#10029 Stand on Zanzibar. John Brunner.
John Brunner

Stand on Zanzibar

Stand on Zanzibar by John Brunner, published in 1968, is a groundbreaking science fiction novel set in a dystopian 2010. Tackling issues of overpopulation, genetic engineering, and media saturation, the book offers a fragmented, multi-layered narrative that mirrors the information overload of its envisioned world. Winning the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 1969, it's a seminal work of the New Wave movement in 1960s science fiction.

Hardcover. First Edition, First Printing. Octavo, cloth. New York: Doubleday, 1968. Hugo Award winner (1969). Pringle, Science Fiction: The 100 Best Novels (53). #10029.
Fine copy in a near fine dust jacket, showing less than usual shelf wear at the extremities. Overall, an impressive copy for this title.

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Stand on Zanzibar is a groundbreaking science fiction novel written by John Brunner and first published in 1968. The title is a reference to the idea that, by the year 2010, the Earth's population would be so vast that all the people, standing shoulder to shoulder, would occupy an area the size of the island of Zanzibar.

Set in a dystopian 2010, the narrative paints a picture of an overcrowded world, grappling with a myriad of sociopolitical issues ranging from overpopulation, genetic engineering, and corporate power to rampant drug use and media saturation. The world Brunner imagines is a place where eugenics is practiced, where the U.S. and the Soviet Union are engaged in a cold war, and where "muckers"—individuals who suddenly snap and embark on violent rampages—have become a societal concern.

Brunner's storytelling technique is non-linear and fragmented, interspersing the main narrative with short chapters that offer insights, background, and world-building. These short chapters, resembling news snippets, quotes, and even entire books, create a mosaic that provides a more comprehensive understanding of the world's state.

The novel was highly acclaimed upon its release for its innovative style and its uncanny predictions about the future. Brunner's vision touched on themes that are even more relevant today, such as the environmental consequences of rapid industrialization and the ethical considerations surrounding artificial intelligence.

Stand on Zanzibar went on to win the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 1969, remains a seminal work in the science fiction genre, and is considered part of the New Wave movement of science fiction popular in the sixties.

John Brunner's four dystopian novels—Stand on ZanzibarThe Jagged OrbitThe Sheep Look Up, and The Shockwave Rider—are often grouped together and referred to as his "Club of Rome Quartet" or simply Brunner's dystopian quartet. These novels, written in the late 1960s and early 1970s, are considered some of Brunner's best works. Each novel delves into different aspects of potential future societal problems: overpopulation, racial tension, environmental degradation, and the implications of computer technology, respectively.