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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,203 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Brunner Narrator: Erik Bergmann Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2011 ISBN: 9781427211132
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A wake-up call to a world slumbering in the opium dream of consumerisum; in the hazy certainty that we humans were in charge of nature. Science fiction is not about predicting the future, it's about elucidating the present and the past. Brunner's 1968 nightmare is crystallizing around us, in ways he could not have foreseen then. If the right people had read this book, and acted in accordance with its precepts and spirit, our world would not be in such precarious shape today. Maybe it's time for a new generation to read it. Joe Haldeman

  • A quite marvelous projection in which John Brunner landscapes a future that seems the natural foster child of the present. Kirkus Reviews

  • “A quite marvelous projection in which John Brunner landscapes a future that seems the natural foster child of the present.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “A wake-up call to a world slumbering in the opium dream of consumerism, in the hazy certainty that we humans were in charge of nature. Science fiction is not about predicting the future, it’s about elucidating the present and the past. Brunner’s 1968 nightmare is crystallizing around us, in ways he could not have foreseen then. If the right people had read this book and acted in accordance with its precepts and spirit, our world would not be in such precarious shape today. Maybe it’s time for a new generation to read it.”

    Joe Haldeman, author of the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus Award–winning The Forever War

  • Winner of the 1969 Hugo Award for Best Novel

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Skip Knox | 2/12/2014

    " This book blew me away when I first read it. I know now that this approach has been used by others, but for me it was a first. Besides the approach, the message and the prose are both excellent. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eric Schumacher-rasmussen | 2/9/2014

    " Back in print, finally. Can't wait to read again. (Now that I have, 28 or so years after the first time, I can say without reservation it's one of the best sci-fi books ive ever read.) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 johanna | 2/5/2014

    " I loved this non-novel. at first it was hard to follow the style of the book but then it started to flow. it was so interesting reading a book written in the 60s about 2010. as usually we are no where near having all the technology that these sci-fi writers envision but we are very close the topics presented in this book- eugenics, cloning, etc. and the character Chad Mulligan says nothing untrue of our society today. this character has inspired me to be more forth coming with my own social writing. I highly recommend this book. it is thought provoking and insightful to our present 2011 world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt | 1/21/2014

    " A sweeping and ambitious book - it's hard to imagine that it was written 55 years ago. The story takes place in 2010 and hits home in a lot of places. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cirque | 1/13/2014

    " didn't do alot for me "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tony | 1/6/2014

    " Interesting re-read of this classic, which I originally read in my teens. At 52, it's a whole new adventure. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michael Brady | 4/6/2013

    " Brunner's classic repulsed two prior attempts to engage its challenging style. I think I had to wait for reality to catch up with its wry cynicism (which dates from 1968). I made more headway this time but I couldn't get past the 1/3 point. "It's not you, it's me" I guess... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dara | 3/21/2013

    " sci fi to the max "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David Schwan | 8/18/2012

    " This is the original cyberpunk novel. Read this in high school. A classic! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tim Clouse | 2/10/2012

    " One of the most accurate in the genre. Turns out that my job (synthesist) was reasonably well described (except for the military aspects) in the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeremy Warner | 11/11/2011

    " Pretty interesting take on 2010 from a 1960's perspective. Well written, complex story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dwayne | 5/29/2011

    " I was amazed by this book--and also a little bewildered. There was so much going on that I found it hard to follow everything. However, I stuck it out and it all made sense in the end. I would like to read it again, just to see what new things I could get out of it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 4/30/2011

    " ego but...
    I don't like the way the good guys are so good but the story works "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Thomas | 2/9/2011

    " This is one of the best Science -fiction novels of the 1960s. Some aspects of the book are somewhat dated-names of countries, slang-terms that the characters speak, to name two examples, it's overall message still speaks to us in 2011. Read it as soon as possible. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Guillaume | 1/19/2011

    " Un non-roman de science-fiction plutôt intéressant bien qu'il souffre de quelques passages un peu long. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vaughn | 3/12/2007

    " this falls into the category of books that appeal to me because they depict beautiful things senselessly destroyed. "

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About the Author
Author John Brunner

John Brunner (1934–1995) was born in Preston Crowmarsh, Great Britain. He is the author of over one hundred books, including the Hugo Award–winning Stand on Zanzibar, as well as The Jagged Orbit, The Sheep Look Up, The Shockwave Rider, A Maze of Stars, and The Compleat Traveller in Black. In addition to writing mystery, science fiction, and fantasy novels, he was a linguist and translator and served as an officer in the Royal Air Force.

About the Narrator

Erik Bergmann is a winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award. He is the narrator of the Area 51 and Justice League audiobook series, as well as the voice of Fred on the companion audiobook for the Warner Bros. feature film Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed. He has also dabbled in television, making appearances on Saturday Night Live and doing voice-over work for Random! Cartoons.