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[Ebook] The Long Result By John Brunner – serv3.3pub.co.uk [Reading] ➾ The Long Result Author John Brunner – Serv3.3pub.co.uk When racial hatred turns to murderous menace First a rocket ship loses its engines on take off and is destroyed On board an important extra terrestrial visitor Next someone slams into the sealed vehic When racial hatred turns to murderous menace First a rocket ship loses its engines on take off and is destroyed On board an important extra terrestrial visitor Next someone slams into the sealed vehicle used for transporting aliens around in the lethal atmosphere of Earth Then the vital controlled environment for the Tau The Long PDF \ Cetian delegation is sabotaged Oxygen leaks in and the aliens are half burnt alive Even if it means brutal murder The Stars Are For Man League is determined to shatter the harmony between Earth and civilizations on other planets and to keep mankind supreme among the alien life forms Only one man can stop them a man who unknowingly nurses a viper in his bosom First published in .

10 thoughts on “The Long Result

  1. Maria Dobos Maria Dobos says:

    This was my first encounter with John Brunner's work and I must admit it was uite enjoyable Even though many reviewers say this isn't one of his best novels I liked it; it was an interesting point of view on how humankind will deal with different alien species and approach the challenges brought by a multi planetary society

  2. Simon Mcleish Simon Mcleish says:

    Originally published on my blog here in January 2003Much early American pulp science fiction is extremely chauvinistic having an attitude to alien races closely related to the worst racist propaganda; aliens are menacing evil creatures seeking to take over the universe It is easy to get carried away by an exciting story only to realise afterwards that it has an unpleasant hidden meaning of this sort Superhuman heroes battle inhuman hordes and win the love of beautiful women; women are kidnapped and rescued in the nick of time from tentacular fates worse than deathJohn Brunner has always written novels which were for their time slightly apart from the science fiction mainstream and in The Long Result he produced one in opposition to the clich├ęs of the genre even if they were already outmoded by 1965 The main menace in the novel comes from the crackpot Stars Are For Man League dedicated to putting human beings in a superior position over the various alien races in this part of the galaxy on the grounds that humanity invented the star drive which enabled them to discover the aliens rather than the other way round This is not coincidentally similar to nineteenth century arguments to justify colonialismThe narrator Roald Vincent is a senior official of the Bureau of Cultural Relations which handles contacts not just with the aliens but also with human colony worlds He has to handle a rapidly escalating crisis when a ship from Starhome the first interstellar ship not to be built on Earth announces when about to land that it carries a diplomatic mission from a newly discovered alien species This makes them the focus of attacks by the League and the crisis is also being used in political manoeuvring between Earth and Starhome a colony beginning to press for independenceThe political ideas are unusually sophisticated for the science fiction of the time and yet The Long Result is still primarily an adventure story which has a style owing a lot to John Wyndham It is clearly a milestone on the path of development which led Brunner to Stand on Zanzibar and the dystopias which followed it; well worth reading

  3. Craig Craig says:

    The Long Result published by Ballantine in 1965 is one of Brunner's first serious novels as opposed to the works Ace had published from the mid 1950's on which were primarily works of adventureentertainment This one didn't strike me as a work of deep significance like his later works such as Stand on Zanzibar or The Sheep Look Up but it's a nice social commentary exercise in the vein of Pohl and Kornbluth It's a nice enough story but not really memorable This edition has a rather unfortunately odd cover that didn't strike me as like anything in the story


