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Entry to Elsewhen

3.37  ·  Rating details ·  71 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Contains three separate stories about military domination and about deliberate suppression of initiative within oppressed populations.

Host Age: How do you defeat an extra-terrestrial Terminator?

Lung Fish: A spaceship's crew learns the limitations of psychological manipulation.

No Other Gods But Me: Good will and genetic serendipity battle a conqueror's bravado.
Paperback, 172 pages
Published February 28th 1975 by DAW Books (first published 1972)
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Review: Brunner took three of his novelettes originally published in science fiction magazines in the 1950s, revised them, and published them in this book. The three stories are completely separate and distinct from each other. One unifying theme was that of psychiatry as an exact science (!)
Host Age • (1956) • novelette
Our hero-physician treats victims of a new Plague, in between searching for a cure.
Lungfish • (1957) • novelette
A Generation Ship originating from Earth nears its destination.
Sep 16, 2013 rated it liked it
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by tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE - September 16, 2013

This is one of those bks that I mostly read for fun & that I have very little to say about. Brunner being my new favorite SF author I'm still in the process of 'discovering' him. These 3 novellas or short stories or whatever are the earliest writings I've read by Brunner yet. Brunner was born in 1934, "Host Age" "first appeared in New Worlds SF, copyright 1955"; "No Other Gods But Me" "first
Matthew Reads Junk
The first two stories were exceptional. The middle one about a generational gap among life-ship crewmembers is a great idea that should really be expanded into a full novel. The first story is an interesting time-travel twist, and the third one is just a confusing mix of pseudo-psychic garbage.
Mark Muckerman
I'm sorry, but I just can't recommend this one. At $0.70 in the used book bin it was a hell of a deal, but overall the book falls short of true enjoyment.

For the sake of nostalgia, and recognizing that this book is a collection of 3 novellas or short stories written WAY back in the day, the stories are good, if predictably formulaic for the SF of the era.

Unfortunately, like so many stories emerging in that era, this one doesn't stand the test of time and technology well. However, I can forgive
Jul 27, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Three short novels by the late John Brunner. Challenging and imaginative sf as always.
Erik Graff
Sep 14, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Brunner fans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: sf
A collection of three pieces by one of my favorite science fiction writers.
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Grade B. Short novel.
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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