John Brunner Books In Order

Publication Order of Empire Books

Castaway's World (1963) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Space-Time Juggler (1963) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Altar on Asconel (1965) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Max Curfew Books

A Plague on Both Your Causes (1969) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Good Men Do Nothing (1970) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Honky in the Woodpile (1971) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Brink (1959) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Catch a Falling Star (1959) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Echo in the Skull (1959) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The World Swappers (1959) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Atlantic Abomination (1960) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sanctuary in the Sky (1960) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Skynappers (1960) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Slavers of Space (1960) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
I Speak for Earth (1961) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Meeting at Infinity (1961) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Ladder in the Sky (1962) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Listen! The Stars! (1962) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Secret Agent of Terra (1962) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Super Barbarians (1962) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Times without Number (1962) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Astronauts Must Not Land (1963) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Dreaming Earth (1963) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Psionic Menace (1963) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Rites of Ohe (1963) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Crutch of Memory (1964) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Endless Shadow (1964) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
To Conquer Chaos (1964) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Whole Man (1964) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Day of the Star Cities (1965) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Enigma from Tantalus (1965) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Long Result (1965) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Martian Sphinx (1965) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Repairmen of Cyclops (1965) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Squares of the City (1965) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Wear the Butchers' Medal (1965) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Planet of Your Own (1966) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Born Under Mars (1967) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Productions of Time (1967) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Quicksand (1967) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bedlam Planet (1968) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Stand on Zanzibar (1968) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Black Is the Colour (1969) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Double, Double (1969) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Jagged Orbit (1969) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Timescoop (1969) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Devil's Work (1970) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Gaudy Shadows (1970) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Wrong End of Time (1971) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Dramaturges of Yan (1972) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Sheep Look Up (1972) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Stone That Never Came Down (1973) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Total Eclipse (1974) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Web of Everywhere (1974) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Shockwave Rider (1975) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Infinitive of Go (1980) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Players at the Game of People (1980) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
While There's Hope (1982) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Great Steamboat Race (1983) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Crucible of Time (1983) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Tides of Time (1984) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Shift Key (1987) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Days of March (1988) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Children of the Thunder (1988) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Maze of Stars (1991) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Muddle Earth (1993) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Threshold of Eternity - The Novel (2017) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Collections

No Future in It (1962) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Now Then! (1965) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
No Other Gods But Me (1966) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Out of My Mind (1967) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Father of Lies / Mirror Image (1968) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Not Before Time (1968) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Traveler in Black (1971) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Entry to Elsewhen (1972) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Time-Jump (1973) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
From This Day Forward (1973) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Book of John Brunner (1976) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tomorrow May Be Even Worse (1978) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Foreign Constellations (1980) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A New Settlement of Old Scores (1983) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best of John Brunner (1988) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Children of the Thunder / The Tides of Time / The Crucible of Time (1995) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Man Who Was Secrett (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Chapbooks

A Case of Painter's Ear (1998) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

Threshold of Eternity (1959) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

John Brunner was a renowned British novelist of science fiction, thriller, and fantasy novels. He has written a number of successful standalone novels in the science fiction/fantasy genre. Brunner has also written several spy fiction stories, short story collections, poetry, non-genre, pornography, and translation works. Some of the notable works of author Brunner include The Sheep Look Up, Stand on Zanzibar, The Jagged Orbit, The Shockwave Rider, etc. He is the winner of the 1969 Hugo Award for his 1968 book called Stand on Zanzibar. Brunner also won the BSFA award for the same book in the same year. His novel, The Jagged Orbit, also won the 1970 BSFA award. Brunner was born as John Kilian Houston Brunner on September 24, 1934, in Preston Crowmarch, Wallingford Oxfordshire, United Kingdom. He did his schooling from St. Andrew’s Prep School in Pangbourne and completed his college studies from Cheltenham College.

