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Greybeard is a science fiction novel by British author Brian Aldiss, published in 1964.

First UK edition
Author Brian Aldiss
Genre Science fiction
Publisher Faber & Faber (UK)
Harcourt, Brace and World (cloth) (US)
Signet (mass market)
Publication date
1964 (cloth)
1965 (mass market paperback)
Pages 237 (UK)
245 (US)
207 (US paperback)
OCLC 1222334


Plot summaryEdit

Set decades after the Earth's population has been sterilised as a result of nuclear bomb tests conducted in Earth's orbit, the book shows a world emptying of humans, with only an ageing, childless population left. The story is mainly told through the eyes of Algernon "Algy" Timberlane (the titular Greybeard) and his wife, Martha.[1]

Publishing historyEdit

Since its first publication by Faber & Faber and Harcourt, Brace and World in 1964, it has had numerous reprints and translations, including Romanian, Norwegian, Japanese, Dutch, Swedish,[2] Slovenian, Polish, Hungarian, Portuguese, Czech, Danish, Spanish, German and French.[3] It was included in the Gollancz science fiction reprint series, SF Masterworks.

Critical responseEdit

The book is included in Interzone editor David Pringle's Science Fiction: The 100 Best Novels (1985).


  • Greybeard, Brian Aldiss. New York: Signet/New American Library, 1965. p. 2689
  1. ^ "Omphalos' Book Reviews: Omphalos' SF Book Reviews". Retrieved 2017-01-02. 
  2. ^ "independent sales consultant". Brian Waldiss. Retrieved 2017-01-02. 
  3. ^ Aldiss, Brian W. "Formats and Editions of Greybeard". Retrieved 2017-01-02. 

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