''Stand on Zanzibar'' is a HugoAward-winning dystopian novel by Creator/JohnBrunner, often considered one of the best works to come out of the NewWaveScienceFiction movement of the 1960s.

It's set in the year 2010, when the population of Earth has reached 7 billion. The Soviet Union is defunct as a superpower, but China is rapidly industrializing and increasing in power. Giant corporations have large enough economies to control entire countries. In-vitro fertilization and genetic mapping are becoming a reality. A computer the size of a large book is more powerful than the most massive supercomputers of the Sixties. Personalized digital avatars of yourself feature in everyday entertainment. Religious denominations are rapidly polarizing on moral issues like abortion. And ordinary people suddenly snap and go on killing sprees in schools, workplaces, and malls.

[[RealLife Sound familiar?]] Did we mention this book was written in 1968?

On the other hand, [[BigApplesauce New York]] [[DomedHometown is encased in a giant dome]], Puerto Rico and part of the Philippines are U.S. states, eugenics legislation has passed in 48 states, and the West has cured its addiction to oil.

''Stand on Zanzibar'' isn't your ordinary dystopian novel; the plot is secondary to an intense worldbuilding experience and exploring the many consequences of overpopulation. The chapters alternate between:

* '''Context''', background information, {{Paratext}}, incomprehensible transcripts of TV shows, and excerpts from the writings of rogue sociologist Chad Mulligan.
* '''Continuity''', the main plot, which follows roommates CorruptCorporateExecutive Norman House and mild-mannered perpetual student/spy Donald Hogan, as House tries to fix a computer and modernize an African nation, and Hogan infiltrates an Indonesia {{Expy}} to kidnap/rescue a brilliant scientist.
* '''Tracking With Closeups''', which gives vignettes about various ordinary people and their lives.
* '''The Happening World''', which gives brief updates on the status of the many, many, characters. Strangely prescient of {{Twitter}}. Also may contain random snippets of exposition thrown in, well, randomly.


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* BalkanizeMe: Inverted: several groups of African countries have merged into larger states.
* {{Bittersweet Ending}}/{{Earn Your Happy Ending}}: [[spoiler:They discover the secreted chemical that makes Beninia so peaceful, but Dr. Sugaiguntung is the one man who could have successfully spliced Shinka genes into everyone else, and Donald killed him. They can still synthesize and mass-produce the chemical to ensure world peace, but this is basically an admission that humanity can't be saved by its own devices without resorting to dystopian means.]]
* {{Bulungi}}: Beninia. Dahomalia and [=RUNG=], too, but these latter two are conglomerations of already-extant [=IRL=] nations.
* {{Cyberpunk}}: Contains enough elements to be considered a proto-example.
* DecadeThemedParty: [[ExaggeratedTrope In an exaggerated form]], there's a "Twentieth Century Party". The confusion about whether 2000 C.E. counted as Twentieth Century or Twenty-First was referenced, one of the few predictions the book got right.
* DeusEstMachina: Shalmaneser is getting there.
* DomedHometown
* EmotionBomb: [[spoiler:The Shinka have a pheromone that makes people less aggressive. At the end, the characters contemplate replicating it to create world peace]].
* ExpositionBeam: [=EPTification=] has aspects of this.
* FantasticDrug: Triptine, Skullbustium, Yaginol and "Truth or Consequences" all of which are described as 'lifters' (uppers), and all of which seem to have at some hallucinogenic effects.
* FreeLoveFuture: The "shiggy circuit."
* FutureSlang: Shiggies, codders, bleeders, muckers, Aframs, etc.
* GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke: A surprisingly early example of this trope.
* HesBack: When we first meet Chad Mulligan, he's a drunken, surly wreck who hates everything. After learning about the situation that crashed [[MasterComputer Shalmaneser]], he springs into action, fixes the world's most powerful computer in less than fifteen minutes, and is reinvigorated with life for the rest of the book. [[spoiler:And then he spirals back into despair in the last two pages.]]
* {{Homage}}: The style is inspired by John Dos Passos's U.S.A. Trilogy.
* HumansAreFlawed: But Chad loves them all anyway.
* INeedAFreakingDrink: Chad says this after solving the Shalmaneser problem.
* InstantAIJustAddWater: Shalmaneser is rapidly approaching artificial intelligence as it gains processing power. Right now, he's at the level of TheStoner.
* LifeImitatesArt: Besides the more general examples noted in the intro, Brunner's vision of 2010 describes it as the year the world population reaches 7 billion. [[http://www.economist.com/node/21533364 He was off by only one year]].
** One of his fictional African leaders is named "[[BarackObama Obomo]]".
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters
* MasterComputer: Shalmaneser, a helium-cooled supercomputer capable of managing the economies of entire countries.
* MegaCorp: General Technics. "The difficult we did yesterday. The impossible, we're doing right now."
** [[DarthWiki/RedesigningEva This announcement has been brought to you by the Prometheus Corporation, building a better world through the fire.]]
* MyBelovedSmother: Sasha Peterson and her son Philip. Their first chapter is even called "Smotherlove". [[spoiler: It doesn't end well.]]
* NeuralImplanting: Being [=EPTified=], or Educated for Particular Tasks.
* PopulationControl: Eugenics is rapidly becoming the norm in developed countries, banning children of carriers of colorblindness, hemophilia, and other genetic disorders.
* PositiveDiscrimination: The reason Norman became a vice-president of GT is because he's black.
* ReluctantMadScientist: Dr. Sugaiguntung.
* ShoutOut: The override to make Shalmaneser accept invalid data is to say [[TheHuntingOfTheSnark "I say it three times, it must be true"]].
* SuperpowerfulGenetics: The Yatakangi claim that they will create genetic supermen, which sets off a panic equivalent to Sputnik in other countries.
* ThatManIsDead: At the end, Donald claims this of himself after a mental breakdown and refers to his previous self as "the other Donald Hogan". He still uses the name, since he figures the dead Donald won't complain.
* TheProfessor: Chad Mulligan
* TheStoner: Bennie Noakes and company.
* TitleDrop: "You could '''stand''' us all '''on''' the six hundred forty square mile surface of the island of '''Zanzibar'''."
* TwoLinesNoWaiting: Between Donald and Norman's plots, which form the story of the book. Though there's several hundred pages unrelated to either of them in the book as well.
* WalkingTheEarth: Chad Mulligan traveled around as a bum for a while.
* WhamLine:
-->[[spoiler:Shalmaneser]]: Christ, what an imagination I've got.
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