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  • Taschenbuch: 672 Seiten
  • Verlag: Orion Publishing Co; Auflage: New Ed (12. August 1999)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1857988361
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857988369
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13 x 4 x 19,8 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.0 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (2 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 32.924 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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Thirty-year old predictions have a habit of going stale, but not John Brunner's startling panoramic view of the year 2010. Even where he got the future we almost inhabit wrong, he understood where things were oing--"Conincidence You weren't paying attention to the other half of what was going on"--and his world of Artificial Intelligence, gene-engineering, psychedelics, government-sponsored murder and brainwashing is frighteningly enough like our own. Constantly panning from a few individuals and their stories to the chatter of the media and sudden chunks of crucial text, Stand on Zanzibar was a ground-breaking novel in which Brunner broke wide open the stylistic and narrative conventions of SF, and set the agenda for the next decades. Packed with memorable characters--the computer Shalmaneser, the incestuous racist Clodard family, Presidents and newscasters--and sudden flashes of insight from rebel sociologist Chad Mulligan. "Rumour Believe all you hear. Your world may not be a better one than the one the blocks live in but it'll be a sight more vivid." Stand on Zanzibar is a masterpiece of speculative sociological SF, which some have described as a nightmare vision and others as a possible world better than what we are likely to get. --Roz Kaveney

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"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."
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9 von 10 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von V. Wanner am 16. September 2007
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
Durch die ersten 20-30 Seiten von "Stand on Zanzibar" muss man sich wirklich durchkämpfen. Kurze Abrisse, wie aus einem Bewusstseinsstrom der Weltnachrichten - nur aus einer fiktiven Welt, mit merklich verändertem Englisch und anderen kulturellen Bezugspunkten. Man soll an diesem Punkt aber auch nicht alles verstehen. Tatsächlich erinnert man sich beim Lesen hin und wieder an Teile dieser immer wieder im Buch verstreuten Nachrichtenschnipsel, die zu dem Zeitpunkt noch keinen Sinn machten, aber am entsprechenden Punkt zu wertvollem Hintergrundwissen werden.

John Brunner arbeitet, ähnlich wie z.B. Babel-17 (Auch aus der Millenium SF Masterworks Reihe) sehr viel mit Sprache. Der Zukunftsjargon den er für dieses Buch kreiert schafft eine glaubwürdige Atmosphäre.

Das Geburtsjahr 1968 merkt man dem Buch anhand der etwas sexistischen Untertöne und einer recht naiven Einstellung zu Homosexualität/Rassismus an. Auch die Darstellung der Themen Nationalismus/Patriotismus wirkt nach dem Fall des eisernen Vorhangs leicht angestaubt.
Dennoch bleibt "Stand on Zanzibar" beeindruckend prophetisch im Bezug auf viele Entwicklungen und auch 2007 noch relevant.

Ein klassischer Ableger von Ideen-ScieneFiction, aber sprachlich meisterhaft und gealtert wie guter Wein.
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Von DeeHexi am 22. Januar 2015
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in englisch oder deutsch? Nagut, deutsch. Also, wer der englischen Sprache nicht ganz maechtig ist, sollte es lassen dieses Buch zu kaufen. Ich bin Uebersetzerin und sogar ich habe so meine kleinen Probleme. Sehr eigenartig geschrieben, aber ansonsten ein gutes Buch.
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A heady collage and futuristic homage to Dos Passos 17. April 2004
Von D. Cloyce Smith - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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British writer John Brunner's novel, first published in 1968 (it won both the Hugo and British Science Fiction awards, and four years later, the French Prix Apollo), is certainly one of the most literary, complex, challenging, even difficult works of science fiction written during the twentieth century. Yet, in spite of the hurdles it may present some readers, the book manages also to be fast-paced and hysterically funny.

