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John Brunner – First Edition Books: Identification Points

John Brunner
John Brunner

John Kilian Houston Brunner (24 September 1934 – 25 August 1995) was a British author of science fiction novels and stories. His 1968 novel Stand on Zanzibar, about an overpopulated world, won the 1969 Hugo Award for best science fiction novel, and the BSFA award the same year. The Jagged Orbit won the BSFA award in 1970.

At first writing conventional space opera, Brunner later began to experiment with the novel form. His 1968 novel Stand on Zanzibar exploits the fragmented organizational style that American writer John Dos Passos created for his USA trilogy, but updates it in terms of the theory of media popularised by Canadian academic Marshall McLuhan, a major cultural figure of the period.

The Jagged Orbit (1969) is set in a United States dominated by weapons proliferation and interracial violence. Its 100 numbered chapters vary in length from a single syllable to several pages in length. The Sheep Look Up (1972) depicts ecological catastrophe in America.

Brunner is credited with coining the term “worm” (in computing) and predicting the emergence of computer viruses in his 1975 novel The Shockwave Rider, in which he used the term to describe software which reproduces itself across a computer network. Brunner’s work has also been credited for prefiguring modern developments such as genetic engineering, same-sex marriage, online encyclopedias, the legalization of cannabis, and the development of Viagra.

These four novels Stand on Zanzibar (1968), The Jagged Orbit (1969), The Sheep Look Up (1972) and The Shockwave Rider (1975), have been called the “Club of Rome Quartet”, named after the Club of Rome, whose 1972 report The Limits to Growth warned of the dire effects of overpopulation.

Brunner’s pen names include K. H. Brunner (Kilian Houston Brunner), Gill Hunt, John Loxmith, Trevor Staines, Ellis Quick, Henry Crosstrees Jr., and Keith Woodcott.

John Brunner – First Editions Identification Guide

Note: This list only includes books published prior to 1977.

