The Best of John Brunner

The Best of John Brunner John Brunner
  • Title: The Best of John Brunner
  • Author: John Brunner
  • ISBN: 9780345353078
  • Page: 368
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Best of John Brunner John Brunner The Best of John Brunner For over thirty years Hugo Award winning author John Brunner has written science fiction that stands as a shining example of imagination and innovation of thought and form Here are than stories th
    For over thirty years, Hugo Award winning author John Brunner has written science fiction that stands as a shining example of imagination and innovation of thought and form Here are than 15 stories that cover the full range of Brunner s writing, from the profound and sublime to the whimsical, in the best tradition of speculative fiction.The Last Lonely Man In a worlFor over thirty years, Hugo Award winning author John Brunner has written science fiction that stands as a shining example of imagination and innovation of thought and form Here are than 15 stories that cover the full range of Brunner s writing, from the profound and sublime to the whimsical, in the best tradition of speculative fiction.The Last Lonely Man In a world without fear of death, no one had to be aloneexcept the man who took friendship a step too far.An Elixir for the Emperor It was an ingenious ploy in Roman politicsuntil Caesar actually got what he asked for The Totally Rich Their wealth could buy anything imaginable, except what their hearts most desiredWhat Friends Are For He was the best designed child money could buy and every parent s nightmare But then he found a friendd lots Contents Introduction The Brunner Mosaic by Joe HaldemanThe Totally RichThe Last Lonely ManGalactic Consumer Report No 1FairSuch StuffGalactic Consumer Report No 2Tracking with Close ups 21 and 23 X HeroNo Future in ItGalactic Consumer Report No 3What Friends Are ForThe Taste of the Dish and the Savor of the DayGalactic Consumer Report No 4The Man Who Saw the Thousand Year ReichAn Elixir for the EmperorThe Vitanuls
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    About John Brunner


    1. John Brunner was born in Preston Crowmarsh, near Wallingford in Oxfordshire, and went to school at St Andrew s Prep School, Pangbourne, then to Cheltenham College He wrote his first novel, Galactic Storm, at 17, and published it under the pen name Gill Hunt, but he did not start writing full time until 1958 He served as an officer in the Royal Air Force from 1953 to 1955, and married Marjorie Rosamond Sauer on 12 July 1958At the beginning of his writing career Brunner wrote conventional space opera pulp science fiction Brunner later began to experiment with the novel form His 1968 novel Stand on Zanzibar exploits the fragmented organizational style John Dos Passos invented for his USA trilogy, but updates it in terms of the theory of media popularised by Marshall McLuhan The Jagged Orbit 1969 is set in a United States dominated by weapons proliferation and interracial violence, and has 100 numbered chapters varying in length from a single syllable to several pages in length The Sheep Look Up 1972 depicts ecological catastrophe in America Brunner is credited with coining the term worm and predicting the emergence of computer viruses in his 1975 novel The Shockwave Rider , in which he used the term to describe software which reproduces itself across a computer network Together with Stand on Zanzibar , these novels have been called the Club of Rome Quartet , named after the Club of Rome whose 1972 report The Limits to Growth warned of the dire effects of overpopulation.Brunner s pen names include K H Brunner, Gill Hunt, John Loxmith, Trevor Staines, Ellis Quick, Henry Crosstrees Jr and Keith Woodcott.In addition to his fiction, Brunner wrote poetry and many unpaid articles in a variety of publications, particularly fanzines, but also 13 letters to the New Scientist and an article about the educational relevance of science fiction in Physics Education Brunner was an active member of the organisation Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and wrote the words to The H Bomb s Thunder , which was sung on the Aldermaston Marches.Brunner had an uneasy relationship with British new wave writers, who often considered him too American in his settings and themes He attempted to shift to a mainstream readership in the early 1980s, without success Before his death, most of his books had fallen out of print Brunner accused publishers of a conspiracy against him, although he was difficult to deal with his wife had handled his publishing relations before she died 2 Brunner s health began to decline in the 1980s and worsened with the death of his wife in 1986 He remarried, to Li Yi Tan, on 27 September 1991 He died of a heart attack in Glasgow on 25 August 1995, while attending the World Science Fiction Convention thereakaK H Brunner, Henry Crosstrees Jr, Gill Hunt with Dennis Hughes and E C Tubb , John Loxmith, Trevor Staines, Keith WoodcottWinner of the ESFS Awards in 1980 as Best Author and 1n 1984 as Novelist


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    1. Like any short story collection, some just didn t work for me, but the consistency of the last batch of stories really raised this from a 3 to 4 stars for me Brunner obviously had a great imagination, and a great way with words If you can just breeze pasts the Galactic Reports, which were interesting but not terribly effective, there s some great, well written stories in here.

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    2. Great story collection by an author widely known for his many novels.

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