One of the triumphs of Brunner's book is that it can be read on any number of levels, which is probably why it seems to resonate with readers of extraordinarily divergent tastes. Having read it twice (once as a bookwormish Valley brat and now twenty-odd years later as a still-bookwormish publishing professional), I am not surprised that this book might be entirely different beasts to different readers; the enthralling, bewildering thriller I remembered from my adolescence has somehow transformed itself into a darkly sardonic political and social commentary--and I like both versions just fine.

The novel is not, at first, an easy read. Its "unique" jump-cut/collage structure, its pseudo-hip prose style, its fabricated lingo--all are modeled rather precisely on John Dos Passos's classic American classic trilogy, "U.S.A." Like Dos Passos, Brunner interlaces chapters in several strands. The bulk of the storyline appears in the "Continuity" chapters, which detail the misadventures of secret agent Donald Hogan and corporate executive Norman House, and the "Tracking with Closeups" chapters, which describe two dozen characters who are peripheral to the action. The other two strands--"Context" and "The Happening World"--provide background material (film descriptions, encyclopedia entries, song lyrics, document excerpts, advertising jingles, news stories, etc.) that catalog a world drowning in both information overload and an excess of people who would no longer be able to stand "on the island of Zanzibar without some of them being over ankles in the sea." Much of the novel revolves around how various nations and individuals deal with the perceived need to limit births both in number and in quality. (A helpful hint to the baffled reader: "Read the Directions," the first chapter in "The Happening World" sequence, serves as both a dramatis personae and a jargon decoder.)

After the first 75 pages or so, once you're accustomed to the pace, the book is smooth sailing; it's as much a novel to be admired as enjoyed. And it's one of the most wickedly, playfully funny books ever written--in any genre. The plot is far too complicated to attempt to summarize here; suffice it to say that Donald is trying to thwart a potentially dangerous and politically volatile eugenics program and Norman is struggling to increase his company's profits while simultaneously enriching an underdeveloped yet perplexingly peaceful African nation.

