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Ian Mcdonald - Author

About the Author

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.

Photograph by Peter Fleissner

 

Featured books by Ian Mcdonald

Luna New Moon

Luna New Moon

Author: Ian Mcdonald Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/07/2016

Luna is a gripping thriller about five corporate families caught in a bitter battle for supremacy in the harsh environment of the moon. It's very easy to die on the moon, but with its vast mineral wealth it's also easy to make your fortune. Following the fortunes of a handful of disparate characters, from one of the lowliest workers on the moon to the heads of one of the most powerful families, LUNA provides a vast mosaic of life on this airless and terrifying new home for humanity. This is SF that will be perfect for fans of Kim Stanley Robinson and Ken Macleod alike.

Other books by Ian Mcdonald

Time Was

Time Was

Author: Ian Mcdonald Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/05/2018

Time Was

Time Was

Author: Ian Mcdonald Format: eBook Release Date: 24/04/2018

Ian McDonald weaves a love story across an endless expanse with his science fiction novella Time WasA love story stitched across time and war, shaped by the power of books, and ultimately destroyed by it.In the heart of World War II, Tom and Ben became lovers. Brought together by a secret project designed to hide British targets from German radar, the two founded a love that could not be revealed. When the project went wrong, Tom and Ben vanished into nothingness, presumed dead. Their bodies were never found.Now the two are lost in time, hunting each other across decades, leaving clues in books of poetry and trying to make their desperate timelines overlap.At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Collected Poems

Collected Poems

Author: Ian Mcdonald Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/04/2018

River of Gods

River of Gods

Author: Ian Mcdonald Format: eBook Release Date: 05/03/2018

A superpower of two billion people, a dozen new nations from Kerela to the Himalayas, 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.This is India in 2047, one hundred years after its birth.In the new nation of Bharat, in the face of the failure of the monsoon, nine lives are swept together - a gangster, a cop, his wife, a politician, a stand-up comic, a set designer, a journalist, a scientist, and a dropout - to decide the future of Mother India.River of Gods teems with the life of a country choked with peoples and cultures - one and a half billion people, twelve semi-independent nations, nine million gods. A war is fought, a love is betrayed, a mystery from a different world decoded, as the great river Ganges flows on.Praise for River of Gods:"e;[A] bold, brave look at India on the eve of its centennial, 41 years from now...McDonald takes his readers from India's darkest depths to its most opulent heights, from rioting mobs and the devastated poor to high-level politicians and lavish parties. He handles his complex plot with flair and confidence and deftly shows how technological advances and social changes have subtly changed lives. RIVER OF GODS is a major achievement from a writer who is becoming one of the best sf novelists of our time."e; -Washington Post"e;[P]erhaps his most accomplished novel to date... reminiscent of William Gibson in full-throttle cultural-immersion mode, packed with technical jargon, religious and sociological observation and allusions to art both high and low... RIVER OF GODS amply rewards careful consideration and more than delivers its share of straight-ahead entertainment. Already a multiple-award nominee following its British publication, McDonald's latest ranks as one of the best science fiction novels published in the United States this year."e; -San Francisco Chronicle"e;A staggering achievement, brilliantly imagined and endlessly surprising ... A brave, brilliant and wonderful novel."e; -Christopher Priest, The Guardian

Cyberabad Days

Cyberabad Days

Author: Ian Mcdonald Format: eBook Release Date: 05/03/2018

Cyberabad Days return to the India of 2047 as featured in Ian McDonald's acclaimed novel River of Gods. A new, muscular superpower of two billion people in an age of new nations, 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.Cyberabad Days is a cycle of seven stories, three Hugo nominees and one Hugo winner among them, as well as an original thirty-one-thousand-word novella.Welcome back to the fierce, dazzling, thrilling world of River of Gods.Featuring:Sanjeev and Robotwallah (selected for both The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Fifth Annual Collection and Year's Best SF 13): A boy-soldier roboteer from the War of Separation learns that war may be hell, but peace is harder.Kyle meets the River: A young American in Varanasi learns the true meaning of "e;nation building"e; in the early days of a new country.The Dust Assassin: In the time of water-wars, the daughter of a powerful water-raja learns that revenge revenge is a slow and subtle art.An Eligible Boy: Love and marriage is never easy when there four men for every women. But it should be easy with an Artificial Intelligence matchmaker. Shouldn't it?The Little Goddess (Hugo nominee for best novella of 2006): In Kathmandu, a child-goddess discovers what lies on the other side of godhood and what divinty really means.The Djinn's Wife (Hugo for best novelette and BSFA short-fiction winner of 2007): A minor Delhi celebrity falls in love with an artificial intelligence, but is it a marriage of heaven and hell? Vishnu at the Cat Circus: A genetically improved "e;Brahmin"e;child finds himself left behind as he grows through the final generation of humanity.Praise for Cyberabad Days:"e;The sheer number of ideas and plotlines can sometimes make McDonald's novels seems dense, but the stories here are sharp, focused and witty."e; -BBCFocus"e;McDonald's India engulfs you with an overwhelming, perfumed, stinky embrace. A hugely impressive collection. Seven nifty, witty stories."e; -SFX"e;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."e; -The Guardian

