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John Brunner

(John Kilian Houston Brunner)
UK (1934 - 1995)

aka K H Brunner, Henry Crosstrees Jr, Gill Hunt, John Loxmith, Trevor Staines, Keith Woodcott

The late John Brunner was perhaps as well known for much of his career in the US as in the UK. A leftwing activist, with particular connections to the peace movement, much of his best and most mature fiction is involved in a complex analysis of social trends and where they will take us--novels like Stand on Zanzibar which deals with overpopulation, among other things, and The Sheep Look Up, which is one of sf's most telling presentations of environmental degradation, are also technically innovative with their multiple viewpoint storylines, interspersed newspaper headlines and fragments of author characters' expository prose. The Shockwave Rider is more conventional in technique but was one of the first sf novels fully to understand the information technology revolution. Much of his early work for American publishers consisted of short, punchy space operas like The Altar on Asconel; these go down so smoothly, and show such mastery of genre tropes, that it is only in retrospect that the reader notices how suffused they are with a strong ethical content - these things do not have to be simplistic power fantasies for adolescents. A historical novel to which he gave much of his heart, The Great Steamboat Race, is delightful, and very hard to find.
 
Novels
The Brink (1959)
Catch a Falling Star (1959)
     aka The Hundredth Millennium
Echo in the Skull (1959)
     aka Give Warning to the World
Threshold of Eternity (1959)
The World Swappers (1959)
The Atlantic Abomination (1960)
Sanctuary in the Sky (1960)
The Skynappers (1960)
Slavers of Space (1960)
     aka Into the Slave Nebula
I Speak for Earth (1961) (as by Keith Woodcott)
Meeting at Infinity (1961)
The Ladder in the Sky (1962) (as by Keith Woodcott)
Listen! The Stars! (1962)
     aka The Stardroppers
Secret Agent of Terra (1962)
     aka The Avengers of Carrig
The Super Barbarians (1962)
Times without Number (1962)
The Astronauts Must Not Land (1963)
     aka More Things in Heaven
The Dreaming Earth (1963)
The Psionic Menace (1963) (as by Keith Woodcott)
The Rites of Ohe (1963)
The Crutch of Memory (1964)
Endless Shadow (1964)
     aka Manshape
To Conquer Chaos (1964)
The Whole Man (1964)
     aka Telepathist
The Day of the Star Cities (1965)
     aka Age of Miracles
Enigma from Tantalus (1965)
The Long Result (1965)
The Martian Sphinx (1965) (as by Keith Woodcott)
The Repairmen of Cyclops (1965)
The Squares of the City (1965)
Wear the Butchers' Medal (1965)
A Planet of Your Own (1966)
Born Under Mars (1967)
The Productions of Time (1967)
Quicksand (1967)
Bedlam Planet (1968)
Stand on Zanzibar (1968)
Black Is the Colour (1969)
Double, Double (1969)
The Incestuous Lovers (1969) (as by Henry Crosstrees Jr)
The Jagged Orbit (1969)
Timescoop (1969)
The Devil's Work (1970)
The Gaudy Shadows (1970)
The Wrong End of Time (1971)
The Dramaturges of Yan (1972)
The Sheep Look Up (1972)
The Stone That Never Came Down (1973)
Total Eclipse (1974)
Web of Everywhere (1974)
     aka Webs of Everywhere
The Shockwave Rider (1975)
The Infinitive of Go (1980)
Players at the Game of People (1980)
While There's Hope (1982)
The Great Steamboat Race (1983)
The Crucible of Time (1983)
The Tides of Time (1984)
The Shift Key (1987)
The Days of March (1988)
Children of the Thunder (1988)
A Maze of Stars (1991)
Muddle Earth (1993)
The BrinkCatch a Falling StarEcho in the SkullThreshold of Eternity
The World SwappersThe Atlantic AbominationSanctuary in the SkyThe Skynappers
Slavers of SpaceI Speak for EarthMeeting at InfinityThe Ladder in the Sky
Listen! The Stars!Secret Agent of TerraThe Super BarbariansTimes without Number
The Astronauts Must Not LandThe Dreaming EarthThe Psionic MenaceThe Rites of Ohe
Endless ShadowTo Conquer ChaosThe Whole ManThe Day of the Star Cities
Enigma from TantalusThe Long ResultThe Martian SphinxThe Repairmen of Cyclops
The Squares of the CityWear the Butchers' MedalA Planet of Your OwnBorn Under Mars
The Productions of TimeQuicksandBedlam PlanetStand on Zanzibar
Black Is the ColourDouble, DoubleThe Jagged OrbitTimescoop
The Devil's WorkThe Gaudy ShadowsThe Wrong End of TimeThe Dramaturges of Yan
The Sheep Look UpThe Stone That Never Came DownTotal EclipseWeb of Everywhere
The Shockwave RiderThe Infinitive of GoPlayers at the Game of PeopleWhile There's Hope
The Great Steamboat RaceThe Crucible of TimeThe Tides of TimeThe Shift Key
The Days of MarchChildren of the ThunderA Maze of StarsMuddle Earth
 
