John Brunner (1934-1995) was a prolific British author of science fiction novels and stories. His 1968 novel Stand on Zanzibar, about an overpopulated world, won the 1968 Hugo Award for best science fiction novel. It also won the BSFA award the same year. The Jagged Orbit won the BSFA award in 1970. He served as an officer in the Royal Air Force from 1953 to 1955. His health began to decline in the 1980s, and worsened with the death of his wife Marjorie in 1986. Brunner died of a heart attack in Glasgow, Scotland on 25 August 1995, while attending the World Science Fiction Convention there.