Dervish House

Dervish House

Author: Ian Mcdonald Format: eBook Release Date: 05/03/2018

Another day, another tram bomb. It seems everyone is after a piece of Turkey. But the shock waves from this random act of twenty-first-century terrorism will ripple far beyond Necatibey Cadessi.Welcome to the world of The Dervish House-the great, ancient, paradoxical city of Istanbul, divided like a human brain, in the great, ancient, equally paradoxical nation of Turkey. With a population pushing one hundred million, and Istanbul alone swollen to fifteen million, Turkey is the largest, most populous, and most diverse nation in the new Europe, but also one of the poorest and most socially divided. It's a boom economy, the sweatshop of Europe, the bazaar of central Asia, the key to the immense gas wealth of Russia and central Asia.The Dervish House is seven days, six characters, and three interconnected story strands all woven around the common core of the old dervish house of Aden Dede. A terror attack, a vision of djinn, a commodities scam, a hunt for half a miniature Koran that holds the key to new technology, and a quest for a creature from Arabic legend-that may not be so legendary after all.Praise for The Dervish House"e;To read McDonald is to fall in love with a place and to become drunk with it....If you've never read him, you're in for a treat. If you're a fan like me, you'll be delighted anew. What a wonderful, wonderful book."e;-Boing Boing"e;The Dervish House is an audacious look at the shift in the power centers of the world and an intense vision of one possible future."e; -New York Times"e;Hugely adventurous and entertaining, sumptuously inventive and full of heart... it is likely to rank as Ian McDonald's finest creative achievement."e; -Locus

Brasyl

Brasyl

Author: Ian Mcdonald Format: eBook Release Date: 05/03/2018

Be seduced, amazed, and shocked by one of the world's greatest and strangest nations. Past, present, and future Brazil, with all its color, passion, and shifting realities, come together in a novel that is part SF, part history, part mystery, and entirely enthralling.Three characters, three time periods, three stories that bind together.Sao Paulo 2031: Edson is a self-made talent impresario one step up from the slums. A chance encounter draws him into the dangerous world of illegal quantum computing, but where can you run in a total surveillance society where every move, face, and centavo is constantly tracked?Rio 2006: Marcelina is an ambitious Rio TV producer looking for that big reality TV hit to make her name. When her hot idea sets her on the track of a disgraced World Cup soccer goalkeeper, she becomes enmeshed in an ancient conspiracy that threatens not just her life, but her very soul.The Amazon 1732: Father Luis is a Jesuit missionary sent into the maelstrom of 18th-century Brazil to locate and punish a rogue priest who has strayed beyond the articles of his faith and set up a vast empire in the hinterland. In the company of a French geographer and spy, what he finds in the backwaters of the Amazon tries both his faith and the nature of reality itself to the breaking point.Three characters, three stories, three Brazils, linked across time, space, and reality in a hugely ambitious story that will challenge the way you think about everything.Praise for Brasyl"e;McDonald's outstanding SF novel channels the vitality of South America's largest country into an edgy, post-cyberpunk free-for-all... Chaotic, heartbreaking and joyous [a] must-read..."e; -Publishers Weekly"e;BRASYL is classic McDonald: a deep thinking, high-paced adventure story, exploring the quantum universe, combining sassy, believable characters with a captivating delight in language and storytelling. McDonald inhabits the Brazil - or rather, the Brazils - of this world and sweeps you along as no other writer in the field could manage."e; -The Guardian"e;A beautiful story, one that cries out to be read again and again. McDonald's light is still shining brightly, and considering the consistent quality of his titles, we say long may it burn."e; -SciFi Now"e;Ian McDonald's BRASYL, with its three storylines, is as close to perfect as any novel in recent memory. It works because of great characterization, but also because McDonald envisions Brazil as a dynamic, living place that is part postmodern trash pile, part trashy reality-TV-driven ethical abyss... and yet also somehow spiritual... McDonald's novel is always in motion. This movement extends through time and alternate realities in ways both wonderful and wise, as the three storylines interlock for a satisfying and often stunning conclusion. McDonald has found new myths for old places; in doing so, he has cemented his reputation as an amazing storyteller."e; -Washington Post