How to Identify First Edition books by John Brunner Guide
YearTitlePublisherFirst edition/printing identification points
1973AGE OF MIRACLESLondon; Sidgwick & Jackson, [1973]Boards. First published in Great Britain in 1973 on © page. A revision of THE DAY OF THE STAR CITIES. Note: Possibly preceded by the Ace Books printing also issued in May 1973.
1965THE ALTAR ON ASCONELNew York: Ace Books, Inc., [1965]Wrappers. No statement of printing on © page. Ace Double M-123 (45¢). Bound with ANDROID AVENGER by Ted White. Later collected in INTERSTELLAR EMPIRE.
1963THE ASTRONAUTS MUST NOT LANDNew York: Ace Books, Inc., [1963]Wrappers. No statement of printing on © page. Ace Double F-227 (40¢). Bound with THE SPACE-TIME JUGGLER by Brunner. Later revised as MORE THIN&S IN HEAVEN.
1960THE ATLANTIC ABOMINATIONNew York: Ace Books, Inc., [1960]Wrappers. No statement of printing on © page. Ace Double Novel Books D-465 (35¢). Bound with THE MARTIAN MISSILE by David Grinnell.
1969THE AVENGERS OF CARRIG[New York): A Dell Book, [1969]Wrappers.. First printing October 1969 on © page. Dell 0356 (50¢). Revised and expanded version of SECRET AGENT OF TERRA.
1963BEDLAM PLANETNew York: Ace Books,Inc., [1963]Wrappers. No statement of printing on © page. An Ace Book G-709 (50¢).
ALSO: London; Sidgwick & Jackson, [1973]. Boards. First published in Great Britain in 1973 on © page. First hardcover edition.
1969BLACK IS THE COLORNew York: Pyramid Books, [1969]Wrappers. First printing, February 1969 on © page. Pyramid Books X-1955 (60¢).
1969BLACKLASHNew York: Pyramid Books, [1969]Wrappers. First printing, November 1969 on © page. Pyramid Spy Thriller T2107 (75¢). Issued earlier in Great Britain as A PLAGUE ON BOTH YOURCAUSES.
1976THE BOOK OF JOHN BRUNNERNew York: DAW Books, Inc., [1976]Wrappers. First printing, January 1976/1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 on © page. DAW: sf Books No. 177 UY 1213 ($1.25).
1967BORN UNDER MARSNew York: Ace Books, Inc., [1967]Wrappers. No statement of printing on © page. An Ace Book G-664 (50¢).
1959THE BRINKLondon: Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1959Boards. No statement of printing on © page.
1963CASTAWAYS' WORLDNew York: Ace Books, Inc., [1963]Wrappers. No statement of printing on © page. Ace Double F-242 (40¢). Bound with THE RITES OF OHE by Brunner. Later revised as POLYMATH.
1963CATCH A FALLING STARNew York: Ace Books, Inc., [1963]Wrappers. No statement of printing on © page. Ace Book G-761 (50¢). Expanded version of THE 100TH MILLENNIUM.
1964THE CRUTCH OF MEMORYLondon: Barrie and Rockliff, [1964]Boards. First published 1964 ... on © page.
1965THE DAY OF THE STAR CITIESNew York: Ace Books, Inc., [1965]Wrappers. No statement of printing on © page. Ace BookF-361 (40¢). Later revised as AGE OF MIRACLES.
1970THE DEVIL'S WORKNew York: W. W. Norton & Company, Inc., [1970]First edition so stated on © page.
1969DOUBLE, DOUBLENew York: Ballantine Books, [1969]Wrappers. First Printing: January, 1969 on © page. A Ballantine Science Fiction Original 72019 (75¢).
ALSO: London: Sidgwick & Jackson [1971]. Boards. First published in Great Britain in 1971 on © page. First hardcover edition.
1972THE DRAMATURGES OF YANNew York: Ace Books, [1972]Wrappers. No statement of printing on © page. Ace Book 16668 (75¢).
1963THE DREAMING EARTHNew York: Pyramid Books, [1963]Wrappers. First printing, February 1963 on © page. Pyramid Books F-829 (40¢).
ALSO: London: Sidgwick & Jackson, [1972]. Boards. First published in Great Britain 1972 on © page. First hardcover edition.
1959ECHO IN THE SKULLNew York: Ace Books, Inc., [1959]Wrappers. No statement of printing on © page. Ace Double Novel Books D-385 (35¢). Bound with ROCKET TO LIMBO by Alan E. Nourse. Later revised as GIVE WARNING TO THE WORLD.
