Stand on Zanzibar

Stand on Zanzibar

by John Brunner
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Rock_River More than 1 year ago
There are many books written about a 'future' that has now become our present, and of course none of them can get all the details correct. The world of 2010 that Brunner imagined in Stand On Zanzibar, which was published in 1968, is quite plainly not the world of 2010 that we know; but we can't fault Brunner for that, and in fact we can say that if you ignore the technical aspects of his imagined 2010 world and look at the cultural aspects that he describes, you might be surprised at how much he got right. Brunner's 2010 New York is an overcrowded, dirty, violent place and as a result the book has a dark and gritty quality that can be a little depressing. What truly shines about the book is the way it's structured - short chapters carry seemingly unrelated storylines (that become entangled later in the book), and interweave with each other and short bursts of chapters containing fragments of news stories, adverts, comments, as if you overheard snippets of conversations and radio as you walked along a crowded city sidewalk. It gives richness to Brunner's 2010 Manhattan that no other book that I'm aware of has emulated. This is a classic that all serious sci-fi fans should read.
Nryven More than 1 year ago
Although written about forty years ago, this book is highly pertinent to NOW, when the results of the practices then and before are coming fully to light. The third world nations now have reason to regard the U.S. and Britain and third world nations because of a reversal in economics, which are the only kind of values we could or can appreciate. This is sufficient to be a textbook in a highly readable fictional format by one of the most highly regarded science fiction writers.
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