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Ian McDonald - Empire ​Dreams
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 Cities Unfinished Portrait of the King of Pain by Van Gogh Scenes from a Shadowplay Radio Marrakech King of Morning, Queen of Day The Island of the Dead Empire Dreams (Ground Control to Major Tom) Christian The Catharine Wheel (Our Lady of Tharsis)

Ian McDonald - King ​of Morning, Queen of Day
Winner ​of the Philip K. Dick Award and the Prix Imaginales: Three generations of women share a mysterious power—one that threatens to destroy them In 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 existence—an 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 all—but it may prove too powerful to overcome.

Ian McDonald - Terminal ​Café
After ​science conquers mortality, the dead are segregated in Necroville, where they work to pay off their resurrection debts. The walled ghetto is off-limits to living humans, except for tonight, when a wild party and mysterious events will leave the fate of humanity hanging in the balance. From the author of Scissors Cut Paper Wrap Stone.

Ian McDonald - Ares ​Express
A ​Mars of the imagination, like no other, in a colourful, 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.

Ian McDonald - Be ​My Enemy
Everett ​Singh has escaped with the Infundibulum from the clutches of Charlotte Villiers and the Order, but at a terrible price. His father is missing, 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, random Heisenberg Jump to a random parallel plane. Everett is smart and resourceful and from a frozen earth far beyond the Plenitude plans to rescue his family. But the villainous Charlotte Villiers is one step ahead of him.

Ian McDonald - The ​Broken Land
Life ​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.

Ian McDonald - Luna ​- Újhold
A ​Holdon meg kell küzdened minden talpalatnyi helyért. És Adriana Corta pontosan ezt tette. A Hold legfiatalabb uralkodócsaládjának fejeként Adriana kicsavarta a Hold hélium-3 iparát a Mackenzie vállalat kezéből, és új státuszt vívott ki a családjának. Élete alkonyán azonban Adriana vállalatát számos ellenség támadja, akiket üstökösszerű felemelkedése során szerzett. A Corta család csak úgy maradhat fent, ha Adriana öt gyermeke megvédi az anyjuk birodalmát a támadóktól… és egymástól is.

Ian McDonald - Planesrunner
There ​is not one you. There are many yous. There is not one world. There are many worlds. Ours is one of 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. Suddenly, this teenager has become the owner of the most valuable object in the multiverse the - Infundibulum - the map of all the parallel earths, and there are dark forces in the Ten Known Worlds who will stop at nothing to get it. They've got power, authority, and 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. To keep the Infundibulum safe, Everett must trick his way through the Heisenberg Gate 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!

Ian McDonald - River ​of Gods
August ​15th, 2047. Happy Hundredth Birthday, India... In the mid twenty-first century, Mother India is all the things she is now - ancient and vibrant, poor yet staggeringly rich. Diverse, violent, beautiful and terrible, thrilling and bewildering. A nation choked with peoples and cultures, riven with almost seismic contrasts and contradictions. Nearly two billion humans crowd the subcontinent and her seething cities - the cyberabads - where timeless culture and the highest of high-technologies meet to spawn new societies, and - possibly - new sentient species. RIVER OF GODS is a book as big and brawling as its subject. Its magnificently diverse array of characters - from genetically enhanced 'Brahmins' to body-part runners, American scientists to 'Dharma-cops' (government Artificial Intelligence assassins) - are drawn in interwoven stories towards a cosmic-scale conclusion that will forever change the way we understand ourselves, life, and the universe we inhabit.

Ian McDonald - Cyberabad ​Days
A ​collection of eight stories, "Cyberabad Days" is a triumphant return to the India of 2047 (the India of River of Gods ); a new, muscular superpower in an age of artificial intelligences, climate-change induced drought, strange new genders, and genetically improved children.