Brunner penned his first book at the age of 17 and named it Galactic Storm. This book was published under the pseudonym of Gill Hunt. Brunner did not attempt to write on a full-time basis until 1958, a few years after leaving the military service. For two years between 1953 and 1955, he was employed in the RAF. Brunner married Marjorie R. Sauer in 1958. During the earlier days of his career, Brunner did not have an easy relationship with the new wave writers of the UK. He was often considered too American by them due to his themes and settings. Brunner tried to shift his readership to a more mainstream medium during the early 80s, but did not achieve any success in it. Before Brunner’s death in 1995, a lot of his books had gone out of print. He claimed that it was a conspiracy of the publishers against him. However, this accusation was not taken seriously as most of the people who knew him well were aware that he was a difficult man to deal with. Brunner’s wife, Marjorie Brunner, used to handle his publishing relations until her death.

In the 1980s, Brunner’s health started to deteriorate and worsened after the death of Marjorie in 1986. In 1991, Brunner married for the second time and took Li Yi Tan as his second wife. Brunner’s death occurred on August 25, 1995, in Glasgow, Scotland due to a heart attack. He has gone there to attend the WSFC. He had initially started his career by writing conventional stories of space opera. Later, he started experimenting with full-length novels. The Zanzibar novel is written in the fragmented organizational writing style that was created by an American writer named John Dos Passos. Brunner went a step ahead and updated the style with the theory of media that was popularized by Marshall McLuhan, a reputed Canadian academic and major cultural figure. Author Brunner is given the credit of coming up with the term ‘worm’ and for also giving the correct prediction of computer viruses’ emergence.

In his 1975 book called The Shockwave Rider, Brunner has used the term ‘worm’ for describing software that reproduces themselves across a network. His work in this novel is also credited for giving insights about several modern developments like online encyclopedias, cannabis legalization, genetic engineering, viagra development, same-sex marriage, etc. Throughout the course of his writing career, Brunner used multiple pen names for publishing his books. Some of the prominent ones include John Loxmith, Ellis Quick, K.H. Brunner, Keith Woodcott, Gill Hunt, Trevor Staines, Kilian Houston Brunner, and Henry Crosstrees Jr. Other than writing fiction, he wrote poetry. His numerous unpaid articles have been published in various magazines. He was a member of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament organization. Brunner was a translator, linguist, and the Chief Guest at the debut European Convention of Science Fiction called Eurocoon-1, held in 1972 in Trieste. Amicus Productions had hired him for writing the screenplay of their 1967 science fiction movie called The Terrornauts. A couple of short stories penned by Brunner have been adapted into TV plays and broadcast on BBC.

A successful book written by author John Brunner is the 1965 Hugo Award-nominated novel entitled ‘The Whole Man’. It was released in 1964 by Collier Books. This book revolves around the life of the central character named Gerald Howson. Initially, it is depicted that Gerald Howson didn’t appear to be a normal man. He had a birth deformity that had left him with an ugly face and crippled legs. People hated his presence and did not like to look at his face. However, Gerald possessed the rare gift of being able to receive and send powerful thoughts. At first, he thought that the unique ability was quite odd and decided to use it to earn some money with its use. Later, when his ability was discovered by others, Gerald became so much powerful that he could heal people suffering from terrible psychological or emotional trauma. Gerald was also able to move into a phantasmagoric world filled with psychic imagining and return to the world of normal humans as per his own wish. Whatever decision Gerald Howson would make, the lives of numerous people around him and his own would get changed forever.

Another exciting book of Brunner’s career is called ‘The Jagged Orbit’. It was originally published in 1969 and re-released in 2000 by Victor Gollancz publication. The primary character of this novel is Matthew Flamen. Initially, Matthew is introduced as the last spoolpigeon of his network. He is desperately looking for a big story that would help him to keep his job and his audience. Matthew does not have any shortage of expected possibilities. He learns that the Gottschalk cartel is looking to sell their armaments. This makes it sure that the X Patriots are brewing something big. Also, a deadly revolutionary from Britain is about to get the permit to enter the United States. Another story that comes to Matthew Flamen’s attention is that of a New York-based Mental Hospital’s Director being a charlatan. This novel provides a scathing and brilliant vision of a society set on the path of disintegration under the influence of drugs, corruption, and violence. It went on to achieve a lot of success in many parts of the world. The novel was also nominated for the prestigious Nebula Award in 1969 and a BSFA in 1970.


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