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Subject: John Brunner
Category: Arts and Entertainment > Books and Literature
Asked by: maxchristian-ga
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Posted: 26 Jun 2002 13:53 PDT
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Question ID: 33725
John Brunner was a famous sci-fi author who died in 1995.  Did he ever
live in Alma Square, St John's Wood, London?  If so, what number? 
There is a record of a John Brunner living there at:

...but I can't tell whether this is the same person.

Request for Question Clarification by blader-ga on 26 Jun 2002 15:10 PDT
Dear maxchristian:

I'm pretty sure that the address you have there is accurate. I doubt
there was a different John Brunner who wrote in old SciFi/fantasy
fanzines. What do you think?

Best Regards,

Clarification of Question by maxchristian-ga on 26 Jun 2002 15:47 PDT
Thing is, I don't think that list says that the John Brunner named
there wrote in those magazines.  I think it's saying that John Brunner
has (or had) a copy of those magazines, forming part of the
collection.  John Brunner is an unusual name: according to BT there is
currently only one J. Brunner living in London.  Nevertheless, it's
not terribly unlikely that a reader of fantasy in London shared his
name with the author.
Subject: Re: John Brunner
Answered By: luciaphile-ga on 28 Jun 2002 08:07 PDT
Rated:4 out of 5 stars
Hi maxchristian,

I was unable to find a specific house number for Brunner in Saint
John's Wood.  However, I hope that the following will help you.

Contemporary Authors. Gale Research Co., 1967, vol 1-4, p. 128:
John Kilian Houston Brunner, who employed a number of pseudonyms
including: John Loxsmith, Trevor Staines, and Keith Woodcott, listed
an address, 17d Frognal, London N.W. 3. Subsequent volumes of omitted
the address.

In Contemporary Authors Autobiography Series. Gale Research Co., 1989,
vol 8, Brunner mentions a number of different homes that he lived in,
including a flat in Saint John's Wood, although he states that this
was after his stint with the RAF, rather early in his career.

He and his first wife later had a flat in West Hampstead, then a house
in Hampstead Heath, specifically on Nassington Road, and then later a
house in South Petherton.  As this entry was written in 1989, it
doesn't preclude the possibility of Brunner's having moved to Saint
John's Wood again.  Brunner remarried in 1991 to Li Yi Tan.

You may wish to try to contact his last literary agent.  His agent in
the latest volume of Contemporary Authors New Revision Series, Gale
Research Co., 1992, vol 37, p64, was listed as:

William Reiss 
John Hawkins & Associates
71 West 23rd St.
New York, NY 10010

Reiss' email address is:

I hope this helps!


Request for Answer Clarification by maxchristian-ga on 28 Jun 2002 08:40 PDT
Please could you clarify which year John would have lived in Alma
Square, given that it was after his stint in the RAF?

Clarification of Answer by luciaphile-ga on 28 Jun 2002 09:49 PDT
Hi maxchristian,

Contemporary Authors Autobiography Series, Gale Research Co., 1989,
vol 8, p 8
Brunner writes:

After the RAF I went home to my parents for a while.  'Barts Arnold
had a bedsitter in Saint John's Wood.  Visiting him, I asked his
landlady to let me know if the adjacent room fell vacant.  It did, and
with thirty-three pounds in my bank account, saved from my pre-Air
Force sales, I moved to London under the mistaken impression that I
was already a writer.

His career part of the Contemporary Authors entries (all the ones I
cited in my answer above) indicated that he served in the RAF from
1953 to 1955.

Hope that helps!

maxchristian-ga rated this answer:4 out of 5 stars
Probably the best answer available.  Many thanks.

Subject: Re: John Brunner
From: pattisw-ga on 27 Jun 2002 03:39 PDT
Dont know if this will help but John Brunner was aka Killian
Houston,John Loxsmith,Trevor Staines and Keith Woodcott. Source-

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