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Age of Miracles

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In Age of Miracles Brunner confronts his characters with an alien transportation system produced by unknown creatures clearly superior in knowledge & application of science. While human characters do learn to make some limited use of the system, their position at the end is comparable to that of rats on a sea-going ship, &, as the characters themselves indicate, th ...more
Paperback, 238 pages
Published March 10th 1985 by DAW Books, Inc. (first published 1965)
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by tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE - October 23, 2014

I didn't start reading anything by Brunner until February of 2013. The 1st bk of his I read being The World Swappers (my review's here: ). In the summer of the same yr I went to Frederick, MD, to go to Wonder Books. I went prepared with a list of the 9 Brunner bks I had (all of wch I'd read by then) so that I cd get every Brunner bk that they had that I didn't alread
Steve Wasling
May 29, 2014 Steve Wasling rated it it was ok
As the second John Brunner book I've read, I think Age of Miracles has made me realise that I like what he writes about far more than the way he writes. Although the way people talk and their attitudes rather badly dates this story, the sense of the aliens power and strangeness still comes across very well, as does the sense that they pay about as much attention to us as we do to insects.

As in the other Brunner book I've read (The Sheep Look Up), I've found myself utterly unable to remember who
Aug 07, 2015 Keith rated it liked it
This seems like something of a step backward from literature to pulp coming in the wake of Zanzibar and Sheep, though he makes up for the arguable misstep with Shockwave a couple years later. Still, it's amusing enough, with a bit of mystery at play, and even some police procedural elements, with a dash of international intrigue, and hits again on some of his then-current themes, including the perennial nuclear threat. Not formula by any stretch, but not brilliant either.
Natasha Hurley-Walker
Jan 26, 2013 Natasha Hurley-Walker rated it it was ok
Reminded me of The Chronoliths,but was even more underwhelming. The characters are one-dimensional, except for the women, who are point-like objects (radio astronomy joke, ho ho). I much prefer Brunner's later, anthropo-apocalyptic stories such as The Sheep Look Up and Stand on Zanzibar.
Dec 20, 2010 Peter rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, read-in-2010
I find Brunner novels to be a bit more optimistic about the future than some other novels of the same period. This one though has a somewhat more dreary tone than his other novels. Mysterious alien 'cities' appear in five locations throughout the world, causing havoc and the usual xenophobia. Should man respond with violence or peace? He ties up the story in an interesting way, with a little more action than usual, but the overall tone is pessimistic. He does include his usual emphasis on themes ...more
Erik Graff
Aug 02, 2009 Erik Graff rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Brunner fans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: sf
As ever, John Brunner's books reflect a greater social and ethical consciousness than is found in most science fiction and, so, are generally superior as regards meaning and relevance.
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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 Ro ...more
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