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Dracula Unbound by Brian Wilson Aldiss
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Dracula Unbound (original 1991; edition 2001)

by Brian Wilson Aldiss

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Authors:Brian Wilson Aldiss
Info:House of Stratus (2001), Paperback, 180 pages
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The author Brian Aldiss was a distinguished British SF writer who died last week at the age of 92. I had never read anything by him and this was on my Kindle already, so it seemed the right time to read it. As its title suggests it's a spin off the classic horror novel, set partly in the modern day, partly in late Victorian London around the time of the novel's original publication, and featuring Bram Stoker as a character, and partly 65 million years ago. Aldiss's story opens in modern day Utah, where two coffins are found containing human remains, but buried at a stratum dating from the era of the end of the dinosaurs, and one of whom has a stake through its heart. Despite this promising beginning, and the intriguing combination of vampires and time travel, I found the novel a bit disappointing in practice. I found most of the modern day characters rather annoying for various reasons and the late 19th and late 20th century characters accepted each other rather implausibly quickly given their completely different assumptions. Some of the dialogue jarred as well. The plot jolted along well enough to keep me reading and I'm sure I'll read the others in the trilogy (indeed I've already downloaded them), but this is not representative of Aldiss's work (I must retry his famous Helliconia trilogy). ( )
  john257hopper | Aug 26, 2017 |
Brian W. Aldiss is known as one of the greats of Science Fiction. He has published many stories and books, and is still active. Whenever I come across one of his works while thrift-shopping, I pick it up. I have 22 works by now, and have read only three, of which only one was one hundred percent science fiction. The other two, this one and Frankenstein Unbound, are a mix of science fiction (time travel mostly) and classic horror.
It is the future (1999, but still) where one inventor/entrepreneur, Joe Bodenland, has developed a machine that can keep a thing (like toxic waste) at one certain point in time, making it effectively disappear. He is also involved with archaeological research, and because of that he is called when one archaeologist finds a casket with a human body below the K-T boundary (so more than 65 million years old). While looking into this the team gathered at the site get the feeling one night that a train is coming out of nowhere and travels over them at high-speed. Of course Bodenland must investigate, and thus he enters the Time Train that travels through time while carrying "The Fleet Ones", vampires. He ends up in the nineteenth century, picks up Bram Stoker and his gardener, and together they must fight to save humanity from near extinction and servitude in the future by killing the vampires (led by Lord Dracula himself, of course) in the far past.
Like 'Frankenstein Unbound' the book was a bit chaotic, another 300 pages and more time to work out the ideas in this book (time travel, vampires as an evolved species, humankind in the future) would make it so great. As it is now, the ideas are original, the action is pretty good, and the conclusion was good. Still, three out of five stars. ( )
  divinenanny | Feb 5, 2014 |
What a disappointment! I was really looking forward to reading my first Brian Aldiss - one of the 'masters' of science fiction - book. It sucked!

The characters and dialogue was flat and annoying. The imagery, with possibly the exception of the first description of the time train and the torture of Alwyn, below par for a school essay by a twelve year old. The science highly contrived. The time travel paradoxes were what you might expect from a 1950's pulp SF novel.

I doubt that I would ever read another Brian Aldiss novel, and am flabbergasted that my favourite author, Gene Wolfe lists him as a favourite, ( )
  chvdwalt | Nov 11, 2010 |
When two coffins are found below the K/T line aging them to 65 million years in the past Joe Bodenland gets involved. Add in a time machine, vampires, Count Dracula, and Bram Stoker as a character and you have got the workings over a clever and exciting novel.

I really enjoyed this story. Brian Aldiss is a master at blending science and fantasy into an epic tale through 65 million years of history. First book of his I have read but will definetely be looking for more. Perhaps the previous Frankenstein Unbound. ( )
  LouCypher | Sep 16, 2009 |
How does one describe a novel that combines time travel, hazardous waste disposal, alternate theories of evolution, Bram Stoker, ghosts and vampires? I don't know, either. But that, in a nutshell, is this book. ( )
  avanta7 | Apr 24, 2009 |
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Nicht sein kann, was nicht sein darf
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Gondwana Ranch Texas 75042 USA 18 August 1999
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In a brilliant reimagining of Bram Stoker's horror classic, an inventor travels back in time to save humankind from a nightmarish enslavement by vampires Joe Bodenland has figured out how to manipulate time-a discovery that leads him to Utah and an impossible sixty-five-million-year-old human gravesite. It is here that he learns of the existence of a monstrous race of intelligent predators as old as the dinosaur, and of the remarkable "train" the undead creatures use to travel back and forth from a Paleolithic past to a monstrous far future in which Homo sapiens are enslaved cattle. With the fate of all humanity at stake, Joe commandeers the ghostly transportation and rides it back to Victorian England, where he enlists the aid of a powerful ally, the author Bram Stoker, in the battle to secure Earth. But to prevent the coming apocalyptic nightmare, they must first confront and destroy the most cunning and deadly being the world has ever known: Lord Dracula, the immortal vampire. The recipient of numerous awards and honors, including multiple Hugo and Nebula Awards and the Prix Jules Verne, Grand Master Brian W. Aldiss puts a bold new science ficion spin on Bram Stoker's classic tale of vampiric horror. An ingenious reinvention of the Nosferatu myth, Dracula Unbound is a breakneck thrill ride from one of the most revered names in science fiction and fantasy.… (more)

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