalleled treachery But the plague is coming on the wings of winter and the Oligarch's will is set against it and against the phagors humanity's ancient enemies who carry the plague with th. A science fiction series with fantasy plots and a planet as the main character is how I'd describe this series The books share very few plot lines but closely follow the changes of an entire ecosystem across three seasons so should be read in orderWhat Brian W Aldiss does here is nothing short of amazing I have yet to read such interesting and detailed biological descriptions of the denizens of Helliconia He is also very adept at building local legends that are slowly unraveled as the series progresses but not necessarily by the characters in the bookThe only thing I regret is that there wasn't a fourth Autumn book in the series I'm sure the author would've been able to find to write about