Ian McDonald - Síkvándor
NEM ​CSAK EGYETLEN VAN BELŐLED, HANEM SZÁMTALAN. Mind részei vagyunk az univerzumok sokaságának a párhuzamos dimenziókban – és Everett Singh apja éppen most találta meg az odavezető utat. Csakhogy elrabolták, és most úgy tűnik, mintha Everett édesapja soha nem is létezett volna. Egyetlen nyom bukkan fel, amelyet fia követhet, egy titokzatos program: az Infundibulum – egy térkép, és nemcsak a Tíz Ismert Világ térképe, hanem az egész multiverzumé. Persze léteznek olyanok is, akik nagyon szeretnék rátenni a kezüket. Ahhoz, hogy Everett épségben megőrizze, és megmentse édesapját, szüksége lesz barátokra: Anastasia Sixsmyth kapitányra, annak fogadott lányára, Senre és az Örökkévaló léghajó legénységére. „Az Örökkévaló-sorozat első kötete máris nyertes” Publishers Weekly „Csillogó képzelet, lüktető feszültség és sziporkázó íráskészség teszi a könyvet kiemelkedővé” Kirkus Reviews „Fenomenális kaland” SFX

Ian McDonald - Out ​on Blue Six
In ​a far-future city where happiness and stability are law, a group of rebels will fight for what it means to be human The Compassionate Society was designed as a utopia, where people’s genetic predispositions and aptitudes—rather than random choice—guide 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 citizens—who were matched to their jobs, spouses, and friends—the 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 Society—a struggle that could stand as humanity’s last chance for growth, innovation, and ultimately, survival. Thrilling and inventive, Out on Blue Six is 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.

Ian McDonald - Wolf ​Moon
A ​Dragon is dead. 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 of 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 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 continues Ian McDonald's saga of the Five Dragons.

Ian McDonald - The ​Dervish House
It ​begins with an explosion. Another day, another bus bomb. Everyone it seems is after a piece of Turkey. But the shock waves from this random act of twenty-first-century pandemic terrorism will ripple further and resonate louder than just Enginsoy Square. 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. The year is 2027 and Turkey is about to celebrate the fifth anniversary of its accession to the European Union, a Europe that now runs from the Arran Islands to Ararat. Population pushing one hundred million, Istanbul swollen to fifteen million, Turkey is the largest, most populous, and most diverse nation in the EU, 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, three interconnected story strands, one central common core—the eponymous dervish house, a character in itself—that pins all these players together in a weave of intrigue, conflict, drama, and a ticking clock of a thriller.

Ian McDonald - Desolation ​Road
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.

Ian McDonald - Empress ​of the Sun
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. There they find an Alderson Disc, an astronomical megastructure of incredibly strong material reaching from the orbit of Mercury to the orbit of Jupiter. Then they meet 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. War between their kingdoms is inevitable, total and terrible. Everness has jumped right into the midst of a faction fight between rival nations, the Fabreen and Dityu empires. The airship is attacked, but then defended by the forces of the Fabreen, who offers theEverness crew protection. But what is the true motive behind Empress Aswiu's aid? What is her price? The crew of the Everness is divided in a very alien world, a world fast approaching the point of apocalypse.

Ian McDonald - Brasyl
Sao ​Paolo, 2032.: A megszámlálhatatlan milliók, a lélegzetelállító gazdagság és az életet elszívó nyomor városa. Egy város, amire az örökké éber angyalok vigyáznak, figyelik minden mozdulatodat, a pénzed áramlását. Egy város, ahol egy tolvaj csapdába és szerelembe eshet az illegális kvantumszámítások zavarba ejtő világában. Edson Jesus Oliveira de Freitas városa... Rio de Janeiro, 2006.: A foci és a capoeristák városa, ahol Jézus széttárt karral figyel. Marcelina Hoffman városa: egy város, ami reality TV-n él. Ezen a helyen egy becsvágyó TV producer miközben megtalálja a következő nagy dobást, elveszítheti az életét és a lelkét. Brazília, 1732.: Az Amazonas medencéje, a Rio Negro és Rio Branco közös medrének vidéke. Egy édeni szépségű táj, az arany és a borzalmas halál földje, ahol índio-k és rabszolgák vesznek körbe. Az őrület és a vallás birodalma, ahol a valóság töréspontra érkezik. Luis Quinn atya és dr. Robert François St. Honoré Falcon közös sorsának vidéke.