1964ENDLESS SHADOWNew York: Ace Books, Inc., [1964]Wrappers. No statement of printing on © page. Ace Double F-299 (40¢). Bound with THE ARSENAL OF MIRACLES by Gardner F. Fox.
1965ENIGMA FROM TANTALUSNew York: Ace Books, Inc., [1965]Wrappers. No statement of printing on © page. Ace Double M-115 (45¢). Bound with THE REPAIRMEN OF CYCLOPS by Brunner.
1972ENTRY TO ELSEWHENNew York: DAW Books, Inc., [1972]Wrappers. First printing 1972 on © page. D/1 W: sf Books No. 26 UQ1026 (95¢). Note: Later printings have a number sequence following the first printing statement on the © page.
1969THE EVIL THAT MEN DONew York: Belmont Books, [1969]Wrappers. May 1969 on © page. Belmont B60-1010 (60¢). Bound with THE PUR-LOINED PLANET by Lin Carter.
1968FATHER OFLIESNew York: Belmont Books, [1968]Wrappers. October 1968 on © page.A Belmont Double B60-081 (60¢). Bound with MIRROR IMAGE by Bruce Duncan.
1972FROM THIS DAY FORWARDGarden City: Doubleday & Company,Inc., 1972First edition so stated on © page.
1952GALACTIC STORMLondon: Printed in Great Britain and Published by Curtis Warren Limited, [1952]Wrappers. No statement of printing on © page. Curtis Books Science Fiction (1'6). Gill Hunt, pseudonym.
1970THE GAUDY SHADOWSLondon: Constable, [1970]Boards. First published 1970 on © page.
1974GIVE WARNING TO THE WORLDNew York: DA FF Books, Inc., [1974]Wrappers. First printing, July 1974/1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 on © page. DAW: sf Books No. 112 UQ1122 (95¢). Revised version of ECHO IN THE SKULL.
1970GOOD MEN DO NOTHING[London]: Hodder and Stoughton, [1970]Boards. No statement of printing on © page.
1971HONKY IN THE WOODPILELondon: Constable, [1971]Boards. First published 1971 on © page.
1959THE 100TH MILLENNIUMNew York: Ace Books, Inc., [1959]Wrappers. No statement of printing on © page. Ace Double Novel Books D-362 (35¢). Bound with EDGE OF TIME by David Grinnell. Later enlarged as CATCH A FALLING STAR.
1961I SPEAK FOR EARTHNew York: Ace Books, Inc., [1961]Wrappers. No statement of printing on © page. Ace Double Novel Books D-497 (35¢). Keith Woodcott, pseudonym. Bound with WANDL THE INVADER by Ray Cummings.
1976INTERSTELLAR EMPIRENew York: DAW Books, Inc., [1976]Wrappers. First Printing, September 1976/1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 on © page. DAW: sf Books No. 208 UW1252 ($1.50).
1968INTO THE SLAVE NEBULANew York: Lancer Books, [1968]Wrappers. A Lancer Book * 1968 on © page. Lancer Books 73-797 (60¢). Revised version of SLAVERS OF SPACE.
1969THE JAGGED ORBITNew York: Ace Books, Inc., [1969]Wrappers. No statement of printing on © page. An Ace Science Fiction Special 38120 (95¢).
ALSO: New York: Ace Books Inc., [1969]. Boards. No statement of printing on © page. Code 40 K on page 339. First hardcover edition.
Note: Issued by the Science Fiction Book Club.
1962THE LADDER IN THE SKYNew York: Ace Books, Inc., [1962]Wrappers. No statement of printing on © page. Ace Double F-141 (40¢). Keith Woodcott, pseudonym. Bound with THE DARKNESS BEFORE TOMORROW by Robert Moore Williams.
1963LISTEN! THE STARSNew York: Ace Books, Inc., [1963]Wrappers. No statement of printing on © page. Ace Double F-215 (40¢). Bound with THE REBELLERS by Jane Roberts. Expanded as THE STARDROPPERS.
1965THE LONG RESULTLondon: Faber and Faber, [1965]First published in mcmlxv on © page.
1965THE MARTIAN SPHINXNew York: Ace Books, Inc., [1965]Wrappers. No statement of printing on © page. Ace Book F-320 Keith Woodcott, pseudonym.
1961MEETING AT INFINITYNew York: Ace Books, Inc., [1961]Wrappers. No statement of printing on © page. Ace Double Novel Books D-507 (35¢). Bound with BEYOND THE SILVER SKY by Kenneth Bulmer.
1973MORE THINGS IN HEAVEN[New York]: A Dell Book, [1973]Wrappers. First printing - November 1973 on © page. Dell 5524 (95¢). Revised version of THE ASTRONAUTS MUST NOT LAND.
