Cyberabad Days Paperback – 8 Oct 2009
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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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Real in depth India with a hint of cyber is a magical combination.
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Excellent contents, just slightly disappointed that this second hand book was ex-library and not stated as suchPublished 12 months ago by J Cowan
Excellent stories, I just wish they could have been filled out more, perhaps into a full book like River of Gods.Published on 1 Aug. 2010 by HeecheeRendezvous
A great collection of SF short stories, set in an exotic but very recognizable India, a few years hence. Read morePublished on 1 July 2010 by N. S. Woodhead
I read Brasyl and River of Gods, although I clearly preferred the second work. Cyberabad Days has a couple of bits that either fed or were derived from River of Gods. Read morePublished on 20 Mar. 2010 by Robert