Stand On Zanzibar: The Hugo Award-winning Novel by John BrunnerStand On Zanzibar: The Hugo Award-winning Novel by John Brunner

Stand On Zanzibar: The Hugo Award-winning Novel

byJohn BrunnerForeword byBruce Sterling

Paperback | August 16, 2011

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Norman Niblock House is a rising executive at General Technics, one of a few all-powerful corporations. His work is leading General Technics to the forefront of global domination, both in the marketplace and politically---it's about to take over a country in Africa. Donald Hogan is his roommate, a seemingly sheepish bookworm. But Hogan is a spy, and he's about to discover a breakthrough in genetic engineering that will change the world...and kill him.

These two men's lives weave through one of science fiction's most praised novels. Written in a way that echoes John Dos Passos' U.S.A. Trilogy, Stand on Zanzibar is a cross-section of a world overpopulated by the billions. Where society is squeezed into hive-living madness by god-like mega computers, mass-marketed psychedelic drugs, and mundane uses of genetic engineering. Though written in 1968, it speaks of 2010, and is frighteningly prescient and intensely powerful.

JOHN BRUNNER (1934-1995) published his first novel pseudonymously at the age of 17, and through the 1950s and early 1960s wrote many SF adventure novels. His work grew more ambitious in the late 1960s; Stand on Zanzibar, a Hugo Award-winner, is generally regarded as his greatest achievement.
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Title:Stand On Zanzibar: The Hugo Award-winning NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:576 pages, 9.13 × 6.17 × 1.01 inPublished:August 16, 2011Publisher:Tom Doherty AssociatesLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0765326787

ISBN - 13:9780765326782

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book So many possibles that I have enjoyed in this book. Such a great writer and such an interesting future.
Date published: 2017-07-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love this book I first read this in the early 80's and was interesting at the time how close he came to his future vision. It was, and still is, one of my favaourite books. I re-read Zanzibar it a couple of years ago, and of course as the years go by, it misses the mark more and more. I found I still enjoyed it a lot by changing my mindset to be that this is an alternate reality book. For the new reader this should not be a stretch at all. I personally found the pacing and style still held up well. In a not so fair comparison, also I re-read the original Foundation books (Asimov), a couple of years ago, which were written in the '50s and found that while I still enjoyed the books, it was hard to get over how much has changed compared to when it was written (technology and future vision), as well as how difficult it was to read because the pace was so slow. Not so with Stand On Zanzibar. With extremely short 'chapters' and a huge number of characters, I was compelled to continue turning pages to see what happens to who next.
Date published: 2013-06-04

Editorial Reviews

"A wake-up call to a world slumbering in the opium dream of consumerisum; in the hazy certainty that we humans were in charge of nature. Science fiction is not about predicting the future, it's about elucidating the present and the past. Brunner's 1968 nightmare is crystallizing around us, in ways he could not have foreseen then. If the right people had read this book, and acted in accordance with its precepts and spirit, our world would not be in such precarious shape today. Maybe it's time for a new generation to read it." -Joe Haldeman"A quite marvelous projection in which John Brunner landscapes a future that seems the natural foster child of the present." -Kirkus Reviews