Brian Aldiss, the sci-fi author, whose story ‘Supertoys Last All Summer Long’ inspired Steven Spielberg’s 2001 film AI: Artificial Intelligence, has died peacefully at the age of 92.
His death was announced in Twitter by his family today.
It is with great sadness we announce the death of our beloved father & grandfather. Brian died peacefully at home on his 92nd birthday ^TA
— Brian Aldiss (@brianaldiss) August 21, 2017
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Neil Gaiman and Blur guitarist Graham Coxon were among many mourners who expressed their sadness at the news online.
This just hit me like a meteor to the heart: Brian Aldiss died on his 92nd Birthday. A larger than life wise writer. https://t.co/kP6mQw8mGo
— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) August 21, 201
The great genius Brian Aldiss has died. RIP Brian, and thanks for the books.. pic.twitter.com/V4gIuFTr7S
— graham coxon (@grahamcoxon) August 21, 2017
Aldiss originally began making up frightening stories to deter children from teasing him when he was sent to boarding school at age 6.
During his career Aldiss counted C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien among his associates, and regularly drank with Kinsley Amis. In 2000, the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America named him Grand Master. In 2005, he was awarded an OBE for services to literature.
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