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Out Of My Mind

3.51  ·  Rating details ·  39 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Paperback, First edition U5064, 220 pages
Published February 1967 by Ballantine Books, Inc. (first published 1967)
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Sep 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
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by tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE - September 25, 2014

I recently reviewed the 1st collection of Brunner short stories that I've read & I was very pleased w/ it: From This Day Forward ( ). In that review I noted that "I usually avoid reading short stories" so I've put off reading the Brunner ones by relegating them to near the bottom of Brunners-I-have-lying-around-to-be-read pile. So
Apr 23, 2015 rated it it was ok
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I want to like Brunner more than I do. The first book of his I read, Time-jump, was a collection of short stories interspersed with consumer reports reviewing various future technologies such as time travel machines and wish-granting machines. It was darkly comic satire, spot-on, delightful, and brilliant. However, as I read other works of his--such as the overrated The Compleat Traveller in Black--I've begun to notice that not only do his politics drive the story, but his characterization tends ...more
Oct 24, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I like this Brunner guy. This is the second book of short stories I've read and they didn't disappoint me. Though classified as 'classic science fiction' there was little science to it... I'd just call it classic fiction. Obviously Brunner was a jazz fan. Many of the short stories were about jazz players. 'When Gabriel...' was a pretty cool story. This jazz cat ends up with a trumpet that has special abilities. Lucky for him the owner came to relieve him of it.

Some of the stories bordered on hor
Aug 29, 2020 rated it liked it
These stories are from the mid-1950s to mid-1960s (mostly 1960 and later), so they were written before Brunner's literary ambitions really blossomed. Unsurprisingly, therefore, these are, with perhaps one or two exceptions, at best competent Sf or Fantasy stories. Many are badly dated (e.g. "The Totally Rich," in which a woman commits suicide because she won't be able to stay beautiful long enough to still be a beauty when her dead love is brought back to life). The most egregious clanger is thi ...more
A pretty good short collection of Brunner's writing in the early sixties ...more
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Strong collection by a writer that, in my opinion, needs to be rediscovered.
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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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