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John Brunner

John Kilian Houston Brunner (September 24, 1934 - August 26, 1995) was a British author of science fiction novels and stories.

He was born at Preston Crowmarsh[?] in Oxfordshire, and went to school at Cheltenham. He wrote his first novel Galactic Storm[?] at 17, under the name of Gill Hunt, but did not write full time until 1958. In the meantime, he served as an officer in the Royal Air Force, 1953 to 1955. He married Marjorie Rosamond Sauer[?] on July 12, 1958.

At first writing conventional space opera, he began to experiment with the novel form. His 1968 novel Stand on Zanzibar[?] won the 1969 Hugo Award for best science fiction novel, and is now considered a classic of the genre. The Jagged Orbit[?] won the British SF Award[?] in 1971.

Brunner's best-known work is perhaps 1975's The Shockwave Rider, in which he coined the term "worm", used to describe malicious software (see virus).

His pen names include: K. H. Brunner, Gill Hunt, John Loxmith, Trevor Staines and Keith Woodcott.

His health began to decline in the 1980s, and worsened with the death of his wife in 1986. He remarried, to Li Yi Tan[?], September 27, 1991, then died of a stroke in Glasgow, Scotland, while attending the World Science Fiction Convention[?] there.

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