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  • Paperback: 279 pages
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books (24 Feb. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591026997
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591026990
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 1.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,657,993 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ian McDonald was born in Manchester in 1960. His family moved to Northern Ireland in 1965. He now lives in Belfast and works in TV production. The author of many previous novels, including the groundbreaking Chaga books set in Africa, Ian McDonald has long been at the cutting edge of SF. RIVER OF GODS won the BSFA award in 2005.

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The sheer number of ideas and plotlines can sometimes make McDonald's novels seems dense, but the stories here are sharp, focused and witty. (Jonathan Wright BBC FOCUS)

McDonald's partitioned India of 2047, which he returns to in the seven stories in Cyberabad Days, is a heaving, complexly imagined society that is, helplessly of course, the work of a westerner. (Thom Hutchinson DEATHRAY)

McDonald's India engulfs you with an overwhelming, perfumed, stinky embrace. A hugely impressive collection. Seven nifty, witty stories. (Dave Langford SFX)

"He considers India's political future as a rising superpower and the cold realities of ethnic and religious diversity turning hot and divisive, with obvious analogies to the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. As with all short-story collections, some work better than others, but taken as whole, this is a fascinating read, rich in texture, imagery and language." (Steve White DREAMWATCH TOTAL SCI FI)

All in all, Cyberabad Days is a terrific book and a satisfying return to the world of River of Gods. Ian McDonald is a genius, pure and simple. (PAT'S FANTASY HOTLIST)

McDonald excels at conveying, in a gorgeous melange of sensory impressions, an India transformed by AIs, nanotech, robots and cybernetics: the subcontinent is chaotic and lurid, shot through with devotion to eternal Hindu gods and divided by internecine conflict. McDonald gives a refreshing take on the future from a non-western viewpoint. (Eric Brown THE GUARDIAN)

McDonald gives sci-fi its sense of wonder back, and creates a landscape in which nothing can be taken for granted. (Roz Kaveney THE INDEPENDENT)

One of the great pleasures of science fiction is the escape it offers readers from commonplace, everyday surroundings into strange new worlds, and nobody does it better than Ian McDonald. Although Cyberabad Days is set on Earth, and only a few decades into the future, McDonald's vision of a newly repartitioned India, warring over water and at the cutting edge of technologies based on artificial intelligence, is practically hallucinogenic in style and intensity. (Lisa Tuttle THE TIMES) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Extraordinary new fiction set in the future India of RIVER OF GODS. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By G. Crone on 22 May 2009
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The blurb on the back of Cyberabad days describes it as a sequel to the excellent River of Gods, so I was slightly taken aback to discover a selection of short stories. This soon changed as I became immersed, once again, in Ian McDonald's stunning India of the mid-21st century.
This is not so much a sequel as a companion piece to River of Gods which provides extra background detail to many of the themes explored in Rver of Gods.
I would heartily recommend this read to anyone who enjoyed River of Gods,River of Gods or even as a prequel to set the scene for what is to come in the novel.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. S. Bower on 30 Sept. 2009
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I am puzzled that some SF-loving folk just don't seem to get Ian McDonald. That's their loss.

River of Gods was an out-and-out masterpiece. As an adjunct to that, this series of splintered visions of future India is an essential purchase.

I have lived for many years in Asia, and McDonalds' research and depth of undestanding of this culture constantly amazes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By V. A. Millett on 27 Oct. 2011
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Top quality cyberpunk that superbly captures the sights, sounds and smells of India and Nepal. I've been to some of the places where these stories are set and this book creates a stunningly believable future for these places. Like all good future science fiction, it's actually about now; this very week I've read news reports about nanobots and about the gender imbalance in India because of selective abortion of girls. The writer clearly has a finger on the pulse of developments in Sub Continental culture and technology. His characters are believable and very human. The book I'd read just before this one, The Devish House, was also from this author and I thought it was the best science fiction I'd encountered in years. This one is arguably better!
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I enjoyed the short stories accumulated here some of which have also featured elsewhere such as in Gardner Dozois collections and assorted magazines. The tales each portray a different facet forming the edifice of McDonalds Cyber-India and come together to bring his world to life. The book arrives at an earth shattering culmination in the final, freshly written story 'Vishnu at the Cat Circus'. Cyberabad Days, supplement to River of Gods (you don't have to read RoG first), comes equipped with a variety of post-humans and advanced technologies which are delivered to the reader with a unique writing style - yes there are terms and phrases you wouldn't usually come across. However if you are after a unique sci-fi orientated view of a possible future india and all the wonders this entails then purchase now! If you are looking for a guide to India you are in the wrong place although do feel reassured that Ian McDonald has researched the culture of India and implemented this knowledge - along with a Sci-Fi geared imagination - into Cyberabad Days!

The technology is massively advanced and it is an UNlikely outcome for India [INSERT SPOILER of massive pillars of light breaking from the ground as humans become pure thought] but it's certainly an exciting one!

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There are also some Japanese influences here; the kids in one story enjoy japanime and so forth.
Oh yes and there's a cyberpunk kid called Godspeed! after Godspeed You! Black Emperor (The film or the band; I don't mind which, a cool reference either way).
If you liked Cyberabad Days check out the short story 'The Tear'. It's amazing and you'll find it at the end of The Mammoth Book of Best New SF 22 (Mammoth Books)
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Superb collection of stories, set in the same future India as River of Gods: now a disintegrating, technological superpower, India is still struggling with its traditions, its over-population and its dependency on water in an increasingly dry world.

Sanjeev and Robotwallah

Young Sanjeev works hard for his father's pizza business, but what obsesses him are the robotwallahs who remotely pilot warrior droids, playing killing games for real. Sanjeev becomes their pizza boy and later graduates to their unpaid domestic wallah, much to his delight. But his adolescent dreams of reflected glory are shattered, as he learns how the adult world really works.

Kyle meets the river

Kyle lives in a gated foreign community, his father an American construction boss. His friend Salim is a Muslim who uses the latest in direct-brain interface gadgets to take Kyle secretly to a shared virtual game world they are building. A simple trip to the river Ganges with Salim washes away assumptions about traditional and modern values.

The dust assassin

A very traditional tale of two feuding families is given a modern twist. The Jodras and the Azads run competing water companies. The Jodra heir, Padmini, is told that she is a special weapon in this war, but has no idea how. One night the Azads attack and wipe out everyone at Jodra, except Padmini who escapes with the aid of a loyal neuter-gender retainer. Coached by the retainer and his accomplished neuter friends, Padmini re-enters society and then comes to the attention of Salim, heir to the Azads...

An eligible boy

Men outnumber women four to one, because of choice of sex for babies.
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