Ian McDonald - Luna ​– Ordashold
A ​Corta Hélio, a Holdat uraló öt családi vállalat egyike elbukott, vagyonát ellenségei osztották fel egymás között, túlélői szétszóródtak a világban. Tizennyolc hónappal a tragédia után az életben maradt Corta gyerekek közül Lucasinho és Luna az Aszamóa család védelme alatt áll, míg Robson lényegében túsz a Mackenzie-k kezében. Az örökös, Lucas Corta pedig eltűnt a Hold színéről. Lucas azonban nem halt meg, és nem hagyott fel a játszmával: még a halál sem akadályozhatja meg abban, hogy újra felépítse családi vállalatukat. A Corta Héliónak ugyanakkor szövetségesekre van szüksége, ezért Lucas mindent egy lapra tesz fel, és életveszélyes útra indul – a Földre, ahová holdi ember még soha nem tette be a lábát. Az ingatag holdi birodalomban pedig tetőpontjára ér a családok politikai ármánykodása, és kirobban a nyílt háború.

Ian McDonald - Hearts, ​Hands and Voices
For ​almost 30, 000 years The Land has been a dependency of The Empire Across The River. The Empire retains a mechanistic technology in the hands of the wealthy and the civil service, but The Land uses its dead, whose brains are linked to a massive data network. By the author of "Desolation Road".

Ian McDonald - Brasyl ​(angol)
Think ​Bladerunner in the tropics... 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 separate stories follow three main characters: Edson is a self-made talent impressario one step up from the slums in a near future São Paulo of astonishing riches and poverty. A chance encounter draws Edson 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? Marcelina is an ambitious Rio TV producer looking for that big reality TV hit to make her name. When her hot idea leads 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. 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, all linked together across time, space, and reality in a hugely ambitious story that will challenge the way you think about everything.

Ian McDonald - Sacrifice ​of Fools
Protestants, ​Catholics, aliens . . . Just another division in Belfast When 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 possible—be 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.

Ian McDonald - A ​dervisház
Bomba ​robban egy isztambuli villamoson – egy átlagos nap, egy mindennapos merénylet a 2027-es év Törökországában, amely az Európai Unió legfiatalabb, legsokszínűbb, ugyanakkor legszegényebb tagja: Közép-Ázsia bazárja, a földgázkincsek kapuja, a nanotechnológiai fejlődés műhelye. Ez a robbanás azonban az Adem Dede téri dervisház minden lakójának életét felforgatja: a katasztrófákra fogadásokat kötő, nyugalmazott közgazdászprofesszorét, az országos földgázcsalással élete legnagyobb dobására készülő brókerét, a legendás, mézzé lett ember nyomába eredő régiségkereskedőét, a nanotechnológiai újítást eladni próbáló marketingesét, a szívbeteg kisfiúét és a házban bujkáló férfiét, aki a merényletet követően dzsinneket kezd el látni. Olyan veszély nyomára bukkannak, amely nem csak Törökországot, hanem Európa többi részét is fenyegeti...

Ian McDonald - New ​Moon
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. Maybe it will kill you when the per diem for your allotted food, water, and air runs out, just before you hit paydirt. Maybe it will kill you when you are trapped between the reigning corporations-the Five Dragons-in a foolish gamble against a futuristic feudal society. On the Moon, you must fight for every inch you want to gain. And that is just what Adriana Corta did. As the leader of the Moon's newest "dragon," 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, in the twilight of her life, Adriana finds her corporation-Corta Helio-confronted 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.

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