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Jad Smith

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780252037337

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252037337.001.0001

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Raising the Noise Level, 1951–66

Raising the Noise Level, 1951–66

(p.17) Chapter 1 Raising the Noise Level, 1951–66
John Brunner

Jad Smith

University of Illinois Press

This chapter details the early life of John Brunner. Brunner had first meaningful encounter with science fiction (SF) when grandfather's rare 1898 Heinemann edition of H. G. Wells' The War of the Worlds (1898) ended up misshelved in his playroom. At six and a half years old, Brunner read it, adorned its endpapers with Martian fighting-machines, and that was that. By nine, Brunner was a full-fledged SF addict. During his final term at Cheltenham College in the fall of 1951, Brunner's first printed story appeared alongside fiction by A. Bertram Chandler, Kenneth Bulmer, and Manly Banister in Walt Willis' celebrated fanzine Slant. Though only a page long, “The Watchers” (1951) leaves little doubt that the seventeen-year-old Brunner began his career as a devoted idealist. In April 1966, Brunner became the first recipient of the British Science Fiction Association's Fantasy Award.

Keywords:   John Brunner, science fiction authors, science fiction writers, H. G. Wells, British Science Fiction Association

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