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Into the Slave Nebula by John Brunner

Published on 2nd July 2018

Setting

Pretend that convenience-wise earth has become a paradise. Robots and androids take care of every whim, request or desire regular old humans ask for. Brunner doesn't give this period a year, but I think we're supposed to assume it's some time in the future when science and technology has reached a kind of comfortable zenith. For the most part though, these two important factors of human life are being used mainly in the name of indulgence and personal comfort.

It is in this vain that the novel starts, at a time called 'carnival', when almost everyone on earth is caught up in their own self indulgence: 'include quote here.' 

I first saw work by John Brunner while looking through one of Oxfam book shop's special collections. I noticed a book which I'm not going to write about now - but will eventually - called The Shockwave Rider. I opened it, impressed by its feeling of immediacy and the clarity of the prose. Take for example the first line.

But for this review I want to focus on a quieter corner of Brunner's work, the short 157 pager, Into the Slave Nebula. It tells the story of Derry Horn, the son of a man who owns a company supplying most of the known galaxy with androids. These androids are distinguished from humans by their blue skin.





Horn discovers something that completely changes the direction of his life. This something is the body of a complete stranger to him - Lars Talibrand.   



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