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Sci-Fi Author Brunner Dies

John Brunner, the science fiction novelist noted for his experimental form attention to contemporary social issues, is dead at 60.

Brunner died Aug. 25 of a heart attack in Glasgow, Scotland.

A prolific writer, Brunner attracted attention outside his native England in 1969 with “Stand on Zanzibar.” Other novels included “The Squares of the City,” and “The Days of March.”

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