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Saturday, February 20, 2010

THE SQUARES OF THE CITY




John Brunner is an much underrated/over-looked Brit SF writer who stood slightly to the side of the late 60's/early 70's New Wave, which may explain why he's perhaps not remembered as well as some of his contemporaries. He lived in the village of South Petherton (about 7/8 miles from Yeovil and home to Farmer Glitch!) for a while in the early/mid-70s. Almost impossible to imagine now that there was once a South Petherton SF Writers Group / Association (dunno if it ever had a formal title), who used to sometimes assemble round Dom Zero / Lurch's folk's house, with various writers like Christopher Priest, James Blish and Sam Delaney dropping in for drinks, etc when they were in the area.

I told you it's kinda strange around our way.

2 Comments:

At 7:43 pm, Blogger farmer glitch said...

Johns' widow still lives in his old place here in Sp - and I have been round a few times - there are numerous unpublished manuscripts waiting for something to happen to them - even have a signed JB novel on the shelf somewhere ...

 
At 7:54 pm, Blogger I am not Kek-w said...

Bloody hell. I didn't know that. Didn't even know you knew his wife...

Well, I'll be blowed. Cheers for that...

 

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