Austin P. Train or Austin Proudfoot Train is the philosophical inspiration and leader of the Trainites, a radical environmentalist movement in John Brunner's 1972 ecological dystopia The Sheep Look Up. His character serves a similar purpose to Xavier Conroy in The Jagged Orbit or to Chad Mulligan in Stand on Zanzibar: He is an academic who, despite predicting and interpreting social change, has become disillusioned by the failure of society to listen. This character is used both to drive the plot and to explain back-story to the reader.


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