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John Brunner


The Best of John Brunner

Ballantine's Classic Library of Science Fiction: Book 22

John Brunner

For over thirty years, Hugo Award-winning author John Brunner has written science fiction that stands as a shining example of imagination and innovation of thought and form. Here are more than 15 stories that cover the full range of Brunner's writing, from the profound and sublime to the whimsical, in the best tradition of speculative fiction.

The Last Lonely Man: In a world without fear of death, no one had to be alone... except the man who took friendship a step too far.

An Elixir for the Emperor: It was an ingenious ploy in Roman politics...until Caesar actually got what he asked for!

The Totally Rich: Their wealth could buy anything imaginable, except what their hearts most desired...

What Friends Are For: He was the best designed child money could buy - and every parent's nightmare. But then he found a friend...

...and lots more!

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction: The Brunner Mosaic - essay by Joe Haldeman
  • The Totally Rich - (1963) - novelette
  • The Last Lonely Man - (1964) - shortstory
  • Galactic Consumer Report No. 1: Inexpensive Time Machines - (1965) - shortstory
  • Fair - (1956) - shortstory
  • Such Stuff - (1962) - shortstory
  • Galactic Consumer Report No. 2: Automatic Twin-Tube Wishing Machines - (1966) - shortstory
  • Tracking with Close-ups (21) and (23) (excerpt) - shortfiction
  • X-Hero - (1980) - shortstory
  • No Future in It - (1955) - shortstory
  • Galactic Consumer Report No. 3: A Survey of the Membership - (1967) - shortstory
  • What Friends Are For - (1974) - shortstory
  • The Taste of the Dish and the Savor of the Day - (1977) - novelette
  • Galactic Consumer Report No. 4: Thing-of-the-Month Clubs - (1969) - shortstory
  • The Man Who Saw the Thousand-Year Reich - (1981) - novelette
  • An Elixir for the Emperor - (1964) - novelette
  • The Suicide of Man - (1978) - novelette
  • The Vitanuls - (1967) - shortstory

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