Planesrunner

Planesrunner

Author: Ian Mcdonald Format: eBook Release Date: 21/02/2018

There is not one you. There are many yous. There is not one world. There are many worlds. Ours is one among billions of parallel earths.When Everett Singh's scientist father is kidnapped from the streets of London, he leaves young Everett a mysterious app on his computer: the Infundibulum, the map of all the parallel earths, the most valuable object in the multiverse. There are dark forces in the Plenitude of Known Worlds who will stop at nothing to get it. They've got power, authority, the might of ten planets-some of them more technologically advanced than our Earth-at their fingertips. He's got wits, intelligence, and a knack for Indian cooking.Everett must trick his way through the Heisenberg Gate that his dad helped build and go on the run in a parallel Earth. But to rescue his dad from Charlotte Villiers and the sinister Order, this Planesrunner's going to need friends. Friends like Captain Anastasia Sixsmyth, her adopted daughter, Sen, and the crew of the airship Everness.Can they rescue Everett's father and get the Infundibulum to safety? The game is afoot!Praise for Planesrunner"e;PLANESRUNNER is chock-full of awesome. Ian McDonald's steampunk London blazes on a vast scale with eye-popping towers, gritty streets, and larger-than-life characters who aren't afraid to fight for each other. The kind of airship-dueling, guns-blazing fantasy that makes me wish I could pop through to the next reality over, join the Airish, and take to the skies."e; -Paolo Bacigalupi"e;Science fiction rules in this stellar series opener about a boy who travels to parallel universes. What joy to find science fiction based on real scientific concepts... Shining imagination, pulsing suspense and sparkling writing make this one stand out."e; -Kirkus (Starred Review)"e;McDonald writes with scientific and literary sophistication, as well as a wicked sense of humor. Add nonstop action, eccentric characters, and expert universe building, and this first volume of the Everness series is a winner."e; -Publishers Weekly

Be My Enemy

Be My Enemy

Author: Ian Mcdonald Format: eBook Release Date: 21/02/2018

Everett Singh has escaped with the Infundibulum from Charlotte Villiers but at a terrible price. His father is lost, banished to one of the billions of parallel universes of the Panoply of All World, and Everett and the crew of the airship Everness have taken a wild Heisenberg Jump to a frozen earth far beyond the Plenitude of Known Worlds, he plans to rescue his family.It's deadly chase from the frozen wastes of iceball earth; to Earth 4 (like ours, except that the alien Thryn Sentiency occupied the moon in 1964); to the dead London of the forbidden plane of Earth 1, where the remnants of humanity battle a terrifying nanotechnology run wild. Everett has the love and support of Sen, Captain Anastasia Sixsmyth, and the rest of the crew of Everness, but will that be enough when your deadliest enemy isn't the Order or the world-devouring nanotech Nahn-it's yourself. Because the villainous Charlotte Villiers is always one step ahead.Praise for Be My Enemy"e;Absolutely triumphant sequel... tremendous action scenes, cunning escapes, genius attacks on the ways that multidimensional travel might be weaponized, horrific glimpses of shadowy powers and sinister technologies... a gifted ear for poesie that makes the English language sing, the unapologetic presumption of the reader's ability to understand what's going on without a lot of hand-holding, and a technological mysticism that never explicitly says when the literal stops and the fantasy starts..."e; -Boing Boing"e;Smart, clever and abundantly original, with suspense that grabs your eyeballs, this is real science fiction for all ages. More! More!"e; -Kirkus"e;WA blast from start to finish. As far as I'm concerned, Ian McDonald could write another dozen or so of these Everness novels, and I'd happily read them all."e; -SF Signal

Empress of the Sun

Empress of the Sun

Author: Ian Mcdonald Format: eBook Release Date: 21/02/2018

The airship Everness makes a Heisenberg Jump to an alternate Earth unlike any her crew has ever seen. Everett, Sen, and the crew find themselves above a plain that goes on forever in every direction without any horizon. They've arrived on an Alderson Disc, an astronomical megastructure of incredibly strong material reaching from the orbit of Mercury to the orbit of Jupiter.Who could have built such a thing? The Jiju, the dominant species on a plane where the dinosaurs didn't die out. They evolved, diversified, and have a twenty-five million year technology head-start on humanity. If they ever get off their plane, and into the worlds of the Plenitude...Everness has jumped right into the midst of a faction fight between rival nations, but can anyone be safe among the warring Jiju, and what is the price of their help?The crew of the Everness is divided in a very alien world, a world fast approaching the point of apocalypse. And back in the Plenitude of Known Worlds, Charlotte Villiers gathers allies and works her way deep into the corridors of power.Praise for Empress of the Sun"e;YA or not, the Everness series may be the most enjoyable ongoing series that SF currently has to offer."e; -Locus"e;The marvelous Everness series takes readers to a world with highly evolved dinosaurs in this third voyage through parallel universes... McDonald lets his imagination run rampant without abandoning credibility, tackling real scientific concepts such as confirmation bias, a feature lacking in far too much science fiction... Endlessly fascinating and fun."e; -Kirkus (Starred Review)"e;With strong characters covering all ages and genders, fine action sequences, and enough cool SF concepts that could fill a volume twice its size, EMPRESS OF THE SUN is an excellent entry in one of my favorite SF series."e; -SF Signal

