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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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Fierce Speculation, 1967–75

Fierce Speculation, 1967–75

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(p.51) Chapter 2 Fierce Speculation, 1967–75
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John Brunner
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Jad Smith

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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252037337.003.0003

This chapter focuses on John Brunner's works from 1967 to 1975. These include Quicksand (1967), which garnered testy and argumentative reviews; Zanzibar (1968), which went on to garner Nebula and Hugo nominations; The Sheep Look Up (1972), his darkest novel set in the United States as it enters its “third century” as a nation; and The Shockwave Rider (1975), which Brunner described as convenient “shorthand” for dealing with the vicissitudes of the human mind. Brunner also contributed five columns on assorted topics to Science Fiction Review between December 1969 and March 1971. By the mid-1970s, Brunner largely dropped out of view and stopped writing science fiction.

Keywords:   John Brunner, science fiction authors, science fiction writers, science fiction novels, Quicksand, Zanzibar, The Sheep Look Up, The Shockwave Rider

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