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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (8 Oct. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575084065
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575084063
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 378,441 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I would recommend this collection to everyone and anyone. If you like "River of Gods," this collection is a must-have. If you haven t read [it], this collection should show you what you re missing, and provide an introduction to this fascinating world." --SFRevu
"A terrific book and a satisfying return to the world of River of Gods. Ian McDonald is a genius, pure and simple Highly recommended! 8.5/10" --Pat s Fantasy Hotlist
sure to be one of the most talked-about books of the year --Fantasy Book Critic
Ian McDonald is one of science fiction's finest working writers, and his latest short story collection is the kind of book that showcases exactly what science fiction is ""for"."" "Cyberabad Days"" has it all: spirituality, technology, humanity, love, sex, war, environmentalism, politics, media -- all blended together to form a manifesto of sorts, a statement about how technology shapes and is shaped by all the wet, gooey human factors. Every story is simultaneously a cracking yarn, a thoughtful piece of technosocial criticism, and a bag of eyeball kicks that'll fire your imagination. The field is very lucky to have Ian McDonald working in it. --Boing Boing.net
Wonderfully imagined world; great story ideas; McDonald's well-crafted prose delivers enjoyment on several levels. An excellent collection of stories that serves as both starting place for readers new to this world, and fascinating return trips for those who have been here before. --SF Signal
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Extraordinary new fiction set in the future India of RIVER OF GODS

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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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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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Such good writing - each story drawer you in. I am reading it after reading River Of Gods and the stories are in the same near future India as that.
Real in depth India with a hint of cyber is a magical combination.
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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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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.

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