Luna: Wolf Moon

Luna: Wolf Moon

Author: Ian Mcdonald Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/02/2018

Corta Helio, one of the five family corporations that rule the Moon, has fallen. Its riches are divided up among its many enemies, its survivors scattered. Eighteen months have passed. The remaining Helio children, Lucasinho and Luna, are under the protection of the powerful Asamoahs, while Robson, still reeling from witnessing his parent's violent deaths, is now a ward - virtually a hostage - of Mackenzie Metals. And the last appointed heir, Lucas, has vanished from the surface of the moon. Only Lady Sun, dowager of Taiyang, suspects that Lucas Corta is not dead, and - more to the point - that he is still a major player in the game. After all, Lucas always was a schemer, and even in death, he would go to any lengths to take back everything and build a new Corta Helio, more powerful than before. But Corta Helio needs allies, and to find them, the fleeing son undertakes an audacious, impossible journey - to Earth. In an unstable lunar environment, the shifting loyalties and political machinations of each family reach the zenith of their most fertile plots as outright war between the families erupts.

Luna: Wolf Moon

Luna: Wolf Moon

Author: Ian Mcdonald Format: eBook Release Date: 11/04/2017

Corta Helio, one of the five family-corporations that rule the moon, has fallen. Its riches are divided up among its many enemies, its survivors scattered. Eighteen months have passed.The remaining Helio children, Lucasinho and Luna, are under the protection of the powerful Asamoahs, while Robson, still reeling from witnessing his parents' violent deaths, is now a ward-virtually a hostage-of Mackenzie Metals. And the last appointed heir, Lucas, has vanished from the surface of the moon. Only Lady Sun, dowager of Taiyang, suspects that Lucas Corta is not dead-and that he is still a major player in the game. After all, Lucas always was the schemer, and even in death he would go to any lengths to take back everything and build a new Corta Helio, more powerful than before. But Corta Helio needs allies; and to find them the fleeing son undertakes an audacious, impossible journey-to Earth. In an unstable lunar environment, the shifting loyalties and political machinations of each family reach the zenith of their most fertile plots as outright war erupts.

Luna: Wolf Moon

Luna: Wolf Moon

Author: Ian Mcdonald Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/03/2017

Corta Helio, one of the five family corporations that rule the Moon, has fallen. Its riches are divided up among its many enemies, its survivors scattered. Eighteen months have passed. The remaining Helio children, Lucasinho and Luna, are under the protection of the powerful Asamoahs, while Robson, still reeling from witnessing his parent's violent deaths, is now a ward - virtually a hostage - of Mackenzie Metals. And the last appointed heir, Lucas, has vanished from the surface of the moon. Only Lady Sun, dowager of Taiyang, suspects that Lucas Corta is not dead, and - more to the point - that he is still a major player in the game. After all, Lucas always was a schemer, and even in death, he would go to any lengths to take back everything and build a new Corta Helio, more powerful than before. But Corta Helio needs allies, and to find them, the fleeing son undertakes an audacious, impossible journey - to Earth. In an unstable lunar environment, the shifting loyalties and political machinations of each family reach the zenith of their most fertile plots as outright war between the families erupts.

Luna New Moon

Luna New Moon

Author: Ian Mcdonald Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/07/2016

Luna is a gripping thriller about five corporate families caught in a bitter battle for supremacy in the harsh environment of the moon. It's very easy to die on the moon, but with its vast mineral wealth it's also easy to make your fortune. Following the fortunes of a handful of disparate characters, from one of the lowliest workers on the moon to the heads of one of the most powerful families, LUNA provides a vast mosaic of life on this airless and terrifying new home for humanity. This is SF that will be perfect for fans of Kim Stanley Robinson and Ken Macleod alike.

The Best of Ian Mcdonald

The Best of Ian Mcdonald

Author: Ian Mcdonald Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/04/2016

Luna

Luna

Author: Ian Mcdonald Format: eBook Release Date: 29/09/2015

The scions of a falling house must navigate a world of corporate warfare to maintain their family's status in the moon's vicious political atmosphere.The moon wants to kill you-whether it's being unable to pay your per diem for your allotted food, water, and air, or just getting caught up in a fight between the moon's ruling corporations, the Five Dragons. You must fight for every inch you want to gain in the moon's near-feudal society. And that is just what Adriana Corta did. As the leader of the moon's newest "e;dragon,"e; Adriana has wrested control of the moon's helium-3 industry from the Mackenzie Metal Corporation and fought to earn her family's new status. Now, at the twilight of her life, Adriana finds her corporation, Corta Helio, surrounded by the many enemies she made during her meteoric rise. If the Corta family is to survive, Adriana's five children must defend their mother's empire from her many enemies-and each other.

