This copy is from the library and collection of the late Dr Philip Murray, a noted collector of first editions, who put his large collection up for sale in 2016.
This copy is signed by aldiss to Dr Philip Murray - A brief story of a Brief Life - Best Regards Brian Aldiss - Boars hill '87.
Also laid in loosely is a postcard , dated OCtober 1987 - in the author's hand
Dear Dr murray, terribly sorry for delay, we've been abroad and other such crises - now winter and work set in Do Please send Ruins - I'd love to sign it for you, Sincerely, Brian Aldiss. Postcard is addressed to Dr Murray , Stephen Street Sligo.
Ruins is a novella by Aldiss, - this isu the first printing, first edition.
Ruins exemplifies the novella form – and shows Brian Aldiss at the top of his writing powers. Departing from the science fiction arena in which his reputation has chiefly derived, he tells the story of a sad and self-absorbed everyman who recovers simply by acknowledging the power of the human spirit. In a relentless peeling-away of the trappings of modern affluence, Brian Aldiss has made a powerful, distilled fiction which travels the cathartric road of human quest – from aimlessness down into destruction and on into survival and hope. This novella adheres to a classic novella pattern – brevity, few characters, archetypal roles. The leading character, Hugh Billing, shuttles between England and America.