    review of John Brunner's The Long Result by tENTATIVELY a cONVENIENCE February 24 2013 I'm now a full fledged Brunner enthusiast I'm happy to finally be reading his work after having or less ignored it for the at least 40 yrs I've known about it I think I wasn't interested in him bc I had the impression that he's a somewhat 'generic' SF writer WCH in a sense he is He doesn't have that obvious topical distinction that J G Ballard does eg Ballard pries open the festering subconscious of the culture of his my time serves it up like Burroughs' Naked Lunch Brunner's writing style remains prosaic limited by both his writerly philosophy the commercial constraints of his publishers W that sd he's also a writer full of ideas of inspiration I'm glad he was as prolific as he was since it means that he's left behind a substantial reservoir of pleasurable stimulation for me to while away w The Long Result is essentially an anti racist novel extrapolated into a future where distinctions between humans are no longer the negative obsession of the bigot but rather distinctions between humans extraterrestrials Brunner does an excellent job w the theme I'm beginning to think that it'd be hard for me to dislike any SF writer but my enthusiasm for Brunner isn't really reflective of that As seems to be so often the case I found myself focusing on details not necessarily central to the main plot when I took my notes for this review This is partially bc I figure discussions of the main plot will be out about in the world in plenty already EG I decided I would probably like bin Ishmael than our previous casual purely social encounters had already made me Old fashioned or not I liked people who had private libraries and even Patricia who took the modern attitude that all you needed was access to a good computer memory couldn't make me change my views p 42 Now THAT'S prescient The copyright date on my copy of this is 1965 Such a distinction about computer use vs private libraries is very here now of 2013 I participated in a 'Zine Fair back in the fall of 2011 2 guys told me that they'd had liked some records of mine but'd gotten rid of all their records for CDs or some such The thing is one of the records they mentioned is a RECORD complete w things records have that CDs don't parallel lock grooves etc THERE WILL NOT BE A CD TO REPLACE IT Therefore by getting rid of the record they got rid of all its meta content too Not only do computers the internet e bks etc NOT replace hard copy publications the powers that be can use the corporate control of servers to wink information out of accessibility let's not forget internet censorship there's plenty of it I had a movie removed from YouTube simply bc someone complained about the accompanying notes The movie was a critiue of the Pavlovian 'believability' of mass media the person who complained about it is an aspiring media studies professor She complained bc she's in the movie in the notes I sd that the dog that's also in the movie was the most intelligent A bit central to the plot is this Well Viridis was planted about a hundred and ten years ago by a group of neo Roussellians who wanted to return to a pre technological civilization On Earth they'd become a laughing stock of course but since the sociologists were pressing the government to aid the study of alternative solutions to the problem of organizing a mass society their colony was approved and subsidized They got on well? Oh yes About half of our modern music drama and verse is Viridian in origin Their society has a I fumbled for the right word A depth a richness which ours lacks You prefer their society to the Starhomers'? Well yes Starhome was founded to see how far a technologically oriented society could be driven Of course in their own way the Starhomers have done exceedingly well their level of mechanization is amazing And naturally my department deals with the social conseuences of this well experiment p 54 Brunner's writing does get better better his descriptions get subtly realistic there's an attn to detail that I love No you're at least here though what help that is I don't really know I can't find your boss I can't find the head of alien contact the woman with the impossible to pronounce name Indowegiatuk Jacky supplied It meant something in an Eskimo dialect they said; I'd never found out what p 73 People are exasperated people are frustrated by not being able to get in touch w someone there're problems w pronouncing a person's name Such details are ignored by hack writers in the interest of just moving ahead w the action as in The Whole Man Brunner mentions a theremin in passing The number of interests this room reflected was fantastic A theremin stood under the main window its flex coiled over an antiue and fabulously valuable guitar Rows of loose leaf binders containing semantic and sociological notes were half hidden behind reproductions of classical sculpture a Rodin a Henry Moore the Venus of Milo and Kasneky's Virtue p 90 then there're amusing touches such as the discovery appreciation of science fiction as an obsolete antiue How many SF writers think about that? Oh I don't think I've shown you this he said switching subjects once with the same disconcerting rapidity He reached behind him and drew out a small rather tattered volume He held his hand over the top of it so all I could see was the picture on the front a painting of Mars with a spaceship in the foreground What about it? I said Well what do you think it is? It's a spaceship obviously One of our early pure rocket models I presume though I'm no expert on that Take a look at the date on it Handle with care I took it gingerly It was old and made of woodpulp paper which had been coated with plastic to preserve it; even so it was brittle to the touch I looked for the date Micky had mentioned and found it on the spine It was 1959 I said But And stopped It was one of the most violent double takes I'd ever made Correct Micky said There weren't any spaceships flying to Mars in 1959 p 93 Brunner isn't afraid to give credit where credit is due even when it probably rubs somewhat against what're possibly his own personal political feelings Starhome as you damned well know is a force grown society It's not exactly regimented but it's sure as hell disciplined It was planted by the spiritual descendants of the twentieth century totalitarians I know that's a dirty word but it's an accurate description Their supreme goal is efficiency It's the most workable compromise ever achieved between the laxity of individual freedom and the rigidity of the corporate state Most important it's a far efficient basic design than we have p 95 Now I'm as anti Fascist as anti Nazi as ever but I wdn't mind having 'the trains run on time' to use that reference to Mussolini metaphorically Brunner has revived my enthusiasm for science fiction like no other has for a while C M Kornbluth Frederik Pohl were his predecessors in this respect I'm grateful for it Brunner's yet another person I'd wish I'd gotten to know when he was alive Our life times overlapped by 42 yrs Maybe I shd go to SF conventions eh?

