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( Download E-pub ) ô Children of the Thunder ⚛ Science writer Peter Levin sensed a major story behind Claudia Moriss s research into juvenile deliquency For the American sociologist had uncovered a disturbing pattern of crimes that were unusual even in the rapidly deteriorating society of s BritainDavid had made a fortune creating highly addictive designer drugs Sheila, alone and unarmed, had killed a Marine commando Roger, a boarding school student, ran a sex ring that catered to the most depraved tastes All of their offenses went unpunished And all of the criminals were barely fourteen years oldAs Claudia s research turned up further cases, Peter realized they were on to much than just a story For these children were either the last hope for Mankind s survivalor the beginning of the end of what it meant to be human Another one that stuck in my head without title attached I wish it hadn t. Children of the Thunder is a science fiction novel by John Brunner.John Brunner has written a really wonderful book THE SHEEP LOOK UP that I should probably re read This book came close but not quite to the despondency that Earth is supposed to face in the present near future.There is developing computers in this book and witch scares about AIDS making this a little dated, but when the whole think is rolled together then it makes for one loud polluted toxic page fart Kids They do the darned Children of the Thunder is a science fiction novel by John Brunner.John Brunner has written a really wonderful book THE SHEEP LOOK UP that I should probably re read This book came close but not quite to the despondency that Earth is supposed to face in the present near future.There is developing computers in this book and witch scares about AIDS making this a little dated, but when the whole think is rolled together then it makes for one loud polluted toxic page fart Kids They do the darnedest things This kid, Dave, is a computer whiz who makes designer drugs that often kill people as a byway Oh well He is the product of an artificially inseminated mother and seems to have some kind of charm about him He looks at you and touches you and you think it s a good idea to just drop down and suck him off, forget about the crap he s pulled What a card Bad seeds are all over the place These kids are up to no good committing theft, vandalism, sex ring rackets and murder It s ok, good kids right.they get away with it On top of this book is some news blurbs popping up about a General Thrower who is trying to get England into ship shape with bringing back the h bomb and getting rid of anyone not of white euro stock He is putting the polluted pox cherry on the top of the toxic world trash heap One guy is just involved with all this as a science editor, he and his acquaintance are trying to figure out why these kids, there s a few out there, don t fit into the normal pattern of bad kid with bad situations They excel in the bad situations and no one seems to do anything about it What s going to happen since no one can get certain foods to take any without a virus beating it to extinction Animals are getting cancer very easily Chain reactions of the food chain dying out Everything will be unaffordable Trash food is cheap.I don t like the way Brunner sometimes glosses over the characters and plot developments in one or two sentence bursts He just drops facts and tidbits in a sentence without flesh sometimes This book is no exception for me I find myself rereading a sentence, ok so this kid here just blew this rocket up and it was to see a program on his computer worked Yep ok, got it, couple sentences, big boom Although by the end of the book I was going bananas to get to the climax, regardless, there was just enough meat anyway to keep the bones in my mouth and swallowing the final bone splinter gagged me, but in a way that I was definitely grinning gristle happy teeth.Originally posted this review on sfbook.com Another hugely compelling dystopian novel by John Brunner who I was introduced to via the very impressive The Sheep Look Up This story has a similar background of greedy companies and xenophobic governments destroying the world one scandal and environmental disaster at a time, presented in short news clips However, the central plot is focused on a journalist and a researcher trying to verify stories of children with mysterious powers in an increasingly totalitarian and racist Britain.I found t Another hugely compelling dystopian novel by John Brunner who I was introduced to via the very impressive The Sheep Look Up This story has a similar background of greedy companies and xenophobic governments destroying the world one scandal and environmental disaster at a time, presented in short news clips However, the central plot is focused on a journalist and a researcher trying to verify stories of children with mysterious powers in an increasingly totalitarian and racist Britain.I found this as hard to put down as The Sheep Look Up, but the payoff was not as satisfying to me It s rather open ended as with The