Omnibus
Rocket to Limbo / Echo in the SkullThe Evil That Men Do / The Purloined PlanetThree Trips in Time and SpaceVictims of the Nova: Avengers of Carrig / Polymath / Repairmen of Cyclops
Interstellar EmpireBeyond the Gate of WorldsSheep Look Up /  Shockwave Rider / Traveller in Black
 
Collections
No Future in ItNow Then!No Other Gods But MeOut of My Mind
Father of Lies / Mirror ImageNot Before TimeThe Traveler in BlackEntry to Elsewhen
Time-JumpFrom This Day ForwardThe Book of John BrunnerTomorrow May Be Even Worse
Foreign ConstellationsA New Settlement of Old ScoresThe Best of John BrunnerChildren of the Thunder / The Tides of Time / The Crucible of Time
The Man Who Was Secrett: And Other Stories
 
Chapbooks
A Case of Painter's Ear
 
Anthologies containing stories by John Brunner
Great Science Fiction AdventuresSpectrum 4Dangerous Visions 3New Worlds of Fantasy
More Tales of UneaseThe Witchcraft ReaderThe Penguin Science Fiction OmnibusFellowship of the Stars
New Terrors 2The Year's Best Fantasy Stories 6Fantasy Annual IIIThe Year's Best Fantasy First Annual Collection
Fine Frights: Stories That Scared MeDark Voices 2: The Pan Book of HorrorThe Year's Best Fantasy and Horror Fourth Annual CollectionDark Voices 4: The Pan Book of Horror
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror Sixth Annual CollectionBest New Horror 4The Giant Book of TerrorDark Voices 6: The Pan Book of Horror
The Mammoth Book of FrankensteinHeaven Sent: 18 Glorious Tales of the AngelsRuby Slippers, Golden TearsThe Best of Weird Tales
The Williamson EffectThe NecronomiconThe Horns of ElflandYear's Best SF 2
The Road to Science Fiction 5: The British WayTechnohorror: Tales of Terror, Suspense, and Intrigue
 
Short stories
A Better Mousetrap
Coincidence Day
Eye of the Beholder
Fair Warning
Imprint of Chaos
In the Season of the Dressing of the Wells
Prerogative
Protect Me from My Friends
Round Trip
Seizure
Singleminded
Some Lapse of Time
Thou Good and Faithful
Treason is a Two-Edged Sword
The Warp and the Woof-Woof
No Future in It [short story] (1955)
Fair (1956)
The Windows of Heaven (1956)
The Man from the Big Dark (1958)
All the Devils in Hell (1960)
Such Stuff (1962)
The Totally Rich (1963)
An Elixir for the Emperor (1964)
The Last Lonely Man (1964)
Galactic Consumer Report No. 1: Inexpensive Time Machines (1965)
Speech is Silver (1965)
Break the Door of Hell (1966)
Galactic Consumer Report No. 2: Automatic Twin-Tube Wishing Machines (1966)
Galactic Consumer Report No. 3: A Survey of the Membership (1967)
Judas (1967)
The Vitanuls (1967)
Dread Empire (1971)Hugo (nominee)
What Friends Are For (1974)
The Taste of the Dish and the Savor of the Day (1977)
The Suicide of Man (1978)
The Things That Are Gods (1979)
The Man Whose Eyes Beheld the Glory (1980)
The Fable of the Farmer and Fox (1987)
The Clerks of Domesday (1988)
Galactic Consumer Report No. 4 (1988)
The Man Who Saw the Thousand-Year Reich (1988)
Tracking with Close-Ups (21) and (23) (1988)
X-Hero (1988)
A Glimpse of Tomorrow (1989)
The Last Act in the Drama of World War II (1990)
Moths (1990)
The Pronounced Effect (1990)
Concerning the Forthcoming Inexpensive Paperback Translation of the Necronomicon of Abdul Alhazred (1992)
They Take (1992)
Not All the Gay Pageants (1993)
Tantamount to Murder (1994)
Written Backwards (1994)
The Emperor Who Had Never Seen a Dragon (1995)
Real Messengers (1995)
The Drummer and the Skins (1996)
Thinkertoy (1996)


Awards
Hugo Best Novel nominee (1965) : The Whole Man
Hugo Best Novel nominee (1966) : The Squares of the City
Hugo Best Novel winner (1969) : Stand on Zanzibar
Nebula Best Novel nominee (1969) : Stand on Zanzibar
Nebula Best Novel nominee (1970) : The Jagged Orbit
Hugo nominee (1972) : Dread Empire
Nebula Best Novel nominee (1973) : The Sheep Look Up


Books about John Brunner
The Happening Worlds of John Brunner (1976) by Joe De Bolt
John Brunner (1989) by Gordon Benson and Phil Stephensen-Payne
The Happening Worlds of John BrunnerJohn Brunner
 
John Brunner recommends
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (1968)
(Bladerunner, book 1)
Philip K Dick
"The most consistently brilliant science fiction writer in the world."



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