1962NO FUTURE IN ITLondon; Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1962Boards. Mo statement of printing on © page.
1966NO OTHER GODS BUT MELondon: Compact Books, [1966]Wrappers. No statement of printing on © page. Compact SF F317 (3/6).
1965NOT BEFORE TIME[London]: The New English Library, [1965]Wrappers. First NEL edition April 1968 on © page. Four Square Science Fiction 2138 (3/6).
Note: Some stories appeared earlier in the U.S. edition of OUT OF MY MIND.
1965NOW THEN[London];A Mayflower-Dell Paperback, [1965]Wrappers. October 1965 on © page. Mayflower Dell 6500 (3/6).
1967OUT OF MY MINDNew York: BallantineBooks, [1967]Wrappers. First edition: February, 1967 on © page. A Ballantine Science Fiction Original U5064 (60¢). ALSO: [London]: The New English Library, [1965]. Wrappers. This collection first published in Great Britain ... January 1968 on © page. Four Square Science Fiction 2102 (3/6). Contents differ.
1969A PLAGUE ON BOTH YOUR CAUSES[London]: Hodder and Stoughton, [1969]Boards. First printed 1969 on © page. Issued later in the U.S. as BLACKLASH.
1966A PLANET OF YOUR OWNNew York: Ace Books, Inc., [1966]Wrappers. No statement of printing on © page. Ace Double G-592 (50¢). Bound with THE BEASTS OF KOHL by John Rackham.
1974POLYMATHNew York: DAWBooks, Inc., [1974]Wrappers. First printing, January 1974/1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 on © page. DAW: sfBooks No. 85 UQI089 (95¢). Revised version of CASTAWAYS' WORLD.
1967THE PRODUCTIONS OF TIME[New York]: Published by The New American Library, [1967]Wrappers. First printing, February, 1967 on © page. A Signet Book P3113 (60¢).
Note: Brunner states that this edition was badly edited without his approval.
ALSO: [Harmondsworth]: Penguin Books, [1970]. Wrappers. Published in Penguin Books 1970 On © page. Penguin Science Fiction 14003141 3 (25p). Authorized text.
1963THE PSIONIC MENACENew York: Ace Books, Inc., [1963]Wrappers. No statement of printing on © page. Ace Double F-199 (40¢). Keith Woodcott, pseudonym. Bound with CAPTIVES OF THE FLAME by Samuel R. Delany.
1967QUICKSANDGarden City: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1967First edition so stated on © page.
1965THE REPAIRMEN OF CYCLOPSNew York: Ace Books, Inc., [1965]Wrappers. No statement of printing on © page. Ace Double M-115 (45¢). Bound with ENIGMA FROM TANTALUS by Brunner.
1963THE RITES OF OHENew York: Ace Books, Inc., [1963]Wrappers. No statement of printing on © page. Ace Double F-242 (40¢). Bound with 'CASTAWAYS' WORLD by Brunner.
1960SANCTUARY IN THE SKYNew York: Ace Books, Inc., [1960]Wrappers. No statement of printing on © page. Ace Double Novel Books D-471 (35¢). Bound with THE SECRET MARTIANS by Jack Sharkey.
1962SECRET AGENT OF TERRANew York: Ace Books, Inc., [1962]Wrappers. No statement of printing on © page. Ace Double F-133 (40¢). Bound with THE RIM OF SPACE by A. Bertram Chandler. Later revised as THE AVENGERS OF CARRIG.
1972THE SHEEP LOOK UPNew York, Evanston, San Francisco, London: Harper & Row, Publishers, [1972]Cloth and boards. First edition so stated on © page.
1975THE SHOCKWAVE RIDERNew York, Evanston., San Francisco, London: Harper & Row, Publishers, [1975]Boards with cloth shelf back. First edition so stated on © page. Unauthorized editorial changes in text.
ALSO: New York: Ballantine Books, [1976]. Wrappers . First Ballantine Books Edition: March, 1976 on © page. Ballantine Books SF 24853 ($1.50). Follows author's original text.
1960THE SKYNAPPERSNew York: Ace Books, Inc., [1960]Wrappers. No statement of printing on © page. Ace Double Novel Books D-457 (35¢). Bound with VULCAN'S HAMMER by Philip K. Dick.
