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John Brunner SF Gateway Omnibus: The Sheep Look Up, The Shockwave Rider, The Traveller in Black (Sf Gateway Library) Paperback – 17 Jul 2014

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  • Paperback: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Gateway (17 July 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575101881
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575101883
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 3.9 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 355,782 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An SF Gateway Omnibus featuring three classic works from John Brunner.

About the Author

John Brunner (1934-1995) was a prolific British SF writer. In 1951, he published his first novel, GALACTIC STORM, at the age of just 17, and went on to write dozens of novels under his own and various house names until his death in 1995 at the Glasgow Worldcon. He won the HUGO AWARD and the BRITISH SCIENCE FICTION AWARD for STAND ON ZANZIBAR (a regular contender for the 'best SF novel of all time') and the BRITISH SCIENCE FICTION AWARD for THE JAGGED ORBIT.


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Three of Brunner's best books - The Sheep Look Up, The Shockwave Rider, and The Traveller in Black. Sheep (1972) is a dystopian novel, which followed Brunner's ground-breaking and Hugo-Award-winning Stand on Zanzibar (1968; overpopulation) and his The Jagged Orbit (1969; weapon proliferation), and depicts ecological catastrophe in stark terms. Brunner's vision had been darkening throughout the 1960s, from the adventurous and often playful early works for Ace, through increasingly complex and charactered novels such as The Squares of the City and Quicksand. The irony and intelligence of those books seemed to many to be exhausted by the time of Zanzibar and Sheep, and Brunner's output slowed to a trickle. The Shockwave Rider (1975), an absolutely prescient book about computer networks (Brunner coined the word 'worm' in this book) was the last book before Brunner stopped writing for half-a-decade due to, it was said, incorrect medication. The Traveller in Black (1971) collects four of Brunner's rare fantasy stories, in this case of 'The Traveler in Black', a mysterious and powerful agent who exists on the edge of Order and Chaos; told over centuries, Order is gaining the upper hand, though it does at times need a little help. Ironic, insightful, and beautifully written, they are among his best work. (He would write one later story, which would go on to be included in the revised, The Compleat Traveller in Black). Brunner is a great author, whose works are difficult to find today - this omnibus, containing three of his best works, are a great introduction.
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