The Dramaturges of Yan

The Dramaturges of Yan The far flung fingers of Earth s civilisation touched many corners of the galaxy and among them was the beautiful planet Yan Here the colonists lived a peaceful almost idyllic life amid ancient and

  • Title: The Dramaturges of Yan
  • Author: John Brunner
  • ISBN: 9780345306777
  • Page: 278
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • The far flung fingers of Earth s civilisation touched many corners of the galaxy, and among them was the beautiful planet Yan Here the colonists lived a peaceful, almost idyllic life, amid ancient and secret relics, co existing with their strange and compatible neighbours The arrival of Gregory Chart, the greatest dramatist ever, whose productions were played out in theThe far flung fingers of Earth s civilisation touched many corners of the galaxy, and among them was the beautiful planet Yan Here the colonists lived a peaceful, almost idyllic life, amid ancient and secret relics, co existing with their strange and compatible neighbours The arrival of Gregory Chart, the greatest dramatist ever, whose productions were played out in the skies, and whose actors were also the audience, could only disrupt and destroy once the Yanfolk were aroused from their dreaming indifference First published 1972

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    1. John Brunner was born in Preston Crowmarsh, near Wallingford in Oxfordshire, and went to school at St Andrew s Prep School, Pangbourne, then to Cheltenham College He wrote his first novel, Galactic Storm, at 17, and published it under the pen name Gill Hunt, but he did not start writing full time until 1958 He served as an officer in the Royal Air Force from 1953 to 1955, and married Marjorie Rosamond Sauer on 12 July 1958At the beginning of his writing career Brunner wrote conventional space opera pulp science fiction Brunner later began to experiment with the novel form His 1968 novel Stand on Zanzibar exploits the fragmented organizational style John Dos Passos invented for his USA trilogy, but updates it in terms of the theory of media popularised by Marshall McLuhan The Jagged Orbit 1969 is set in a United States dominated by weapons proliferation and interracial violence, and has 100 numbered chapters varying 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 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 Together with Stand on Zanzibar , these novels 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, Gill Hunt, John Loxmith, Trevor Staines, Ellis Quick, Henry Crosstrees Jr and Keith Woodcott.In addition to his fiction, Brunner wrote poetry and many unpaid articles in a variety of publications, particularly fanzines, but also 13 letters to the New Scientist and an article about the educational relevance of science fiction in Physics Education Brunner was an active member of the organisation Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and wrote the words to The H Bomb s Thunder , which was sung on the Aldermaston Marches.Brunner had an uneasy relationship with British new wave writers, who often considered him too American in his settings and themes He attempted to shift to a mainstream readership in the early 1980s, without success Before his death, most of his books had fallen out of print Brunner accused publishers of a conspiracy against him, although he was difficult to deal with his wife had handled his publishing relations before she died 2 Brunner s health began to decline in the 1980s and worsened with the death of his wife in 1986 He remarried, to Li Yi Tan, on 27 September 1991 He died of a heart attack in Glasgow on 25 August 1995, while attending the World Science Fiction Convention thereakaK H Brunner, Henry Crosstrees Jr, Gill Hunt with Dennis Hughes and E C Tubb , John Loxmith, Trevor Staines, Keith WoodcottWinner of the ESFS Awards in 1980 as Best Author and 1n 1984 as Novelist

    2. review of John Brunner's The Dramaturges of Yan by tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE - August 31, 2014 As w/ so many Brunner bks, most of what I potentially have to say about this 1 wd contain too many spoilers so I'll approach it somewhat abstractly instead. I've been on a Brunner review spree ever since my review of The World Swappers of February 18, 2013 ( /book/show/23 ). This is approximately the 39th bk I've read & reviewed by him so far & I'm still enjoying it so Brunner hasn't disappoin [...]

    3. Some strong strengths and weak weaknesses. Cool idea, and once it pulls together it is strong, but a very slow start, poor scene breaks, and a constant insistence on "Oh, what was that word they used to have *insert common word, to show it's the FUTURE*"

    4. Η πρώτη μου γνωριμία με αυτόν κλασικό Βρετανό συγγραφέα επιστημονικής φαντασίας και με άφησε σχεδόν απόλυτα ευχαριστημένο, και ας είναι αυτό το βιβλίο από τα λιγότερο γνωστά και καλά που έχει γράψει. Σαν σκηνικό έχουμε τον πλανήτη Γιαν πάνω στον οποίο ζουν Γήινοι και Γιανι [...]

    5. An elusive novel, The Dramaturges of Yan boasts big ideas, sensitive characterizations, and a vivid locale, but after setting the stage in painstaking fashion races to an overly discursive and disappointing ending. One would have to think a novelist of Brunner's obvious talents could have done more with this material. I'm giving it a generous four stars, though, because I enjoyed it so much up to a point, and the novel is too slender to wear out its welcome.To some degree, I guess that I just di [...]

    6. Until a somewhat rushed and annoying ending, I had planned to give it 4 stars. The basic concept, of man encountering intelligent aliens who were at one time more advanced than mankind, but now apparently are not, has been done many times. The reason for their stagnation, as it finally developed, was fascinating. The interaction with "art at all costs" entertainer was a clever plot twist, at least at first, as it echoed the circumstances which had supposedly brought the folks of Yan to a halt, 1 [...]

    7. É Brunner, mas ainda não o escritor experimentalista que corre riscos de Stand on Zanzibar. Neste livro segue uma estrutura mais clássica de ficção científica, focado numa história de contacto entre a humanidade e uma inteligência alienígena. A pequena colónia humana do planeta Yan convive amigavelmente com os curiosos costumes dos nativos do planeta, herdeiros estagnados de uma civilização avançada que legou misteriosas estruturas. Há um erro de identificação na natureza da civi [...]

    8. Απίστευτες ιδέες και εξαιρετικοί χαρακτήρες συνοδεύουν μια ήπια, στα όρια του πράου προσέγγιση του τι θα πει εξέλιξη και τι θα πει τέχνη. Ένα από τα κείμενα εφ που δεν προδίδουν την ηλικία τους παρά μόνο από μικρολεπτομέρειες, συμπύκνωσε σε ελάχιστες σελίδες, μικρότητες, πά [...]

    9. The end is weirdly prescient of one of the concepts in Cameron's Avatar--that of a world-sized collective entity composed of discrete smaller organisms. Proof that this is not exactly a new concept. Brunner, of course, does it better and without any of the violence.The other interesting thing is that one of the main characters is a (sympathetically portrayed) poet, and said world-consciousness winds up being an artist, albeit an insane one. Brunner doesn't try his hand at any actual poetry, thou [...]

    10. This was an enjoyable read but it suffers from an unsatisfying ending. The 1970s vision of what a WWW would be like is quite interesting but does little to rescue the ultimately underdeveloped story arc.

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