Harm (2007) Imprisoned for a jokey paragraph about killing the prime minister, British novelist Paul Ali endures brutal torture by imagining himself on a planet where humans… 2007-05-29 Fiction Sci-fi and Fantasy Del Rey
Book Review

Harm (2007)

EW's GRADE
B-

Details Release Date: May 29, 2007; Writer: Brian W. Aldiss; Genres: Fiction, Sci-fi and Fantasy; Publisher: Del Rey

Imprisoned for a jokey paragraph about killing the prime minister, British novelist Paul Ali endures brutal torture by imagining himself on a planet where humans have domesticated giant insects in Brian W. Aldiss' Harm.

For Fans of...
1984; A Bug's Life.

Bottom Line
Aldiss' dystopian chops — his 1969 story ''Super-Toys Last All Summer Long'' inspired Steven Spielberg's A.I. — alter in this unsubtle vision of a paranoid West that persecutes Muslim minorities and arthropods alike. B-

Originally posted May 25, 2007 Published in issue #936 Jun 01, 2007 Order article reprints