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From This Day Forward

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"One of the most important science fiction authors. Brunner held a mirror up to reflect our foibles because he wanted to save us from ourselves."
--SF Site

For each generation, there is a writer meant to bend the rules of what we know. Hugo Award winner (Best Novel, STAND ON ZANZIBAR) and British science fiction master John Brunner remains one of the most influential and r
Published 1972 by Doubleday
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Sep 11, 2014 tENTATIVELY, cONVENIENCE rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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by tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE - September 10, 2014

As I'm sure I've already written elsewhere I usually avoid reading short stories, I prefer novels - &, yet, obviously, the short story form typically involves a striking idea presented tautly, leading to an impactful conclusion - & Brunner, I've now discovered, is as expert at it as J. G. Ballard & C. W. Kornbluth - high praise from me, indeed! [How was that for a sentence full of qualif
Jan 19, 2014 Kelly rated it liked it
‘From This Day Forward’ (1972) collects thirteen stories by prolific British writer, John Brunner. A lot of speculative short stories have a slight whiff of horror to them. The cover of my copy suggests the stories within are no exception, it features the calendar page for Friday the 13th.

I snatched this book out of the donation bin at my local library when I saw the name on the spine. I’d recently read through an anthology of short stories and had enjoyed John Brunner’s entry as well as the in
The dust jacket cover describes the characters in these stories as people for whom the future “suddenly happens”. That’s an excellent description. Real people abruptly fall into unreal dilemmas, dilemmas for which there are no easy or pleasant solutions. The future is full of tricks, traps or pitfalls. Even when you think you know what’s going to happen or that you’ve figured out the game, an invisible confidence man pulls out the ace he had up his sleeve. This collection of Mr. Brunner’s storie ...more
John Brunner is one of those authors that I should read more of; I first heard of his novel "The Sheep Look Up" during a mad rush of dystopian fiction, and after that, read several of his other novels. "Sheep" remains my favourite thus far, though this story collection is delightfully creepy. The stories address themes that recur throughout science fiction, including the elixir of life, foresight and prophecy, robots as gods, and the evolution of humankind, often in a gritty, urban, near future ...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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