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The Productions of Time

3.20  ·  Rating details ·  97 ratings  ·  10 reviews
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"Masses of meaningless wire.
Seeing-eye TV sets.
Hidden tape recorders spinning
Subliminal suggestions.

"With each discovery, Murray Douglas' alarm grows. But it doesn't seem to affect the others.

"It's just Delgado's way, they say. He's an oddball genius who has concocted his own method of writing and directing a play. All we want is an opportunity to
Paperback, 139 pages
Published February 1967 by Signet Books (first published 1966)
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Ubik 2.0
Mar 01, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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I have no idea why the summary for this book is in French, but it certainly tells us how well-regarded and important this book is in John Brunner's oeuvre: not very.

I picked this 1977 Daw paperback at a booksale where someone had clearly decided to get rid of all of their Brunner. I grabbed the whole collection, 25 cents a pop. And this 1966 book, years later, is the first that I am reading of that haul. And...

Look, John Brunner wrote one of the most amazing books I've read, Stand on Zanzibar,
Love of Hopeless Causes
Aug 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
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This is the 11th Brunner bk I've read & I'm lovin' it! The Sheep Look Up is the one that completely convinced me of his genius (my complete review of that is here: ) so now I feel fairly uninhibited in my enthusiasm. The Productions of Time mostly proceeds along as a somewhat lurid tale of a purported Argentine expatriate avant-garde theater director &
Andrew Gibbs
A bit different for Brunner but not one of his best. For most of the length it reads more like a physiological thriller with a bit of a twist at the end. I highly recommend The sheep look up, Stand on Zanzibar and Jagged orbit by Brunner, this one not so much.
Phil Kozel
May 20, 2019 rated it liked it
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Quick and kinda creepy read. A bunch of troubled thespians gathered at an old countryside resort to make a new play, but things are not what they seem.
Brian Clegg
Aug 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I occasionally like to revisit books I've read before, and recently picked up a title from my shelf by an author that seems to have almost disappeared from the collective memory of science fiction - John Brunner.

When I was in my teens and early twenties, Brunner was everywhere in the SF bookshops. He was a prolific author, and frankly some of his books were poor rushed jobs. But his best were excellent, and deserve to be remembered.

His most famous title is probably Stand on Zanzibar - not one of
Jul 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Creepy Sci-fi. Set outside London on a beautiful country estate, possibly bought from a wealthy private club, a playwright and director begin to guide a group of misfit actors into writing their own parts in an avante garde play. The play was produced in Argentina and Paris and was wildly successful, except some of the actors went crazy. Brunner raises your paranoia with a subtle hand - the servants don't seem to make a sound when they walk across the gravel driveway, and each actor seems to ...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 ...more