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SOME LAPSE OF TIME first appeared in Science Fantasy © 1963 by Nova Publications Ltd

IMPRINT OF CHAOS first appeared in Science Fantasy © 1960 by Nova Publications Ltd

THOU GOOD AND FAITHFUL first appeared (as by "John Loxmith") in Astounding Science Fiction © 1953 by Street & Smith Publications Ltd
Published 1965 by Mayflower Dell (first published 1963)
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Apr 29, 2014 rated it liked it
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"After a lot of discussion we arrived at the conclusion that, were someone to make a serious attempt at forecasting the events of the year 2000—political, social, technological—he would have to spend at least two years simply gathering facts before putting a word on paper; then during the 6 months the book would take to write, things would happen to invalidate his careful prophecies." - from Brunner's PREFACE, p vii
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Of the three stories, one is a time-travel story, one is sort of a parallel worlds story, and one is a space travel story. Of the three, the time-travel story felt the weakest, an anti-bomb story that might have made an okay Outer Limits episode.
The second story was from Brunner's Man in Black series of stories, which have always felt like the halfway point between Lord Dunsany and Roger Zelazny in tone and style. It was a good story about man and gods, and the potential for flawed interactions
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Shorter then normal but some good stories. The last one was a kicker...
Simon Hedge
Oct 27, 2009 rated it it was ok
Three novella length stories from early in Brunner's career.

"Some Lapse Of Time" is from 1963. It is an atempted twist on the time-travel story, but the twist is telegraphed from fairly early on. Britain, or at least Brunner, was obsessed with nuclear weapons tests at the time, with it being blamed for the congenital illness in the protagonists son and inaccuracies in carbon dating amongst other things. The story is ok, but the writing is a bit laboured. Feels like it gets bogged down a few time
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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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