dervishaz

dervishaz

Author: Ian Mcdonald Format: eBook Release Date: 01/03/2015

Bomba robban egy isztambuli villamoson - egy atlagos nap, egy mindennapos merenylet a 2027-es ev Torokorszagaban, amely az Europai Unio legfiatalabb, legsokszinubb, ugyanakkor legszegenyebb tagja: Kozep-Azsia bazarja, a foldgazkincsek kapuja, a nanotechnologiai fejlodes muhelye. Ez a robbanas azonban az Adem Dede teri dervishaz minden lakojanak eletet felforgatja: a katasztrofakra fogadasokat koto, nyugalmazott kozgazdaszprofesszoret, az orszagos foldgazcsalassal elete legnagyobb dobasara keszulo brokeret, a legendas, mezze lett ember nyomaba eredo regisegkereskedoet, a nanotechnologiai ujitast eladni probalo marketingeset, a szivbeteg kisfiuet es a hazban bujkalo ferfiet, aki a merenyletet kovetoen dzsinneket kezd el latni. Olyan veszely nyomara bukkannak, amely nem csak Torokorszagot, hanem Europa tobbi reszet is fenyegeti...

Brasyl

Brasyl

Author: Ian Mcdonald Format: eBook Release Date: 01/03/2015

Sao Paolo, 2032.: A megszamlalhatatlan milliok, a lelegzetelallito gazdagsag es az eletet elszivo nyomor varosa. Egy varos, amire az orokke eber angyalok vigyaznak, figyelik minden mozdulatodat, a penzed aramlasat. Egy varos, ahol egy tolvaj csapdaba es szerelembe eshet az illegalis kvantumszamitasok zavarba ejto vilagaban. Edson Jesus Oliveira de Freitas varosa... Rio de Janeiro, 2006.: A foci es a capoeristak varosa, ahol Jezus szettart karral figyel. Marcelina Hoffman varosa: egy varos, ami reality TV-n el. Ezen a helyen egy becsvagyo TV producer mikozben megtalalja a kovetkezo nagy dobast, elveszitheti az eletet es a lelket. Brazilia, 1732.: Az Amazonas medenceje, a Rio Negro es Rio Branco kozos medrenek videke. Egy edeni szepsegu taj, az arany es a borzalmas halal foldje, ahol indio-k es rabszolgak vesznek korbe. Az orulet es a vallas birodalma, ahol a valosag torespontra erkezik. Luis Quinn atya es dr. Robert Francois St. Honore Falcon kozos sorsanak videke.

Desolation Road

Desolation Road

Author: Ian Mcdonald Format: eBook Release Date: 31/01/2014

It all began thirty years ago on Mars, with a greenperson. But by the time it all finished, the town of Desolation Road had experienced every conceivable abnormality; from Adam Black's Wonderful Travelling Chautauqua and Educational 'Stravaganza (complete with its very own captive angel), to the Astounding Tatterdemalion Air Bazaar. Its inhabitants ranged from Dr. Alimantando, the town's founder and resident genius, to the Babooshka, a barren grandmother who just wants her own child - grown in a fruit jar; from Rajendra Das, mechanical hobo who has a mystical way with machines to the Gallacelli brothers, identical triplets who fell in love with - and married - the same woman.REVIEWS"e;Ian McDonald's Desolation Road is one of my most personally influential novels. It's an epic tale of the terraforming of Mars, whose sweep captures the birth and death of mythologies, economics, art, revolution, politics... Desolation Road pays homage to David Byrne's Catherine Wheel, to Ray Bradbury's entire canon and to Jack Vance, blending all these disparate creators in a way that surprises, delights, then surprises and delights again."e; - Cory Doctorow (Boing Boing)"e;McDonald's first novel, it absolutely bowled me over when it came out, and while I have read everything he's published since, and admire all of it and like most of it, this remains my favourite... some of the most beautiful prose imaginable... If you ever want to demonstrate how different science fiction can be, what an incredible range and sweep of things are published with a little spaceship on the spine, Desolation Road is a shining datapoint, because it isn't like anything else and yet it is coming from a knowledge of what the genre can do and can be and making something new out of it."e; - Jo Walton (Tor.com)"e;This is the kind of novel I long to find yet seldom do. Desolation Road is a rara avis... Extraordinary and more than that!"e; - Philip Jose Farmer