  5. Stephen Stephen says:

    This is a short little book that works on so many dimensions Like most good science fiction it is placed in a futuristic context but has a great deal to say about our world of today The cover leads the reader to believe that this is a book about racism It is but it is far than that It touches upon what we now know as the Thucydides Trap how a declining power can peacefully accommodate a rising power It touches upon how technology underpins economic power It also touches upon how society may change in the face of ever extending life times All of that in a short bookI was most taken by the account of the Thucydides Trap written decades before that trap came to prominence If we take the Starhomers as China and Earth as the US we have a very similar position to today How should a declining power accommodate a rising one? In the book the people of Earth help ease the Starhomers into their new role There are those the 'Stars Are For Man League' who wish to resist this trend I see the very much as our current populists whose main concern is to return us back to the 1950s In the book the traditionalists fail I imagine that the populists will do likewiseThe development of Starhome as an economic entity is based upon a technological lead over Earth in the area of space propulsion I am sketchy on the detail here but suffice it to say that the Starhomers have a lasting technological edge over Earth It's a bit like the internet in our time What is interesting is the response of earth to the Starhomers advances There are some who talk of the theft of trade secrets There are some who talk of unfair trade advantages There are some who talk simply banning the technology As was reading the book the controversy about Huawei was in the news This gave such a contemporary edge to the novelAlthough I am not a transhumanist I do recognise that life expectancy has increased over the past few decades What I found interesting was the way in which the book examined the impact of longevity on personal relationships I was particularly interested in how longevity would impact marriage I hadn't given that much thought before but what does a lifetime commitment mean if we can expect to live beyond 125 years? The author deals with this by making marriage renewable I find that such an interesting idea that I might ponder that a bit This is a well written book It contains elements of a thriller There is a romantic dimension And we rather like the heroes and dislike the villains The plot flows along and we don't become bogged down at all I took it as a nice bedtime book and I would recommend it as just that

  6. Squirrel Squirrel says:

    I've owned this book most of my life; if I read it as a child I definitely didn't understand it Reading this now 50 years post publication I am struck by how clever fresh insightful and positive it is It strikes me as a model blend of the best SF of the 40s and 50s and the skillful breaking of the limiting mindset that insisted only engineering counted as science In all however this reading it struck me as a 5 star tale with interesting characters credible foibles great thinking piece enjoyable storyexcept Except for the too convenient ending where we can't miss that two critical contributors to murder attempts are not held accountable for their parts and instead are multiply rewarded because of it This sours the story making us think Really? It's okay if I sponsor murderers as long as I get someone else to pull the trigger?Still I'll read this book again after some time and see what else I learn from it

  7. Derek Derek says:

    I bought this book at a used store after reading the back cover as it seemed a little too prescient for our current times The plot described an Earth struggling with racism and protectionism at the hands of the Stars Are For Man League an organization that uses xenophobia and outright hatred to promote its goals which are the subjugation of alien races and the promotion of human space colonization at their expense Sound familiar?The story is told through the lens of Roald Vincent a high ranking bureaucrat in the Bureau of Culture BuCult who is responsible for managing Earth's relationships with the two colonies There are a series of mysterious acts of terrorism that are linked back to the Stars Are For Man League and Vincent has to work with other authorities to attempt to determine the various connections between people and events in what ultimately in some respect turns out to be a whodunit novelThe ultimate revelation of the mystery is little mystery though Brunner takes care to pepper in a number of red herrings along the way; he also ensures that there are a few turns and twists that are not nearly as predictable and that are ultimately satisfying whether the reader was able to guess at the resolution of the mystery or not The story is under 200 pages always a welcome pace for these kinds of stories but it still feels a bit bogged down at times because of the intellectual nature of Vincent the narrator His language is a little well bureaucratic at times and although it makes sense for him to take the actions he does it still feels as though it might have been better for Brunner to get to the point; John Wyndham faces the same issues with his narrators these kinds of overly intellectual middle class sorts who feel the need to expound everything they are thinkingStill the bloat is not a huge issue and the book does not suffer much for it If you like John Wyndham or other similar authors you will enjoy The Long Result It takes a few great ideas works them into a believable narrative and presents some interesting philosophical discussions along the way It's not a classic SF novel but I enjoyed it and I think that others would too

  8. Ricky Ricky says:

    My first Brunner novel was chosen randomly I wish I had chosen one of his better known novels like Shockwave Rider or The Sheep Look Up The Long Result is a middling novel that lacks suspense and a compelling central character It is well written which is why I didn't give up and has imaginative world building in the background but it's a spy thriller without the thrill The ending however is excellent I wish Brunner had focused on the end plot as the spy elements that constitute most of the novel are simply dull Brunner often complained that he had to rush his novels because of publisher demand Unfortunately The Long Result one of those novels I wish he had spent time on

  9. Kent Kent says:

    Not uite as good as I was hoping but still a good politicalmystery thriller type of book Maybe not a thriller It involves an anti alien group who is attacking visiting alien representatives on Earth Roald is the main character and works in the Bureau of Culture and is sent to accompany the newest group to Earth and gets involved far deeper than he would have expected As usual Brunner does very well at portraying human behavior on grounds of xenophobia and intolerance I can only imagine this is how things would be in the future if we were to actually be in contact with life outside our own planet

  10. Jeremy Jeremy says:

    This is my first actual review as compared to just rating the book so please be gentle At first I could barely wade thru this book I kept wanting to give it upit became tedious and remembering names the twists and turns who was who was a hassleBut I stuck with it and I am glad that I did About half way thru the book it became a lot better moved faster and became a lot clearer It was as if it had two different authorsSo my advice for what it is worth if you find yourself ready to give up on the book keep going it will be worth it

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