Ian McDonald’s chops as a storyteller and visionary have become apparent over two decades of cutting-edge SF—in short stories, novels, and the trickier novellas and novelettes that have often formed the springboard for longer works. The stories in Cyberabad Days showcase those skills, distilling the author’s extrapolation of the present into a cyberpunk, dystopian future that is still fundamentally human despite the increasing dominance of technology in “a world that manages to be convincingly, sympathetically India, but is still created with such light strokes of McDonald’s pen that the reader never gets bogged down in the world-building” (Green Man Review). No matter what form his fiction takes, McDonald has become one of the surest bets in SF.
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"I would recommend this collection to everyone and anyone. If you like River of Gods, this collection is a must-have. If you haven’t read [it], this collection should show you what you’re missing, and provide an introduction to this fascinating world." --SFRevu
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"A terrific book and a satisfying return to the world of River of Gods. Ian McDonald is a genius, pure and simple… Highly recommended! 8.5/10" --Pat’s Fantasy Hotlist
“…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