by Ian McDonald
Cover Artist: Stephan Martiniere
Review by Benjamin Wald
Pyr Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9781591026990
Date: 24 February 2009 List Price $15.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
McDonald's newest collection, Cyberabad Days, returns to the future India of which is the setting for his award winning novel River of Gods, by collecting all of the short fiction which the author has written in this setting, along with a new novella which explores some of the outcomes and consequences of the action which occurred in River of Gods. River of Gods gave us a magnificent vision of a futuristic India which is both engagingly futuristic and as richly textured as our own modern world, and it is a treat to explore once more the India of 2047. From official release/information:
Product Description: Ian McDonald's River of Gods called "a masterpiece" by Asimov s Science Fiction and praised by the Washington Post as "a major achievement from a writer who is becoming one of the best SF novelists of our time" painted a vivid picture of a near future India, 100 years after independence. It revolutionized SF for a new generation by taking a perspective that was not European or American. Nominated for the Hugo Award and the Arthur C. Clarke Award, and winning the BSFA Award, the rich world of the novel has inspired McDonald to revisit its milieu in a series of short stories, all set in the world of River of Gods.
Cyberabad Days is a triumphant return to the India of 2047, a new, muscular superpower of one and a half billion people in an age of artificial intelligences, climate-change induced drought, water wars, strange new genders, genetically improved children that age at half the rate of baseline humanity, and a population where males outnumber females four to one. India herself has fractured into a dozen states from Kerala to the headwaters of the Ganges in the Himalayas.
Cyberabad Days is a collection of eight stories, one Hugo nominee and one Hugo winner among them, as well as a twenty-five thousand word original novella. As with everything Ian McDonald does, it is sure to be one of the most talked-about books of the year.