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In an infinity of parallel worlds, many are the inventions which would paralyze less advanced worlds. One such invention was the one the noted physician Jome Kenard used to restore life & senses to the injured beauty Allyn Vage.
His strange machine had been imported from a seemingly primitive people on the world of Akkilmar. It worked, but its workings were
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Mass Market Paperback, Ace #52400, 155 pages
Published February 1969 by Ace Books (first published 1961)
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Derek
Jul 18, 2014 rated it did not like it
The story's crystallizing moment tries to be a phildickian game changer, making the reader question everything before, but instead is its greatest failure.

The book starts with some truly silly blank verse and then launches into a rocketing jumble of plot and social conflict wrapped around a central theme: traffic and mercantilism among parallel Earths, and the resulting robber-baron plutocracy. It's a technothriller that throws the reader into the deep end (Who is Tacket? What is a 'franchise'?
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Jenelle
Jan 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
I've been reading a lot of old science fiction lately...and this book? It was a strange one...
Parallel worlds? Cool! A crazy future government? Cool! Throwing me into a story with random characters loosely connected and then weaving a crap ton of intrigue into the plot line? Uhhhh sure? I guess?

This book was really scattered and not what I expected. I guess I thought there was gonna be more use of the parallel worlds rather than discussion on it? The beginning of the book speaks of clock hands
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Kent
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
This isn't one of his best novels for sure, but it's alright. Brunner seems to have a thing for portal/dimensional travel type stories. This one is about an Earth that uses portals to trade with other worlds. A disease that came from another world has decimated the population and the big powers are the franchises that run these portals. The main action has little to do with using these portals. It is a mystery type story where the main characters are trying to hunt down a man with connections to ...more
tENTATIVELY, cONVENIENCE
Nov 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
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by tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE - November 27, 2013

This is the 25th bk I've read by Brunner (if I count Ace Doubles as 2 bks) & reading his work still brings me a great deal of pleasure & stimulation. As is often the case w/ SF, the notes I took for this review were minimal since what I mostly wd've written about wd've been plot elements that I often avoid referring to to avoid spoilers.

It's interesting for me to note slight differences
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Larou
This is an early novel by John Brunner (first published in 1961) and it has been all but eclipsed by his later work – rather regrettably so, as this is well worth reading, not just as juvenilia that paved the way for greater things, but as an excellent novel in its own right.[return][return]Meeting at Infinity starts off very much at the deep end, with a prologue written in rhythmically accented, suggestive prose that shoots a barrage of names and concepts at the reader none of which are in the ...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