Sheep Look Up, but the paths of the main characters areprescribed A sort of twist at the end is highly obvious in retrospect, but also didn t feel particularly interesting to me, or very relevant to the themes the story had been examining Ultimately I feel like there was a degree of conflict between the personal story Brunner wanted to tell of the main characters and the wider environmental story he wanted to tell about the world, which left both a little underserved An enjoyable read, but I don t think it ll stick with me in the same way as The Sheep Look Up review of John Brunner s Children of Thunder by tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE December 23, 2013 This might be called Brunner s Demon Seed novel, it centers around exceptionally successfully manipulative children I m reminded of the grim picture of children in the background of his Players at the Game of People 1980 see my review here of Anthony Burgess s A Clockwork Orange 1962 , wch I ve read, of John Wyndham s The Midwich Cuckoos 1957 fi review of John Brunner s Children of Thunder by tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE December 23, 2013 This might be called Brunner s Demon Seed novel, it centers around exceptionally successfully manipulative children I m reminded of the grim picture of children in the background of his Players at the Game of People 1980 see my review here of Anthony Burgess s A Clockwork Orange 1962 , wch I ve read, of John Wyndham s The Midwich Cuckoos 1957 filmed as Village of the Damned , wch I probably haven t read but wch I might ve experienced in movie form As is typical of so many of my reviews of Brunner novels, I find it difficult to write about w o spoiling the plot for interested readers However, it s safe to quote from the 1st page s promotional excerpt Crystal Knight was thirteen, and she didn t mind saying so to her johns To the police, of course, she indignantly claimed she was sixteen She knew there wasn t going to be any argument For some reason she couldn t fathom, she d grown very good at persuading people to do as she wanted Not long after she embarked on her career she d even talked a drunk, sadistic john out of slashing her with a knifeand into turning it on himself For the rest of her life, she would be able to visualize again that squalid room, that rumpled bed, liter after liter of blood spewing out, so red, so redThis is the 1st post AIDS Brunner novel I ve read, its copyright date is 1988, AIDS has a substantial presence Yet another group of famine desperate black refugees had penetrated the cordon sanitaire the South Africans maintained along their northern border, and duly been shot down on the grounds they were biological warfare vectorsThere was no doubt who was going to win this particular war of attrition the Afrikaners, like other wealthy advanced nations, had the AIDS vaccine while their opponents just had AIDS p 11 As w Brunner s groundbreaking The Sheep Look Up see my review here , humans are destroying the planet in short order the children may be a reaction against this or a major contribution to it In Brunner s future, email is here but voice mail isn t, he remembered he had checked neither his answering machine nor his email p 21 , Maybe email would beinteresting His modem still being up, he entered his net code and dumped the contents of his mailbox into local memory p 22 The rest was junk mail Thank goodness they d been forced to abandon the idea of billing users for incoming messages p 22 Some day he was going to buy one of those new gadgets that wiped junk automatically unless countermanded p 22 There s also Minitel, wch I 1st read of in a bk about French artist ORLAN see my review here Admittedly, it would be a lotfun to log on to Minitel he understood French pretty well and spend a while with AMY or AMANDINE or one of the other erotica service, the like of which had never been permitted in Britain although they thrived across the Channel p 23 The dismal presence of the Reagan era fundamentalism plays a major background role At first they related to attempts by fundamentalists to take over major centers of American education, using the vast monetary leverage they had accumulated as the millennium approached and the faithful grew less and less confident that the Rapture would save them seven years before the onset of Armageddon pp 58 59 The funders moved in with an offer of a million dollar endowment for a department of creation science she made the quote marks audible on condition that funding for my sabbatical was withdrawn and my tenure cancelled Can they do that I thought once you had tenure p 105 Can they do that Ask political conceptual artist Adrian Piper For her refusal to return to the United States while listed as a Suspicious Traveler on the U.S Transportation Security Administration s Watch List, Wellesley College forcibly terminated her tenured full professorship in philosophy in 2008 The reader is warned against secret police computer censorship And even as he pursed his lips, the lines on the screen wiggled into illegibility for a moment, then