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A truly important piece of Science Fiction,
This review is from: Stand On Zanzibar (Paperback)
In "Stand on Zanzibar" John Brunner explores the social human condition in an entertaining and thought provoking way. The book is a cross section view of life in the early part of the 21 Century, with several sub-plots and fictional news bulletins lending insights into different aspects of everyday existence and the sort of problems people encounter. As the narrative proceeds, two main characters and their stories emerge and we get to accompany them on their journey to try and make sense of the society they live in. It is amazing to witness the way that Brunner ties all the seemingly separate sequences of events together to give us a comprehensive insight into a fictional future world, though different in many details, alarmingly similar in essence to our present world and where we appear to be heading. The manner in which the book is written is also in itself very "modern" and seems to be a product more of our own time than when it was written, with its quick pace and bombardment of information from all directions. I couldn't agree more with Joe Haldeman's statement on the cover: that it's time for a new generation to read it.