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Stand on Zanzibar by John Brunner
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Dec 26, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: science-fiction, too-sexy-for-maiden-aunts
Read in January, 1975

Definitely one of the best SF dystopias, which IMHO deserved more attention. OK, it's fair that "1984" and "Brave New World" received greater critical acclaim - there's no doubt that they are better. But there must be a hundred people who have read them for every one who's read Zanzibar, and that's not an accurate reflection of the difference in quality. Brunner has some interesting things to say that you won't find in either of the other two books, and he writes quite well.

By the way, in case you're wondering: the title is based on the computation that, when the action takes place, you would require the surface area of the island of Zanzibar to find standing room for the entire population of the Earth.
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message 1: by Jennifer (new) - added it

Jennifer So. I just finished The Sheep Look Up. And just found out that its the sequel to this book. I liked the book. Will I be completely confused if I read this one now??

Manny I don't think so... as I recall, it's mostly a panorama of their world, and the plot is less important...

message 3: by Murf the Surf (new)

Murf the Surf Your review is quite enticing Manny, and the book sounds quite enriching in my plethora of sci-fi books I've been reading, and want to read over the years. I've read the other two you'd mentioned. Cheers

Manny I think this book is currently being rediscovered. Quite a lot of people seem to have read and liked it in the last two or three years...

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