reformed as garbage He jumped to his feet, abruptly furious The bastards The bastardsHe recognized the warning Special Branch or SIS, or whichever there wasn t much distinction between the various British police agencies any longer had been prompt to obey Big Brother at Langley Here were data the ordinary citizen of the UK was not supposed to access p 59 While I certainly found this Brunner to be stimulating like that it s the longest of his bks that I ve read yet I usually like long as an opportunity for greater detail to develop , it was, alas, entirely too predictable When I got to who knew so much about advances in modern science and had suggested that Constanza visit England, where doctors were making amazing new discoveries in the field of infertility The treatment had been like a miracle Within a month or her return she had come smiling to him to report her pregnancy p 92 , I wrote a note to myself Exactly the explanation I ve been waiting for In other words, none of the big surprises were a surprise at all Since I think some of these revelations are pretty obvious from the get go, I don t feel like I m spoiling by quoting another crucial part Not one of them is the natural child of his or her ostensible father They were all conceived by artinsem Or, as you may have known it before its initials clashed with a well known disease, AID p 131 HOWEVER, I stop there There s one other quote that I cd add that clinched the predictability of it all, it s very tempting to quote it, but that really wd be spoiling it Brunner has the potentially sympathetic characters ultimately compromised in ways that make them unsympathetic even the investigative reporter comes down quite a few notches b c of his neglect of his daughter An Italian farmer who might be initially admirable is shown to be an intolerant violent despot And lately it had emerged that for some reason to do with fertilizers or other chemicals, or some such kind of modern aids to husbandry which Renato had enthusiastically adopted under Fabio s guidance, the buyer from Genoa whose firm had for half a century purchased olive oil from the Tessolari estate at an advantageous price, had this year offeredto the cooperative, on the grounds that theirs could be exported to the health conscious USA as organically grown This was of course an affront not to be tolerated p 95 The construction of the Channel Tunnel, or Chunnel , wd ve just started when this bk was written even tho it was conceived of as early as 1802 didn t get finished until 1994, 5 yrs after this was published Here,doubt had been cast on the viability of the Chunnel by a psychiatrist who had carried out tests at the Fr jus runnel under the Alps on a group of long distance lorry drivers, normally supposed to be a stolid bunch A third of them had declined to complete the four successive runs that he had asked of them, because they had developed claustrophobia p 103 The success of the manipulation of the children ties in w the onset of puberty In the case of the girls, their menstrual cycle effects it Later, to Matthew and Doreen s horror, the police confiscated the contents of the drawer in Tracy s bedside table, calling them stolen goods Yet, when the case came to court, it was the other girls who were reprimanded and put on probation, and ordered to return everything to the defiant Tracy, still wearing plaster on her many wounds That, though, was in the middle of her month It was her greatest triumph so far In between wheedling her parents around to the view that she absolutely must move to a different school which wasn t hard she savored the discovery that her magic could be made to work on adults, too Provided, of course, the time was right p 111 Each chapter begins w an italicized TV news report text that sets the mood for the chaos for the rise to political power of a race baiting ultra militarist figure Many claim they were beaten up because they weren t wearing the red white and blue ribbons lately adopted by supporters of General Thrower p 121 Of course, some of the news is faked one character calls out another for doing this The first time a hoax like that was pulled, as I recall, was during the Spanish American War p 165 That one was William Randolph Hearst s baby Much of the dystopia in the novel reflects what were then current events in the US In 1985, President Reagan visited a cemetery near Bitburg in Germany to honor dead German soldiers as a diplomatic move to indicate that Germany the US were now allies who had left their enemy past behind Unfortunately, many of the soldiers thus honored were SS, the elite of the genocidal nazi forces Speaking in West Germany at a rally organized by descendants of servicemen who dies in World War II, General Sir Hampton Thrower praised the valiant spirit of the fallen p 199 W o giving away the page number, there s one quote that I can give wch doesn t exactly spoil anything wch does sum up nicely a philosophical thread We cannot afford the luxury known as a conscience The enemy we are up against certainly doesn t have one, so we are obliged to be absolutely rational