The Whole Man

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The Whole Man
Ballantine First Edition paperback cover
AuthorJohn Brunner
CountryUnited States
GenreScience fiction novel
PublisherBallantine Books
Publication date
Media typePrint (Hardcover & Paperback)
Pages188 pp

The Whole Man is a 1964 science fiction novel by John Brunner. It was nominated for a Hugo Award for Best Novel in 1965. In the UK, it was published under the title Telepathist.

This novel is often considered a turning point in Brunner's career, a step up from the space operas he'd been turning out as Ace Doubles and pointing towards the richer, more complex books exemplified by Quicksand and Stand on Zanzibar.

The book is a fix-up novel based on three earlier stories:

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After an unspecified crisis in a near-future England where telepathy has been discovered, the authorities discover Gerald Howson, a physically deformed youth with greater telepathic power than has ever been seen before. The novel details Howson's struggles to come to grips with his power and his deformity.


  • Tuck, Donald H. (1974). The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy. Chicago: Advent. p. 72. ISBN 0-911682-20-1.

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