The Crucible of Time

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The Crucible of Time
The Crucible of Time - John Brunner 1983 cover.jpg
First edition
AuthorJohn Brunner
Cover artistDon Dixon
GenreScience fiction
PublisherDel Rey/Ballantine
Publication date
Sep 1983
Media typePrint (Hardcover)
Pages288 pp
823' .914
LC ClassPR6052.R8C78
Followed byThe Tides of Time

The Crucible of Time is a fix-up science fiction novel by John Brunner. It was first published in 1983.


Parts 1 and 2 appeared in Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine as "The Fire is Lit" (Sep 1982) and "Fusing and Refusing" (Jan 1983).


The novel deals with the efforts of an alien species to escape their homeworld, whose system is passing through a cloud of interstellar debris, resulting in a high rate of in-falling matter. The species' unique biology and their biological technology complicate matters.



  1. ^ "Time". Retrieved 24 September 2010.
  2. ^ "1984 Locus Poll Award". ISFDB Bibliographic database. Retrieved 21 September 2010.

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