Stand on Zanzibar

Stand on Zanzibar

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There are seven billion-plus humans crowding the surface of 21st century Earth. It is an age of intelligent computers, mass-market psychedelic drugs, politics conducted by assassination, scientists who burn incense to appease volcanoes ...all the hysteria of a dangerously overcrowded world, portrayed in a dazzlingly inventive style.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 672 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 50mm | 421.84g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Gollancz
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 8ill.
  • 1857988361
  • 9781857988369
  • 80,167

About John Brunner

John Brunner (1934-1995) was a prolific British SF writer. In 1951, he published his first novel, Galactic Storm, at the age of just 17, and went on to write dozens of novels under his own and various house names until his death in 1995 at the Glasgow Worldcon. He won the Hugo Award and the British Science Fiction Award for Stand on Zanzibar (a regular contender for the 'best SF novel of all time') and the British Science Fiction Award for The Jagged Orbit.show more

Review Text

This is quite a marvelous projection in which John Brunner landscapes a future that seems the natural foster child of the present. Roughly, it follows the careers of two individuals - Norman Niblock House, a young, super-geared "Afram" working for the monolithic General Technic Corporation, with its megabrain computer "Shalmanser" and its plan to buy and monopolize the backward company of Beninia. Racial tensions have eased but not evaporated and Norman is the product of Black Awareness that has turned into Black Self-Consciousness. His roommate, Donald, is a mild student when first met, but he had been recruited by the Secret Service years before. During the course of operations, he is activated, programmed as an assassin, and sent to another remote country to investigate the announcement that a genetics genius has managed to come up with the happy combination that will make all unborn children predetermined prodigies. Everything compounds into a fractured tomorrow here - from the population explosion to Marshall McLuhan to the Territorial Imperative to the underground press, in this case a marvelous manifesto called "the Hipcrime Vocab." It would be a Squarecrime for the Sci-Fi audience to miss this. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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4 34% (3,949)
3 21% (2,363)
2 6% (699)
1 3% (292)
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