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I have expanded from the stub. However, this is all from memory and I read the books a long time ago, so there are lots of problems. I can probably get my hands on the books again in summer 2007, but I hope someone can straighten the article out a bit before then. Eightyuu 07:17, 4 November 2006 (UTC)

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Critical analysis[edit]

The article would be improved if some reference was made to negative criticism of this trilogy. For example, it is fairly obvious that Aldiss was making everything up as he went along rather than fitting everything into a worked-out Helliconia universe, and this results in some unsatisfactory jolts between the novels, such as the conceptual shift between the 'Original Boulder' in Spring and the 'Original Beholder' in the later novels, the explanation for which is wholly unconvincing. --80.176.142.11 (talk) 18:48, 30 July 2009 (UTC)

Do you have a reference? I've had a hard time finding any published commentary at all on the series. (I thought the OB business was pretty solid myself, but my opinion isn't really relevant.) Staecker (talk) 02:46, 31 July 2009 (UTC)
I don't have a reference, or I would have added a section myself. I do remember a lot of grumbling about inconsistencies when Summer was published, but I can't find anything online. IIRC Aldiss himself shrugged off such criticism, implying that critics were missing the point. --80.176.142.11 (talk) 13:38, 3 August 2009 (UTC)
I suspect that the change from "boulder" to "beholder" is an example of the way in which the language and culture evolve on Helliconia, rather than an error. It looks as if the rather impersonal "boulder" is being interpreted in a later Helliconian "theology" as a more personal entity. An analogy might be the development of the idea of "wisdom" in ancient near eastern cultures to a more personalised form in later Hellenised Jewish and christian theology as the "logos". So rather than being a blunder, it is a sophisticated plot component. Another minor point: nondads are reputed to be infertile in cross-breeding with humans, but are not infertile themselves: this is a way in which Aldiss indicates that they are separate species, although closely related.Orbitalforam (talk) 12:06, 3 February 2011 (UTC)
To that, I can only add that boulder/beholder sounds like a typical piece of mischievous Aldissian wordplay, and to characterise it as a mistake is to fundamentally misunderstand Aldiss's use of language and wit.Lee M (talk) 15:24, 9 March 2011 (UTC)
I don't think the IP was suggesting that Aldiss had made a mistake, more that he was careless about continuity between the novels. The boulder/beholder thing is certainly wordplay, but is the resultant plotting intellectually coherent? --Ef80 (talk) 22:01, 19 September 2016 (UTC)

Book Synopses[edit]

The first two books seem to be summed up in 4 sentences or so while the third has over a page dedicated to it. Surely someone could expand the synopses for the first two books (or trim down the one for the third) so that each book has the same level of information? 77.99.98.37 (talk) 21:06, 25 May 2011 (UTC)

I’ve noticed this, as well. Which is understating it things. Can we get some expansion on the first two novels?Cuddy2977 (talk) 07:53, 19 August 2016 (UTC)
I've shortened the third summary. "Winter" is a long and complex novel and can only be trimmed so far, but I hope I've managed to cut out extraneous detail while leaving a reasonable synopsis of the highlights. I'm about to re-read the trilogy and will come back to expand the first two once my memory is refreshed. Hery-Tep Medu (talk) 15:59, 25 August 2017 (UTC)
OK, I've put in a new summary of the first book, "Spring". It seems long, but all the Helliconia books are long and densely packed. This is the most concise synopsis I can manage while still hitting the main points and major characters. There are a few small details that seem extraneous (e.g. mention of Borlien and the great wheel of Sibornal), but these tie in to later books. I'm about halfway through hammering out a synopsis of "Summer". It's longer than "Spring", with a very complex and convoluted narrative. I intend to ignore the construction, which is a tangle of flashbacks, flashforwards, and diversions, and just try to give a chronological summary. That's going to be complicated enough! Hery-Tep Medu (talk) 15:01, 20 January 2018 (UTC)

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