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John Brunner

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This is a brief discussion of John Brunner and, of course, of some speculative-fiction books by Brunner.

This discussion and list does not necessarily include every book by Brunner: it includes only those books that I both know and like. Just as with the author list itself, omission of a particular item may mean I didn’t think highly enough of the omitted item, or it may simply mean that I have not yet sufficient familiarity with it. (In a very few cases, I have listed some books merely on the strength of my opinion of the author: all such books are clearly marked below, as throughout these lists, with a hash mark (#) before the title so you know what’s what.)

I don’t pretend that this discussion is a deep analysis. My intent is no more than to give you a rough idea of what kinds of tales Brunner tells, how those tales are usually told, and what makes them and Brunner worthy; in sum, to help you rank John Brunner (and the works by Brunner listed here) on your personal literary “to do” list.

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This page has not been updated in a long while; consequently, external links (if any) may lead to dead or moribund pages. I am now cleaning up these pages as fast as I can, but I am one man and it may take me a while to get to every page needing link checking (or even the “Other Resources” section added). Sorry. Please be patient.

A Few Words About John Brunner

Regrettably, I have not yet had an opportunity to write an essay on this author, but the "Other Resources" section below will lead you to some information about the "Notable Books" listed farther down this page.

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Other John Brunner Resources

There is no dedicated web site, and though the individual Brunner-related pages are many, those with critically relevant content are few. Here are what sem the most useful: John Brunner's Dystopias: Heroic Man in Unheroic Society, by Stephen H. Goldman, from Science Fiction Studies, Volume 5, Part 3--a critical review; Careers: John Brunner, a thoughtful overview of Brunner's writerly career by Ed Gorman; The John Brunner Archive at the Archives Hub, with a decent overview of Brunner's life and career; John Brunner - obituary, a short but useful appreciation of Brunner by David Langford at the Ansible; Dani Zweig's Belated Reviews #9: John Brunner provides sensible comment on Brunner's career and several of his major works; and Heroes of Cyberspace: John Brunner by Charles A. Gimon is another tribute to and overview of Brunner's work.

For those who would like somewhat more detailed examinations of Brunner works, here are a few reviews of individual books; regrettably, reviews tend mostly to be little more than plot rundowns, but here are some anyway: Players at the Game of People at SF Reviews; an sffworld review of Shockwave Rider; an sffworld review of The Sheep Look Up; a review of The Compleat Traveller in Black; a review of The Long Result; Stand on Zanzibar reviewed at the SFF Site; and The Jagged Orbit reviewed at the SFF Site

Notable Science-Fiction and Fantasy Books by John Brunner ***

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