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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.

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Other books by Ian Mcdonald

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

In the recently completed work entitled The Crisis in Medicine & the Rise of the Reflective Physician , a comprehensive account of the serious problems of health care and suggested solutions are discussed. In this current version, the topics discussed are directed primarily at the interested lay person. In order to gain an overview of the argument, one can read the chapter headings, the subheadings, the first line of each paragraph and the sections highlighted. Is it yet another diatribe against the role of science in medicine? It is not; a deep respect exists for its magnificent achievements. Medicine rode to fame on the coat-tails of science during the 19th and 20th centuries. More recently, the public images of both have become somewhat tarnished. Yet there have been some brilliant medical scientific advances, to the use of autopsies to locate diseases in specific body tissues, design of scopes to examine the heart and to peer into every body cavity and orifice, identification of the 'quid divinum' causing infectious disease -- bacteria -- and anaesthesia, surgery, and childbirth has become safer. Doctors have reaped rewards in the form of social prestige and formidable political clout. Nevertheless, hardly any scientific medicine had come into full flower until after World War II. Then there were signs of a backlash. Why then has medicine fallen from its former grace?

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.

Crisis in Contemporary Medicine & the Rise of the Reflective Physician

Crisis in Contemporary Medicine & the Rise of the Reflective Physician

Author: Ian Mcdonald Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/07/2013

This book is an account of criticism and controversy surrounding modern medicine. Chapter One provides an overview of the contents. Chapter Four explains the contribution of the concept of paradigm' to the analysis provided. The argument is that, for all its fine accomplishments in medicine, the science has also damaged the art. This view is an echo of views expressed by eminent physicians early in the last Century, including William Osler and Francis Peabody. Concrete evidence of an ailing doctor-patient relationship is manifest in the form of some serious clinical problems. These include patient dissatisfaction, failure to take prescribed medication, failure of a doctor's reassurance of normality to allay anxiety, resort to alternative medicine, use of patient advocates and defection' to alternative medicine. These we see as, not only damaging to treatment and health outcome, and very expensive, but indicators of a basic lack of trust.