The two plots seem disconnected, yet at heart is the juxtaposition of naked greed and dignified idealism, of selfishness and altruism, of capitalism and communalism, of totalitarianism and anarchy. (At times, the overt political and sociological messages recall Le Guin's "The Dispossessed.") Or, as the character Chad Mulligan puts it in one of his sociological treatises, "applying the yardstick of extremism leads one to conclude that the human species is unlikely to last very long." Yet Brunner avoids the trap of losing himself in the hopelessness of his nightmarish world; instead, the resilience of human ingenuity and the vision for a better world still stand a chance, even on Zanzibar.
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Uniquely Structured and Rewarding 19. April 2002
Von S. MARTYNIUK - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
I can't remember what prompted me to re-read this lovely book but I ordered it from Amazon recently and was not disappointed.
Science fiction which attempts to forecast the near-future often fails as the prophesies are either too obvious or fail to come to life. In this case John Brunner demonstrated - in 1967 - an extraordinary facility the understand and describe issues which the rest of us did not catch up on till 20 or 30 years later.
The writing technique used is quite unique and requires considerable concentration and participation by the reader, who is rewarded as the book progresses with the answers to the puzzles which emerge.
Finally a word on Brunner's marvellous capacity for believable characterisation. The characters in this fast-moving story are alive and highly motivated.
I don't agree with reviews which pigeonhole and classify this unique book with lesser genres. It is far above that.
I learned only recently that John Brunner had died a few years back. This is a great loss to the world but his books prevail.
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An Eternal Instant 25. Juni 2004
Von doomsdayer520 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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While some aspects of this novel are dated and a bit annoying, John Brunner delivered an eerily prescient and haunting epic on the human condition back in 1968. This is mostly thought of as a story about overpopulation, but that is actually just a background setting that weighs down upon the bizarre near-future society Brunner has created. Social pressures of population have led to twisted morals and ethics. Discrimination and xenophobia have been mechanized with eugenics legislation, people have become over-reliant on the cold logic of supercomputers rather than human reasoning, corporations are buying and controlling entire nations, and crime, terrorism, and social sabotage have become endemic. Back in 1968 these may have seemed like creative aspects of Brunner's imagination, but they are becoming disturbingly familiar over the intervening decades. Brunner's writing style here can be a real trip too, with a montage of styles incorporating quick cuts between the viewpoints of different characters, along with constructed snippets resembling newspaper reports, government documents, advertisements, and even folktales from Brunner's imaginary world. This style of writing is becoming rather dated, and the book gets off to a slow start as you try to digest the writing methods. Also, the ending is a bit anti-climactic with the long and extensive build-up fizzling out into an off-screen denouement. But in the end this novel has the power to implant rather disturbing thoughts in the back of your mind about the near-future course of humanity. [~doomsdayer520~]
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One of the Best 14. Juni 1999
Von Moderan - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
I first picked up this book when I was ten years old. I've had to buy three new copies since then, because of all the wear and tear. I've been watching a great deal of the world that Brunner wrote about in this and the other two books in this cycle (The Sheep Look Up and the Shockwave Rider) grow around us. I'm not sure that the late Mr. Brunner wanted that to happen-these are cautionary tales in the extreme, and I imagine he didn't enjoy watching it happen any more than the rest of us did. Shalmaneser has almost as much personality as HARLIE, without much text space devoted to it, simply by the accumulated weight of all the sub-references, which pile up like Dennis Miller asides until they reach a whole. The entire book is written in minichapters, with their own headings, and each heading has a story to tell. I would have liked to have been eptified to write like this. The cut-up technique may cause difficulty for readers with long attention spans or a conservative reading bent, but if you keep reading, the detail will build up in your head until you get the point(s) that Brunner is trying to make. This novel and it's companions predated the cyberpunk genre by some long years (it's literary precedent would be "A Clockwork Orange", which had some of the same points to make), but it's the stuff that Gibson, Sterling, et al seem to have used as a reference, like a previous reviewer correctly observed.
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An Opinion 17. Februar 2001
Von Ron - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
Although this book is classified as Science Fiction, it is better defined as a study of the general thought processes used in the late 1960's instead of the futuresque novel in which it is advertised. For example, the casual drug use so prevalent in the 60's allows the book's version of the future to be filled with an entire population addicted to Bay Golds (legalized pot), hashish, tranks (tranquilizers), and of course alcohol. The Free Love movement generates mass overpopulation, extreme legislation preventing excessive childbirth and mandatory sterilization for those with defective genes. The general distrust of government (particularly military) operations in the 60's generates a military group capable of turning a pacifist into a killing machine in just a few days. It's great reading and the speculations are limitless. The book is divided into two major plots. The first is a story of American espionage in the Far East. The second is the description of a corporate take-over of a small African nation. The only real connection between the two plots is the characters we have grown familiar with throughout the book. Included are multiple sub-stories demonstrating the thought process and the animalization of a society crammed together due to overpopulation. The influence of television is (in my opinion) the closest Brunner came to correctly describing the 21st century world of today except folks in his world have the added luxury of watching everybody's favorite character, Mr & Mrs. Everywhere, during commercials. Businesses are incapable of making a move without consulting Shalmaneser (a massive computer capable of generating all the right answers as long as it understands the information inputted into `him'...I mean `it'). PC's weren't even a science fiction concept in '69, I guess. In fact, the only character capable of thinking for himself is the book's only `genius' to the point of being considered a freak of nature. Of course he's only hooked on alcohol. The book is an interesting, thought provoking read if the reader is willing to deal with a slow pace for the first 300 pages or so. The author implements multiple styles in the book also, and that proved to be kind of difficult to hang with. I have to give him credit though; he managed to emulate the clipped, edited, almost but not quite random style used constantly by MTV...and the book was written 13 years before the station ever aired. Now that is predicting the future.
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