(#158796) RIVER OF GODS. Ian McDonald.

RIVER OF GODS. Amherst, NY: Pyr an Imprint of Prometheus Books, [2006]. Octavo, boards. First U.S. edition. "There is an abiding sense in McDonald's more recent work that the futures we already inhabit in the early twenty-first century are not only all-encompassing, but may also mark the end of the dominance of the old First World. This is perhaps most explicit in RIVER OF GODS (2004), set in a complexly depicted loose confederation of states that by the year 2047 (the hundredth anniversary of independence) have exfoliated out of India. The great subcontinent -- bedevilled by the inexorable crises of climate change, and intensely implicated in the development of AI technologies beyond limits "permitted" by a conservative America attempting vainly to defend its old prerogatives -- becomes here an immensely detailed and plausible arena, a vision of near future that seems in the end quite remarkably realistic." - Roz Kaveney and John Clute, SFE (online). "Massive (583 pages) future history of India seen through the eyes of a number of different protagonists. Both eutopian and dystopian elements. India is both high tech and very traditional." - Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1986-2009. Winner of the British Science Fiction Association Award, Novel, 2005. A Hugo and Arthur C. Clarke nominee. Anatomy of Wonder (2004) II-744A. Broderick and Di Filippo, Science Fiction: The 101 Best Novels, 1985-2010 #75. Publisher's promotional material laid in. Small pen (?) mark on the fore-edge of sheets, else a fine copy in fine dust jacket. (#158796).

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