Stand on Zanzibar

John Brunner
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Fascinating 'Future' World


Stand on Zanzibar gives an immersive look into a fictional future (2010) society as imagined by an author in the 1960s. It's not terribly accurate, but it's full of tons of interesting ideas and details. It took a while for me to really get into the swing of this non-novel, but I think it was worth the effort. From the neat future slang to the vignettes highlighting various aspects of Brunner's future society, I was completely hooked. I didn't feel like the characters or plot really lived up to the world-building, however, and I found myself caring more about the view into the society that the characters provided than their own success or failure. I'm glad I read this one before Brunner's future slid too far into the past!

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