Ares Express

Ares Express

Author: Ian Mcdonald Format: eBook Release Date: 31/01/2014

A Mars of the imagination, like no other, in a colorful, witty SF novel, taking place in the kaleidoscopic future of Ian McDonald's Desolation Road, Ares Express is set on a terraformed Mars where fusion-powered locomotives run along the network of rails that is the planet's circulatory system and artificial intelligences reconfigure reality billions of times each second. One young woman, Sweetness Octave Glorious-Honeybun Asiim 12th, becomes the person upon whom the future -- or futures -- of Mars depends. Big, picaresque, funny; taking the Mars of Ray Bradbury and the more recent, terraformed Marses of authors such as Kim Stanley Robinson and Greg Bear, Ares Express is a wild and woolly magic-realist SF novel, featuring lots of bizarre philosophies, strange, mind-stretching ideas, and trains as big as city blocks.REVIEWS"e;Ares Express is a long, adventure-filled, extravagantly colorful, often funny, quite moving, highly imaginative, excellently written story, set on a glorious Mars built partly of sharp-edged Kim Stanley Robinson-style extrapolation, but mostly of lush, loving, Ray Bradbury-style semi-SF, semi-Fantasy, Martian dreams.... I loved it wholeheartedly."e; - SF Site"e;Hugo-winner McDonald's virtues have long been underappreciated by major North American publishers... McDonald's fantastic Mars is vividly detailed and owes much to Bradbury's Martian stories. Despite a bit of hand waving around technology that is glibly indistinguishable from magic, this sequel is entirely worthy of its rightly lauded predecessor [Desolation Road]."e; - Publishers Weekly"e;One of the strangest, weirdest, fantastic reads of your life."e; - SF Crowsnest"e;McDonald is clever, lyrical... snarky, and utterly wondrous. The characters would be completely unbelievable in our world, but in theirs they are inevitable..."e; - Night Owl Reviews

Tendeleo's Story

Tendeleo's Story

Author: Ian Mcdonald Format: eBook Release Date: 17/01/2014

From the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro, an alien force begins to spread, turning the land into an unrecognizable alien landscape. Tendeleo is nine years old when this first package comes down, and before she reaches adulthood the Chaga will change her life forever.REVIEWS"e;[An] excellent original novella... gazes boldly into the heart of darkness, and finds there a great and galvanising hope."e; - Infinity Plus"e;... the Chaga sequence [is] Ian McDonald's marvellous panorama of Third World plights and possibilities."e; - SF SiteWinner of the Sturgeon Award, 2001.

Out on Blue Six

Out on Blue Six

Author: Ian Mcdonald Format: eBook Release Date: 31/12/2013

In a far-future city where happiness and stability are law, a group of rebels will fight for what it means to be humanThe Compassionate Society was designed as a utopia, where people's genetic predispositions and aptitudesrather than random choiceguide their lives, and pain of any kind is illegal. In the self-contained city, happiness is the most cherished value, and the Ministry of Pain swiftly prosecutes anyone who interferes with the contentment of another. For many of its citizenswho were matched to their jobs, spouses, and friendsthe Compassionate Society is perfect. But to Courtney Hall, a political cartoonist, it is a place of stifling mediocrity. When her satirical work makes her a target of the government, Courtney goes on the run, only to discover an entire underground network of dissidents, each fighting against the stagnation imposed by the Compassionate Societya struggle that could stand as humanity's last chance for growth, innovation, and ultimately, survival.Thrilling and inventive,Out on Blue Sixis Ian McDonald's engrossing story of free will and self-determination, and of the true value of a life ruled not by fear, but by hope.

Doctors & Patients All You Wanted to Know & More

Doctors & Patients All You Wanted to Know & More

Author: Ian Mcdonald Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/12/2013

Kirinya

Kirinya

Author: Ian Mcdonald Format: eBook Release Date: 11/12/2013

The end of the universe happened at around ten o'clock at night on 22 December, 2032. It's just that humanity hasn't realized it yet. And the Chaga, the strange flora deposited from the stars, is still busy terraforming the tropics into someone else's terra. Gaby McAslan was once a hungry news reporter who compromised her relationship with UNECTA researcher Dr. Shepard for the sake of her story... but Gaby is no longer a journalist and she doesn't want to be a full-time mother, even though her child Serena is her last link with Shepard. Gaby's fire has gone out; she's gone soft. But the massive political and military upheavals rocking the world are about to drag her back into the action.REVIEWS"e;This is a huge and ambitious novel, the work of a supremely talented writer approaching the top of his game."e; - SFX"e;So outstanding a writer that he deserves reading beyond the science-fantasy market ... He has such marvellous talent, so vivid an imagination. His prose sings and zings - simultaneously."e; - The Times

Chaga

Chaga

Author: Ian Mcdonald Format: eBook Release Date: 21/11/2013

On the trail of the mystery of Saturn's disappearing moons, network journalist Gaby McAslan finds herself in Africa researching the Kilimanjaro Event: a meteor-strike in Kenya which caused the stunning African landscape to give way to something equally beautiful - and indescribably alien. Dubbed the 'Chaga', the alien flora destroys all man-made materials, and moulds human flesh, bone and spirit to its own designs. But when Gaby finds the first man to survive the Chaga's changes, she realizes it has its own plans for humankind...Against the backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro, McDonald weaves a staggering tale of keen human observation and speculation, as the Kilimanjaro Event changes the course of the human race by exposure to something beyond its imagination.Note: Chaga was published in the UK under the title Evolution's Shore.REVIEWS"e;McDonald... consistently explores new territory with his breathtaking images and incisive language. Both form and substance blend fortuitously in a work that features strong characters, a suspenseful story, and a profound message of hope and transformation. A priority purchase for SF collections."e; - Library Journal"e;One of the finest writers of his generation, who chooses to write science fiction because that is how he can best illuminate the world."e; - New Statesman"e;...inventive and challenging... [an] often fascinating piece of speculation."e; - Kirkus

