Stand on Zanzibar

Stand on Zanzibar

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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.

Publisher: New York : Tor, 2011
Edition: First Orb edition
ISBN: 9780765326782
0765326787
Branch Call Number: SCI-FIC BRUNNER 2011
Characteristics: xxi, 547 pages ; 24 cm

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sehpdx
Oct 19, 2015

Brunner hits it out of the park.

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StarGladiator
Feb 19, 2015

The commenter, walzingechidna, is exactly on target! Most prescient, even the President, in this 1968 book, is called President Obomo [how closer could he have gotten????] The future is dystopian - - anyone surprised? [Always hated Brunner for his objective realism!]

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waltzingechidna
Sep 28, 2013

This is a tour de force written about 2010 back in 1968, and some of it is amazingly prescient. The reader gets tons of information about the world the characters live in through news stories, lyrics to popular songs, snippets and vignettes; all of this interleaves the stories of the two main protagonists and numerous secondary characters, whose lives intertwine in, it turns out, appalling ways. This book is much more plot-driven than I usually care for; I think the loving attention to the world-building carried me through it. A must-read for fans of dystopian science fiction.

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Sep 28, 2013

waltzingechidna thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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