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November 3rd, 2011, 07:47 PM
Can anyone remember this story, please? I read it some time in the '70s. A man was sentenced to a prison built inside a mountain. It consisted of a vast rotating disc hollowed out of the rock. Cells were created by walls radiating outward and every prisoner had to serve the same sentence. One person was put in a cell and the only way out was by every prisoner pushing one wall of his cell all day so the whole disc turned. After several years the disc completed one revolution and the prisoner got back to the starting point and could get out. Food and water were dropped down pipes in the ceiling.

This was an absolutely brilliant concept but the plot was a rather crude one with the subject of the story seeing a beautiful woman being put in the cell before his. He intended to join her by finding a rift in the rock he could squeeze through as his cell wall slid past. However, he found she'd already been killed by someone else.

A friend had introduced me to Brian Aldiss a few months before so it might be one of his. Any help at all to a newcomer would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you,

November 4th, 2011, 12:13 AM
Helliconia Winter (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helliconia#Synopsis_of_Helliconia_Winter) by Brian Aldiss