Stand on Zanzibar

John Brunner

“Stand on Zanzibar, John Brunner’s magnificent novel that won the 1969 Hugo Award, is now available with an introduction by Bruce Sterling.

General Technics is one of the few all-powerful companies with a rising executive named Norman Niblock House. His work is propelling General Technics to the top of the global power structure, both commercially and politically—it is poised to annex a nation in Africa. He shares a room with a bookworm who appears embarrassed named Donald Hogan. However, Hogan is a spy and about to make a world-changing discovery in genetic engineering that will also endanger his life.

One of science fiction’s most well-regarded novels is intertwined with the lives of these two guys. Stand on Zanzibar, written in a style reminiscent of John Dos Passos’ U.S.A. Trilogy is a snapshot of a globe filled with many billions of people. Where god-like mega computers, widely available psychedelic substances, and routine applications of genetic engineering are squeezing humanity into hive-living insanity, although it was written in 1968, it is eerily prophetic and incredibly potent since it relates to the present.”