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First UK edition
AuthorBrian Aldiss
GenreScience fiction
PublisherFaber & Faber (UK)
Harcourt, Brace and World (cloth) (US)
Signet (mass market)
Publication date
1964 (cloth)
1965 (mass market paperback)
Pages237 (UK)
245 (US)
207 (US paperback)

Greybeard is a science fiction novel by British author Brian Aldiss, published in 1964.

Plot summary[edit]

Set decades after the Earth's population has been sterilised as a result of nuclear bomb tests conducted in Earth's orbit, the book shows a world emptying of humans, with only an ageing, childless population left. The story is mainly told through the eyes of Algernon "Algy" Timberlane (the titular Greybeard) and his wife, Martha.[1]

Publishing history[edit]

Since its first publication by Faber & Faber and Harcourt, Brace and World in 1964, it has had numerous reprints and translations, including Romanian, Norwegian, Japanese, Dutch, Swedish,[2] Slovenian, Polish, Hungarian, Portuguese, Czech, Danish, Spanish, German and French.[3] It was included in the Gollancz science fiction reprint series, SF Masterworks.


The book is included in Interzone editor David Pringle's Science Fiction: The 100 Best Novels (1985).


  • Greybeard, Brian Aldiss. New York: Signet/New American Library, 1965. p. 2689
  1. ^ "Omphalos' Book Reviews: Omphalos' SF Book Reviews". Retrieved 2017-01-02.
  2. ^ "independent sales consultant". Brian Waldiss. Retrieved 2017-01-02.
  3. ^ Aldiss, Brian W. "Formats and Editions of Greybeard". Retrieved 2017-01-02.

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