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No Future In It

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Short Story collection:

No Future in It (1955)
Puzzle for Spacemen (1955)
Fair (1956)
The Windows of Heaven (1956)
Out of Order (1957)
Elected Silence (1962)
Badman (1960)
Report on the Nature of the Lunar Surface (1960)
The Iron Jackass (1962)
Protect Me from My Friends (1962)
Stimulus (1962)
Paperback, 190 pages
Published by Curtis Books (first published 1962)
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tENTATIVELY, cONVENIENCE
Oct 18, 2014 rated it liked it
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by tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE - October 17, 2014

This is the last of the 4 Brunner short story compilations I had lying around to be read. It has work from 1955 to 1962 - written roughly when Brunner was ages 20 to 27. It's precocious, imaginative, varied, solidly written - but, still, for Brunner, a tad underdeveloped.

The 'worst' Space Opera SF writer 'type' might write an adventure story that's a typical hero's journey about a young astronaut being thr
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CRAB
Oct 27, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The windows of heaven is a mysterious short sci fi story about destruction and glorious rebirth with images of genesis. Good read.
Patrick
Apr 07, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A yellowing paperback I picked at random from my dad's old collection of new wave sci-fi, this is a mixed bag of stories all based on what we might now call speculative fiction.

It's nothing special. The ideas themselves are interesting enough, but Brunner's style is heavy with senseless exposition and meandering dialogue. He just can't seem to find a way through to an idea without bludgeoning it to death with the necessity of plot and character; in that sense, the book reminded me of Nevil Shut
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Zantaeus Glom
John Brunner writes a mean sf short story, and I would certainly have rated this fine collection a little higher if the stories therein were a little more eclectic in nature. Unlike Sturgeon, or Shaw; Brunner generally keeps the tone pure sf; damn good sf I might add; but my personal preference is for short fiction festooned with a little more variety, and more than a dash of the phantasmagorical. That said, there are some real crackers in here; many of them are palpably agitprop in nature, whic ...more
Charles Harrison
Starting a new Brunner collection is always a risk. Will it be brilliant or terrible? Will it be so grim it will make me depressed. This one really surprised me, Brunner kept throwing up these dark timelines and then played the bait and switch with a positive ending which was decidedly unexpected. There are also some really funny stories in there. What ultimately got this a 5 star rating from me is the purity of the science fiction. All of the stories are true explorations of science whether it ...more
Robert Negut
Dec 31, 2012 rated it liked it
It's a collection of short stories, so not much to it, as I don't take well to this sort of thing. But there are some interesting ideas in here, some of which are still just as relevant. ...more
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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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