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Cyberabad Days

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Author: Ian McDonald
Publisher: Pyr, 2009
Series: India 2047: Book 2
Book Type: Novel
Genre: Science-Fiction
Sub-Genre Tags: Near-Future
Artificial Intelligence
Human Development
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Synopsis

Extraordinary new fiction set in the future India of River of Gods.

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 this 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 seven stories, one Hugo nominee and one Hugo winner among them, as well as a thirty-one-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.


Excerpt

Featuring:

Sanjeev and Robotwallah
What happens to the boy-soldier roboteers when the war of Separation is over?

Selected for both The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Fifth Annual Collection and Year's Best SF 13.

Kyle Meets the River
A young American in Varanasi learns the true meaning of nation building in the early days of a new country.

The Dust Assassin
Feuding Rajasthan water-rajas find that revenge is a slow, subtle process.

An Eligible Boy
An Indian take on Cyrano de Bergerac. Love and marriage should be easy with an Artificial Intelligence matchmaker.

The Little Goddess
In near future Nepal, a child-goddess discovers what lies on the other side of godhood.

Hugo nominee Best Novella 2006

The Djinn's Wife
A minor Delhi celebrity falls in love with an artificial intelligence but is it a marriage of heaven and hell?

Hugo Best Novelette and BSFA short fiction winner 2007

Vishnu at the Cat Circus
A genetically improved Brahmin child finds himself left behind as he grows through the final generation of humanity.

Copyright © 2009 by Ian McDonald


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Cyberabad Days - Ian McDonald

- valashain
  (7/24/2016)

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