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John Brunner

Fecha de nacimiento: 24. Septiembre 1934
Fecha de muerte: 25. Agosto 1995

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John Brunner, , escritor británico de ciencia ficción perteneciente al movimiento llamado Nueva Ola.

Sus obras suelen versar sobre un futuro inmediato narrado a través de múltiples personajes, centrando su interés más en la descripción de la sociedad imaginada que en las peripecias o aventuras de sus personajes. O más bien, lo que le ocurre a sus personajes siempre está enmarcado en un punto de vista sociológico.

Es este peculiar enfoque, ausente de elementos épicos o de una trama central evidente, el que le ha impedido convertirse en un autor de éxito. Sin embargo las historias de John Brunner siempre tienen un final que las dota de pleno sentido narrativo.

Sus mejores obras corresponden a la llamada "Trilogía del Desastre", especialmente Todos sobre Zanzíbar y El rebaño ciego, y a la novela El jinete de la onda de shock, una de las obras precursoras de la corriente cyberpunk, que se inspiró en el ensayo de Alvin Toffler El shock del futuro. Las obras posteriores se suelen considerar menores.

El jinete de la onda de shock, aparte de ser una de sus obras más conocidas, es un ejemplo perfecto de obra profética olvidada. Escrita en 1975, en ella se describe una sociedad construida alrededor de internet en la que existen gusanos y virus informáticos, tarjetas de crédito virtuales, técnicas de cifrado y anonimato y otros elementos novedosos que caracterizarán ya no sólo el cyberpunk, sino los tiempos actuales.

Por este y otros relatos se puede considerar a Brunner uno de los visionarios más profundos y acertados de la ciencia ficción de la segunda mitad del siglo XX.

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Frases John Brunner

„If you want to know what's shortly due for the guillotine look for the most obvious of all symptoms: extremism.“

—  John Brunner
Context: If you want to know what's shortly due for the guillotine look for the most obvious of all symptoms: extremism. It is an almost infallible sign — a kind of death-rattle — when a human institution is forced by its members into stressing those and only those factors which are identificatory, at the expense of others which it necessarily shares with competing institutions because human beings belong to all of them. context (12) "The Sociological Counterpart of Cheyne-Stokes Respiration" <!-- [Italics in source] -->

„Whatever my country and whatever my name
A gadget on the set makes me think the same.“

—  John Brunner
Context: Watching their sets in a kind of trance were people in Mexico, people in France. They don't chase Jones but the dreams are the same — Mr. and Mrs. Everywhere, that's the right name! Herr und Frau Uberall or les Partout, A gadget on the set makes them look like you. When the Everywhere couple crack a joke It's laughed at by all right-thinking folk. When the Everywhere couple adopt a pose It's the with-it view as everyone knows. It may be a rumor or it may be true But a gadget on the set has it said by you! "What do you think about Yatakang?" "I think the same as the Everywhere gang." "What do you think of Beninia then?" "The Everywheres will tell me but I don't know when." Whatever my country and whatever my name A gadget on the set makes me think the same. context (16) "Mr. & Mrs. Everywhere: Calypso (stanzas 2, 5, and 7) <!-- [Italics in source] -->

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„First you use machines, then you wear machines, and then ...? Then you serve machines.“

—  John Brunner
Context: First you use machines, then you wear machines, and then...? Then you serve machines. continuity (14) "The Right Man For The Job" <!-- [Italics and ellipsis in source] -->

„When the Everywhere couple crack a joke
It's laughed at by all right-thinking folk.
When the Everywhere couple adopt a pose
It's the with-it view as everyone knows.“

—  John Brunner
Context: Watching their sets in a kind of trance were people in Mexico, people in France. They don't chase Jones but the dreams are the same — Mr. and Mrs. Everywhere, that's the right name! Herr und Frau Uberall or les Partout, A gadget on the set makes them look like you. When the Everywhere couple crack a joke It's laughed at by all right-thinking folk. When the Everywhere couple adopt a pose It's the with-it view as everyone knows. It may be a rumor or it may be true But a gadget on the set has it said by you! "What do you think about Yatakang?" "I think the same as the Everywhere gang." "What do you think of Beninia then?" "The Everywheres will tell me but I don't know when." Whatever my country and whatever my name A gadget on the set makes me think the same. context (16) "Mr. & Mrs. Everywhere: Calypso (stanzas 2, 5, and 7) <!-- [Italics in source] -->

„I'm myself, not a label.“

—  John Brunner, The Shockwave Rider

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