(U.K., 9/24/1934- ) Brunner, John (Kilian Houston)
Del Rey Books has been publishing John Brunner since its founding in the late
70s, and we are saddened by his passing last week at WorldCon in Glasgow. I
took over editing Brunner in the late 80s, having loved his books for years.
John was an incredibly talented writer and an exacting author. He wrote science
fiction in a classic style. His view of the future was not a rosy one; his stories
often foretold the dangers of the short-sighted uses to which technology is
put, sounding a warning to us all that while technology can enhance human life
in wonderful ways, there is another, darker side to technology and a price to
be paid for technological advancement.
In recent years, John had often told me that he found it difficult to write
stories set out in the wide reaches of the galaxy because he couldn't see how
humanity could ever get there. But earlier this summer I had lunch with John
and his wife in New York, and John seemed slightly more hopeful than he had
been before as we tossed around ideas for a new Brunner epic. It is a shame
that we'll now never learn what wonderful new worlds John might have imagined,
or have the pleasure of reading about them in John's unique prose.
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Last Revised: November 2005.