Archive for June, 2006

John Brunner: The Sheep Look Up

Thursday, June 15th, 2006

John Brunner was one of the great far seers of science fiction, dealing with matters like overpopulation, computers or pollution long before they became an issue dealt with in everyday media. This book is about pollution and its effects — damaging effects that start destroying life on this earth. Some people fight a losing, hopeless battle against polluters and they have the money and they have the power. It’s a hard book to read, definitely not for pleasure, but it does make you think, and think hard. And also ponder about Brunner’s vision of the future. In the early seventies, he didn’t see personal computers or mobile phones coming, in this story situated in the late 200th century, but he did see a lot else. We can only hope he was wrong about the pollution — or global warming resulting from it.