As many of you will know, John Brunner, one of the finest SF writers the UK has produced, died during the 1995 Worldcon in Glasgow. I was only just getting back into fandom at the time, and didn’t know anyone much, so I wasn’t really aware of Brunner’s family. Imagine my surprise, therefore, to get an email last week from his widow. Mrs. Brunner, it turns out, is still living in the same house she shared with John, which is in a part of Darkest Somerset that is even more remote, if rather prettier, than where I live. For a Chinese lady who has lost her English husband, this must be rather hard.
Thankfully we have the Internet, which not only helped Liyi find, somewhat accidentally, someone else in the SF community who lives in the same county, but has also allowed her to share her memories of her husband. The BBC is currently running a competition called My Story in which people from all over the UK are encouraged to write short autobiographical tales. Liyi managed to get hers online, and is getting a lot of votes from readers. You can find it here.
Liz Williams and I are going to try to get over to see Liyi once the various religious festivities are over. In the meantime, if any fans of John Brunner’s work want to send her Christmas greetings, please do so in comments.