Brian Aldiss

Brian Aldiss chooses The Diary of Maria Bashkirtseff (1871-1884)

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Author of science fiction novels including the Helliconia trilogy, Hothouse, Finches of Mars and Super-Toys Last All Summer Long, the inspiration for Spielberg's film A.I Artificial Intelligence

The Diary of Marie Bashkirtseff (1871-1884)

Brian Aldiss chooses The Diary of Marie Bashkirtseff, a Ukranian painter and sculptor who died aged 25.

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V.S Prichett on the French novelist Zola, who was an inspiration for Marie Bashkirtseff.

From French Novelists 06 Nov 1947 on Radio 4

Photo by Etienne Carjat, 1865, courtesy of Museum of Photographic Arts.


The former Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, on his passion for Tolstoy (another inspirational figure for Marie Bashkirtseff.)

From The Essay 15 Nov 2010 on Radio 3


Joan Bakewell on the diaries of Nella Last and Cosima Wagner.

From Point of View: Joan Bakewell 31 Dec 2010 on Radio 4

Doris Lessing

Doris Lessing and Tanith Lee on science fiction and being a woman working in the genre.

From Meridian 03 Sept 1987 on Radio 4 

Brian Aldiss

Brian Aldiss talks to John Dunn about science fiction's fans, detractors and ambitions.

From John Dunn Show 15 Aug 1990 on Radio 4