Sci-fi author Brian Aldiss on Doris Lessing


Science Fiction writer Brian Aldiss discusses the career of friend and fellow author Doris Lessing, who died in November aged 94.

He tells Alan Yentob on BBC One's imagine... how his friendship with Lessing developed when he supported her sci-fi writing. Aldiss says many male fans of the genre protested about a woman "invading our territory" when she moved from writing realist novels to science fiction.

Doris Lessing - The Reluctant Heroine was originally broadcast in May 2008 after Lessing was awarded the 2007 Nobel Prize in Literature.

It is being shown again on BBC One at 23:20GMT on Tuesday 10 December 2013. It is available afterwards on BBC iPlayer.

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