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Ian McDonald is the author of several highly-acclaimed SF novels, including DESOLATION ROAD, KING OF MORNING, QUEEN OF NIGHT, KIRINYA and CHAGA. He has also had many stories published in magazines and anthologies on both sides of the Atlantic. Ian McDonald lives in Belfast.


This ambitious portrait of a future India from British author McDonald (Desolation Road) offers multitudes: gods, castes, protagonists, cultures. Nine disparate characters, including a cop, a scientist and a stand-up comic, act out their related dramas-be they personal, political or of the mystery-thriller variety-in successive chapters within each of the book's five sections. In the India of 2047, genetically engineered children comprise a new caste, adults can be surgically transformed into a neutral gender, a water war has broken out as the Ganges threatens to run dry, AIs are violently destroyed if they approach levels akin to human intelligence, and something strange has just appeared in the solar system. The deliberate pace and lack of explanation require patience at the outset, but readers will become increasingly hooked as the pieces of McDonald's richly detailed world fall into place. Already nominated for both Hugo and Arthur C. Clarke awards, this is sure to one of the more talked-about SF novels of the year. (Mar.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

It's 2047, and the centennial of India's nationhood approaches. Amid the turmoil and vigor of a nation teeming with people and clogged with information, the lives of nine individuals, including a policeman, a journalist, a scientist, a politician, and a stand-up comic, intersect in an unanticipated union with the fate of their country at stake. British sf author McDonald (Desolation Road) provides a kaleidoscopic, freewheeling encounter with the near future in one of the most exotic-and impoverished-parts of the world. Combining real-life issues such as water shortages, runaway technology, and overpopulation with fantastical complications including a message from another world, McDonald's opus deservedly won the 2004 British Science Fiction Association Award for Best Novel. Every library should purchase this multitextured tale of future perils and possibilities in the land of a thousand gods. Highly recommended. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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