Scissors Cut Paper Wrap Stone

Scissors Cut Paper Wrap Stone

Author: Ian Mcdonald Format: eBook Release Date: 02/07/2013

Two works in one volume: An innovative science fiction novel about an inventor's quest for redemption across a cyber-feudal Japan, plus a Hugo Awardnominated novella. Design student Ethan Ring has created the next wave in military technology. Fracters are computerized images that can control the minds of others, giving their users the power to hypnotize, hurt, and even kill. The reigning intelligence agency forces Ring to use the technology for their own ends by tattooing the most potent images on the palms of his hands. After witnessing the destruction his invention has wrought, Ring embarks on a Shikoku pilgrimage of redemption through the eighty-eight sacred sites of Shingon Buddhism across twenty-first-century Japan. With the help of his friend Masahiko, Ring tours this strange new Japan in search of ways to rid himself of the curse he has unleashedor a way to use it for the greater good by eliminating a terrorizing crime syndicate. In Scissors Cut Paper Wrap Stone, author Ian McDonald has created an indelible cyberpunk adventure that mixes Kabbalah, manga, pop culture, and Zen in a superbly realized high-tech contemplation of good and evil. Also included in this volume is McDonald's The Tear, a stunning novella set in a far-future world, whose inhabitants develop multiple ';aspects': completely separate personalities that take over when required. The story follows young Ptey as he comes of age, takes on new aspects, looks for love, and plays a vital role in a battle against an implacable enemy. The resulting work is tragic, hopeful, and expansive. Readers of William Gibson and Peter F. Hamilton will revel in this fascinatingly inventive work from a celebrated multiple-award-winning science fiction author.

King of Morning, Queen of Day

King of Morning, Queen of Day

Author: Ian Mcdonald Format: eBook Release Date: 02/07/2013

Winner of the Philip K. Dick Award and the Prix Imaginales: Three generations of women share a mysterious powerone that threatens to destroy themIn early-twentieth-century Ireland, life for Emily Desmond is that of the average teenage girl: She reads, she's bored with school, and she has a powerful imagination. Then things begin to change. Her imagination is so powerful, in fact, that she wills a faerie into existencean ability called mythoconsciousness. It's this power that opens a dangerous door that she will never want to close, and whose repercussions will reverberate across time.First to be affected is her daughter, Jessica, who, in the mid-1930s, finds that she must face her mother's power by using the very same gift against her. Then, in the near future, Jessica's granddaughter, Enye, must end the cycle once and for allbut it may prove too powerful to overcome.

Sacrifice of Fools

Sacrifice of Fools

Author: Ian Mcdonald Format: eBook Release Date: 02/07/2013

Protestants, Catholics, aliens . . . Just another division in BelfastWhen the alien Shian come to Earth, they offer technology in exchange for a home. Belfast, Northern Ireland, is where eighty thousand of them settle. From that point on, the already-divided city takes on yet another partition. The Shian integrate themselves into the city's culture, becoming one more set of faces in the crowd. Now, a series of ghastly murders has stunned the city and affected both the Shian and the humans.Andy Gillespie, a Loyalist and former criminal, is immediately named the main suspect in the killings. To clear his name, he must find the true perpetrators, and in order to do so, he must get help from any source possiblebe it Protestant, Catholic, or extraterrestrial.Shortlisted for the James Tiptree Jr. Award, Sacrifice of Fools depicts a city at once familiar and peculiar. Belfast resident Ian McDonald's interpretation of his hometown is one in which the people live their lives to the best of their abilities; one in which they have to deal with the basics of life with extraterrestrials, from language barriers to surprising new fetishes. Here, Belfastians discover how little things truly change.

Broken Land

Broken Land

Author: Ian Mcdonald Format: eBook Release Date: 02/07/2013

In an instant, Mathembe Fileli's life was burned away . . . Now, in search of answers, she must traverse a divided nationLife in the village of Chepsenyt is idyllic. Despite the empire's growing religious tensions, the people of Chepsenyt live together peacefully and ply their trades, growing useful objects through the manipulation of DNA. It was here that Mathembe Fileli grew up, with her father creating tools used in construction and her mother spinning clothes and food.That all changed in an instant.The Broken Land mirrors Belfast resident Ian McDonald's upbringing in Northern Ireland by depicting a nation cut in two by a violent religious divide. On one side are the Proclaimers, the ruling group that doesn't believe in life after death, and on the other side are the Confessors, the opposing group whose thoughts are uploaded in the afterlife. When two Confessors take shelter in Chepsenyt, the Emperor's soldiers burn the village to the ground, throwing the whole country into civil war. In this newly perilous world, Mathembe must draw on her resourcefulness and inner strength to find her family and bridge the nation's gaping rift.

