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Stand on Zanzibar
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Author John Brunner
Length Novel
ISFDB ISFDB entry Stand on Zanzibar
Genre Science Fiction
Story Survey
Starting Genre sf
Starting Perspective 3rd
Starting Tense past tense
Starting Action Level 2 (out of 5)
Starting Hook Level 2.5 (out of 5)
Starting Tension Level 1 (out of 5)
Starting Genre Level 4 (out of 5)
Reviewer Fritz
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"There is nothing wilful or arbitrary about the Innis mode of expression. Were it to be translated into perspective prose, it would not only require huge space, but the insight into the modes of interplay among forms of organisation would also be lost. Innis sacrificed point of view and prestige to his sense of the urgent need for insight. A point of view can be a dangerous luxury when substituted for insight and understanding. As Innis got more insight he abandoned any mer point of view in his presentation of knowledge. When he interrelates the development of the steam press with 'the consolidation of the vernaculars' and the rise of nationalism and revolution he is not reporting is not reporting anybody's point of view, least of all his own. He is setting up a mosaic configuration or galaxy for insight . . . Innis makes no effort to 'spell out' the interrelations between components in his galaxy. He offers no consumer packages in his later work, but only do-it-yourself kits . . ."

-- Marshall McLuhan: The Gutenberg Galaxy'

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Stock cue VISUAL: cliptage, splitscreen, cut in bridgemelder, Mr. & Mrs. Everwhere depthunder (today MAMP, Mid-Atlantic Mining Project), spaceover (today freefly-suiting), transiting (today Simplon Acceleratube), digging (today as every homimage with autoshout).



Stand on Zanzibar

    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.

Author:John Brunner
Genre:Science Fiction, New Wave SF, Dystopia
Tags:New Wave SF, Dystopia, Third Person, Pick, Hugo Winner, Story Survey, Read, PoFTL
Comment:This is one of the few novels that I've tried to listen to in audio form and just couldn't do it. It was too complex and nuanced for me to keep up the narrative without having the actual words in front of me.
Library:Titles S (Library Box Cross Ref)
Box:B13 (e),B28 (e)
ISFDB:title entry, cover gallery
Amazon:Kindle, Paperback, Audio

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Stand on Zanzibar (1968)
by John Brunner
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