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Age of Miracles Mass Market Paperback – Apr 1985

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: New Amer Library (Mm) (April 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0886770246
  • ISBN-13: 978-0886770242
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.5 x 12.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 141 g
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About the Author

John Brunner (1934-1995) was a prolific British SF writer. He was a winner of the Hugo Award (for Stand on Zanzibar), the British Science Fiction Award and the Prix Apollo.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x9ebc85d0) out of 5 stars 3 reviews
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9eb58c6c) out of 5 stars An Interesting Look at Extraterrestrial Colonization Feb. 9 2011
By valis1949 - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Another insightful, yet not very well written book from John Brunner. However, his ideas are so freshly brilliant and innovative, that the novel is hard to put down. Earth has been violently and dramatically contacted by a vastly superior alien civilization, yet alien emissaries have not bothered to communicate with mankind. Shortly before the invasion, all weapons-grade nuclear bombs and devices have been exploded which reduces most of civilization to the Stone Age, and national governments have been over-run by criminal enterprises. Then, after Earth is virtually defenseless, there appear at various locations around the globe, magical shimmering areas which could be alien cities, or possibly extraterritorial staging areas. Man's arsenal of weapons are unable to penetrate these locations, and any attempt to enter, drives the intruder insane. The remaining technically savy individuals who struggle with this unprecedented dilemma realize that mankind has entered a new and different phase. Earthlings must learn how to penetrate these alien enclaves, and learn to harness the new technology, and journey to new frontiers. Mankind must become as rats who learned how to board ancient ships, and travel to distant lands. The intellectuals who study this alien presence have discovered that it is possible to enter these areas without being driven insane, but "except you become as little children."
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ead1dec) out of 5 stars Imaginative, post-WWII pulp page turner. Dec 14 2010
By Paul Schmitt - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
A interesting read from '68 Hugo Award winner John Brunner about a conquered Earth where mankind is quickly reduced to Stone Age technology. Survivors of an alien invasion seek to counter-attack against what they assume is an other-dimensionally based alien invasion force using the aliens' crystalline based technology against them.

Not a bad read. Age of Miracles reaches, in parts, to ground some of it's own wild fantasy material (synaesthesia, multi-dimensional aliens) in a contemporary reality by sacrificing and losing touch with the emotional interactions of the characters. Wouldn't seeing multiple planes (human/extraterrestrial) kinda of confuse you, too?

All in all - it's a gritty post-WWII sci-fi/survival bookwith aliens as zombies.
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HASH(0x9e9cea38) out of 5 stars A nice twist on alien invasion. Oct. 20 2012
By plot hound - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The core plot is in some ways reminiscent of Simak's "Way Station" but taken from a much

darker angle.

The characters are believable, corrupt, selfish and violent. As you would expect from

Brunner there is no real hero and society is far from pleasant.

This is a post-apocalyptic world with a difference, world war 3 was caused by alien

intervention and then the aliens showed no further interest in humanity.

The ideas are well developed with good science as well as strong characters.
The pace is excellent and the ending has a few twists to keep you guessing.

Smart and entertaining.

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