1960SLAVERS OF SPACENew York: Ace Books, Inc., [1960]Wrappers. No statement of printing on © page. Ace Double Novel Books D-421 (35¢). Bound with DR. FUTURITY by Philip K. Dick. Later revised as INTO THE SLAVE NEBULA.
1963THE SPACE-TIME JUGGLERNew York: Ace Books, Inc., [1963]Wrappers. No statement of printing on © page. Ace Double F-227 (40¢). Bound with THE ASTRONAUTS MUST NOT LAND by Brunner. Collected later in INTERSTELLAR EMPIRE as "The Wanton of Argus."
1965THE SQUARES OF THE CITYNew York: Ballantine Books, [1965]Wrappers. First Printing: December, 1965 on © page. A Ballantine Science Fiction Original U6035 (75¢).
1968STAND ON ZANZIBARGarden City: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1968First edition so stated on © page.
1972THE STAR DROPPERSNew York: DAW Books, Inc., [1972]Wrappers. First printing 1972 on © page. DAW: sf Books No. 23 UQ1023 (95¢). Expanded version of LISTEN! THE STARS!
1973THE STONE THAT NEVER CAME DOWNGarden City: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1973First edition so stated on © page.
1962THE SUPER BARBARIANSNew York: Ace Books, [1962]Wrappers. No statement of printing on © page. Ace Book D-547 (35¢).
1965TELEPATHISTLondon: Faber and Faber, [1965]First published in mcmlxv on © page. Issued earlier in the U.S. as THE WHOLE MAN.
1959THRESHOLD OFETERNITYNew York: Ace Books, Inc., [1959]Wrappers. No statement of printing on © page. Ace Double Novel Books D-335 (35¢). Bound with THE WAR OF TWO WORLDS by Poul Anderson.
1973TIME-JUMP[New York]: A Dell Book, [1973]Wrappers. First printingDecember 1973 on © page. Dell 8917 (95¢).
1962TIMES WITHOUT NUMBERNew York: Ace Books, Inc., [1962]Wrappers. No statement of printing on © page. Ace Double F-161 (40¢). Bound with DESTINY'S ORBIT by David Grinnell.
ALSO: New York: Ace Publishing Corporation, [1969]. Wrappers. No statement of printing on © page. Ace Book81270 (60¢). Revised and expanded edition.
ALSO: [Morley]: The Elmfield Press, [1974]. Boards. No statement of printing on © page. First hardcover edition. Follows the 1969 Ace text.
1969TIMESCOOP[New York]: A Dell Book, [1969]Wrappers. First printing July 1969 on © page. Dell 8916 (50¢). ALSO: London: Sidgwick & Jackson, [1972]. Boards. First published in Great Britain 1972 on © page. First hardcover edition.
1964TO CONQUER CHAOSNew York: Ace Books, Inc., [1964]Wrappers. No statement of printing on © page. Ace Book F-277 (40¢).
1974TOTAL ECLIPSEGarden City: Doubleday & Company, Inc.., 1974First edition so stated on © page.
1971THE TRAVELER IN BLACKNew York: Ace Books, [1971]Wrappers. No statement of printing on © page. Ace Book 82210 (75¢);
1965WEAR THE BUTCHERS' MEDALNew York: Pocket Books, Inc., [1965]Wrappers. First printing ... May, 1965 on © page. Pocket Books 30129 (50¢).
1974WEB OF EVERYWHEREToronto New York London: Bantam Books, [1974]Wrappers. Published June 1974 on © page. Bantam Science Fiction Q8398 ($1.25).
1964THE WHOLE MANNew York: Ballantine Books, [1964]Wrappers. First printing ... August, 1964 on © page. An Original Ballantine Science Fiction Novel U2219 Issued later in Great Britain as TELEPATHIST.
ALSO: New York: Walker and Company, [1969]. Boards. Published in the United States of America in 1969 on © page. First U.S. hardcover edition.
1959THE WORLD SWAPPERSNew York: Ace Books, Inc., [1959]Wrappers. No statement of printing on © page. Ace Double Novel Books D-391 (35¢). Bound with SIEGE OF THE UNSEEN by A. E. van Vogt.
1971THE WRONG END OF TIMEGarden City: Doubleday & Company, Inc.,1971First edition so stated on © page.

John Brunner – First Printing Dust Jackets Identification Guide

Gallery of First state Dust Jackets of Brunner’s works. Only includes the first appearance in book form. Either the UK or US edition and does not include later printings.

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