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21st Jan '16 8:13:14 PM PaulA
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John Brunner (1934-1995) was a British science fiction writer usually associated with the NewWaveScienceFiction movement. His best-known novels include ''Literature/StandOnZanzibar'' (which won a HugoAward), ''Literature/TheShockwaveRider'' (a forerunner of {{Cyberpunk}} that predicted many aspects of the internet), ''The Sheep Look Up'', ''Jagged Orbit'', and ''The Squares of the City''. Also notable is ''The Traveller in Black'' (later further expanded as ''The Compleat Traveller in Black''), a collection of short stories.
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John Brunner (1934-1995) was a British science fiction writer usually associated with the NewWaveScienceFiction movement. His best-known novels include ''Literature/StandOnZanzibar'' (which won a HugoAward), ''Literature/TheShockwaveRider'' (a forerunner of {{Cyberpunk}} that predicted many aspects of the internet), ''The Sheep Look Up'', ''Jagged Orbit'', and ''The Squares of the City''. Also notable is ''The Traveller in Black'' ''Literature/TheTravellerInBlack'' (later further expanded as ''The Compleat Traveller in Black''), a collection of short stories.

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* ''Literature/TheTravellerInBlack''

* BatheHerAndBringHerToMe: In the Traveller in Black novella "The Wager Lost by Winning", the rather unsympathetic protagonist is bathed before being claimed by Lord Fellian. * BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: A recurring theme in the Traveller in Black stories; those who wish carelessly and selfishly get their comeuppance, while those who wish unselfishly (whose number, in the entire series, can be counted on one hand) are rewarded.

* FakeMemories: In the Traveller in Black novella "Imprint of Chaos", an evil magician takes a seat on the Ruling Council of a city, the better to cause the citizens to make a choice that will increase Chaos in the area. His plan includes implanting Fake Memories that he has always been a member of the Council himself in the rest of the Council members.

* IHaveManyNames: The Traveller in Black is described more than once as "having many names, but only one nature".

* TheMagicGoesAway: The mission of the Traveller in Black is to make this happen.

* OrderVersusChaos: The overarching conflict of the "Traveller in Black" stories; the Traveller himself is an agent of Order.

* ScarecrowSolution: Used to frighten off a god (it wasn't a very ''smart'' god) in one of the Traveller in Black stories.

* UnfazedEveryman: In the first Traveller in Black story, a 20th-century Englishman is summoned to the magical past in which the stories are set, and reacts to every strange thing he encounters with calm rationality. (It's suggested that he was specifically chosen for that attribute, it being in notably short supply in that place at that time.)

* WalkingTheEarth: The title character of ''The Traveller in Black''
19th Dec '14 12:26:25 AM PaulA
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* RubberBandHistory: ''Times Without Number'' is a collection of short stories set in an alternate history where the Spanish Armada conquered England and the resultant European superpower went on to invent time travel. In the final story, English nationalists travel back in time to sabotage the Armada; despite the hero's efforts, they succeed, creating the history we're familiar with.
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* RubberBandHistory: ''Times Without Number'' is a collection of short stories set in an alternate history where the Spanish Armada conquered England and the resultant European superpower went on to invent time travel. In the final story, English nationalists travel an extremist travels back in time to sabotage the Armada; despite the hero's efforts, they succeed, he succeeds, creating the history we're familiar with.
19th Dec '14 12:22:16 AM PaulA
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* RippleEffectProofMemory: Discussed in ''Times Without Number'', in the context of an international treaty agreeing that the signatories will not use time travel to undermine the history of one another. A character points out that, since ripple-effect-proof memory isn't a thing in this setting, the treaty is essentially worthless: if somebody breaks it, there's no way to prove they changed anything, because all the historical evidence will reflect the new timeline as if it always existed. * RubberBandHistory: ''Times Without Number'' is a collection of short stories set in an alternate history where the Spanish Armada conquered England and the resultant European superpower went on to invent time travel. In the final story, English nationalists travel back in time to sabotage the Armada; despite the hero's efforts, they succeed, creating the history we're familiar with.
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