The Helliconia Trilogy

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Aldiss, Brian. The Helliconia Trilogy: Helliconia Spring [1982], Helliconia Summer [1983], Helliconia Winter [1985]. New York: Atheneum, n.d. [S. F.] Book Club Edition.

Although Helliconian technology in the trilogy never gets beyond gas lights and the revolver, its rise (in the Great Year covered) is observed on Earth Observation Station Avernus and, via transmissions from the Avernus, on Earth. And the Avernus is very high tech—as is Earth before our nuclear winter and ice age. The comparisons and contrasts and multiple points of view allow BH to comment profoundly on technology and the myths and passions that lie behind technology.