September 17th 2007

Stand on Zanzibar. John Brunner

Stand on Zanzibar. John Brunner. 1968 1857988361. Thanks to Steven Forth for pushing me to find this book. Written in ’68 about the 2010 time frame and what a wonderful read this has been! Brunner has a sense of the future unlike most I have read plus he is a strong and inventive writer. He tries several innovative techniques, including stream of consciousness. which will have the reader going every which way. But it works. The background character Chad Mulligan makes pithy and relevant comments on society in this crowded, paranoid and resource poor world powered by mega corporations. If you can get into this book, i.e. past the first three to four chapters, it is well worth the read. Take that Stephen King!

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