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Stand On Zanzibar (original 1968; edition 1973)

by John Brunner

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Stand on Zanzibar by John Brunner (1968)

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    Escape to Other Worlds with Science Fiction: A Tor.Com Original by Jo Walton (aulsmith)
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    U.S.A. by John Dos Passos (aulsmith)
    aulsmith: Brunner modeled his narrative structure on this classic by Dos Passos.
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amazing book - difficult esp. at first, but definitely a must read for literate sf fans - does have a bit of a jarring climax ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
I loved it, particularly near the middle. I wish Chad C. Mulligan really did exist and write, because I'd love to read more than just excerpts from his books. (He's a bit like Spider Jerusalem, only more of a sociologist than a journalist.) Overall, an interesting take on human society--and what overpopulation does to it. ( )
  wealhtheowwylfing | Feb 29, 2016 |
Science fiction that entralls as it makes you think about the population explosion [we already face]. Told in an experimental fashion combining several different styles, this remains a classic. ( )
  dbsovereign | Jan 26, 2016 |
Ahead of its time stylistically, this strangely compelling 1967 book is firmly rooted in the late 1960s issues, extrapolated into the future. The racial ethos and geopolitical settings feel dated, as does the attempted 2010 lingo. On the other hand, the style of some of the chapters that reveal bits of advertising or broadcasting from a world saddled with overpopulation and dramatic government and social means of controlling including eugenics, anticipates twitter feeds in reading style and feels very fresh. It's fun to see what the author, who put a lot of research into the work, got right about the era we're now living in, and how much he could never have guessed at.
  DrDeFran | Jul 14, 2014 |
It is the year 2010: there are over seven billion people on an ever-increasingly overcrowded Earth. It is a time when decisions are made wholesale by super-intelligent computers, there are bases on the moon and the Mid-Atlantic is being strip-mined, and when one's genotype determines whether one can have children. Mass-marketed psychedelic drugs are taken by everyone and New York is encased in a giant dome. Three years later, and many of Brunner's predictions for the twenty-first century have not come true yet there are over seven billion people alive today and resources are becoming even more scarce.

Stand on Zanzibar is a frenetic and overwhelming novel that captures the hysteria of a dangerously over-crowded world in a unique and inventive style. The Continuity chapters follow two men whose lives are transformed and yet interlinked: Norman House works for the global mega-corporation General Technics and becomes in charge of a plan to transform an entire country from third- to first-world status, Donald Hogan is sent to an Asian country to investigate a genetic engineering break-through to transform the country's people. These chapters alone are an exciting story of politics, economics and shaping the future of the world.

Yet there is so much more to Stand on Zanzibar. Brunner fully immerses the reader in this frantic world through a similar style to Dos Passos in the USA trilogy. In Tracking with Close-ups, Brunner introduces the reader to various ancillary characters that inhabit the world; in The Happening World, he captures the vibrant and often ephemeral situations that arise in this over-crowded world; and in Context, he develops and fleshes out this world with commentary from noted (fictional) individuals, headlines etc.

Squarely in the New Wave of science fiction, Stand on Zanzibar is complex, eccentric, but above all, startlingly prescient. As Joe Haldeman (author of The Forever War) said, "sci-fi is not about predicting the future; it's about elucidating the present and the past." Brunner has captured the fears of the 1960s and 70s - the fears of scarcity and overpopulation, fears that still resonate today. And yet the book is not overly moralising. Rather, it immerses the reader in a vision of a world not unlike ours today, one that could easily come about.

Overwhelming and visionary, exciting and absorbing, Brunner's vision of the world is still fresh, still as current as when he first wrote this in 1968.
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John Brunnerprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Brin, DavidIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Burns, JimCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gómez García, JesúsTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
McMurray, JacobIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pemerle, DidierTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Robinson, Kim StanleyIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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A Hugo-award-winning novel of over-population, poitical struggles, and warped ethics. "A quite marvelous projection in which John Brunner landscapes a future that seems the natural foster child of the present...Everything compounds into a fractured tomorrow--from the population explosion to Marshall McLuhan to the Territorial Imperative to the underground press..."--Kirkus Reviews

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