Necroville

Necroville

Author: Ian Mcdonald Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/03/2011

In the Los Angeles ghetto of Necroville, the yearly celebration of the Night of the Dead - where the dead are resurrected through the miracle of nanotechnology and live their second lives as non-citizens - becomes a journey of discovery and revelation for five individuals on the run from their pasts. With his customary flair for making the bizarre both credible and fascinating, McDonald tosses aside the line of demarcation between living and dead in a story that confronts the central quandary of human existence: the essence of non-being.

Empire Dreams

Empire Dreams

Author: Ian Mcdonald Format: eBook Release Date: 29/01/2010

Published simultaneously as Desolation Road, the Empire Dreams collection was intended to exploit the author's nomination for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 1985. It collects the following stories:Vivaldi Visits to Remarkable CitiesUnfinished Portrait of the King of Pain by Van GoghScenes from a Shadowplay Radio MarrakechKing of Morning, Queen of DayThe Island of the DeadEmpire Dreams (Ground Control to Major Tom)Christian The Catharine Wheel (Our Lady of Tharsis)REVIEWS"e;One of the most interesting and accomplished science fiction writers of this latter-day era, indeed maybe the most interesting and accomplished, and certainly the most culturally and musically sophisticated, the Frank Herbert, William Gibson, or arguably even Thomas Pynchon of the early 21st century."e; - Asimov's"e;I will read anything that man writes - he is the most underappreciated genius working in the field today."e; - Cory Doctorow"e;McDonald's power as a storyteller lies in his stylistic versatility and intensity of language as well as in his capacity to create vivid and memorable characters."e; - Library Journal

Cyberabad Days

Cyberabad Days

Author: Ian Mcdonald Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/10/2009

The world: 'Cyberabad' is 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 out-number females four to one. India herself has fractured into a dozen states from Kerala to the headwaters of the Ganges in the Himalayas. Cyberabad is a collection of 7 stories: The Little Goddess. Hugo nominee Best Novella 2006. In near future Nepal, a child-goddess discovers what lies on the other side of godhood. The Djinn's Wife. Hugo nominee and BSFA short fiction winner 2007 A minor Delhi celebrity falls in love with an artificial intelligence but is it a marriage of heaven and hell? The Dust Assassin. Feuding Rajasthan water-rajas find that revenge is a slow, subtle process. Jasbir and Sujay go Shaadi. Love and marriage should be plain-sailing when your matchmaker is a soap-star artificial intelligence Sanjeev and Robotwallah. What happens to the boy-soldier roboteers when the war of Separation is over? Kyle meets the River. A young American in Varanas learns the true meaning of 'nation building' in the early days of a new country. Vishnu at the Cat Circus. A genetically improved 'Brahmin' child finds himself left behind as he grows through the final generation of humanity.

River of Gods

River of Gods

Author: Ian Mcdonald Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/07/2009

August 15th, 2047. Happy Hundredth Birthday, India ... On the eve of Mother India's hundredth birthday, ten people are doing ten very different things. In the next few weeks, all these people will be swept together to decide the fate of the nation. From gangsters to government advisors, from superstitious street-boys to scientists to computer-generated soap stars, River of Gods shows a civilization in flux - a river of gods. RIVER OF GODS is an epic SF novel as sprawling, vibrant and colourful as the sub-continent it describes. This is an SF novel that blew apart the narrow anglo and US-centric concerns of the genre and ushered in a new global consciousness for the genre.

Ian McDonald Selected Poems

Ian McDonald Selected Poems

Author: Ian Mcdonald Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/06/2008

Ian McDonald is South America's equivalent of Robert Frost; a poet writing in a young country who, with an open heart and in clean, honest language, has set down its characters and events, its landscape, traditions and myths, for future generations to discover. Readers far beyond the Caribbean will come to admire his deft use of dialect; his nature poetry, steeped in the mysteries of the Guyanese interior; his sobering awareness of mortality. This selection by Edward Baugh, published for the poet's seventy-fifth birthday, sets the poems from McDonald's four collections in chronological order for the first time. As Baugh writes in his introduction, Ian McDonald's verse is 'irradiated by his celebration of life, his gratitude for happy days and for earth's bounty of joy'.

From Silence to Silence

From Silence to Silence

Author: Ian Mcdonald Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/12/2003

Jaffo the Calypsonian

Jaffo the Calypsonian

Author: Ian Mcdonald Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/01/1994