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The Dervish House – Ian McDonald

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It begins with an explosion. Another day, another bus bomb. Everyone, it seems, is after a piece of Turkey. Butt the shockwaves from this random act of 21st-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 100 million, Istanbul swollen to 15 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 ancient power struggle between Sunni and Shia threatens like a storm: Ankara has watched the Middle East emerge from 25 years of sectarian conflict. So far it has stayed aloof. A populist prime minister has called a referendum on EU membership. Tensions run high. The army watches, hand on holster. And a Galatasary Champions’ League football game against Arsenal stokes passions even higher. 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.
Unabridged.
Read by Jonathan Davis.

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Cyberabad Days (India 2047 #2) – Ian McDonald

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Cyberabad Days

A collection of eight stories, “Cyberabad Days” is a triumphant return to the India of 2047 (the India of
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); a new, muscular superpower in an age of artificial intelligences, climate-change induced drought, strange new genders, and genetically improved children.contents:9 • America is Not the Only Planet (2009) essay by Paul McAuley13 • Sanjeev and Robotwallah (2007) short story31 • Kyle Meets the River (2006) novelette51 • The Dust Assassin (2008) novelette79 • An Eligible Boy (2008) novelette109 • The Little Goddess (2005) novella155 • The Djinn’s Wife (2006) novelette199 • Vishnu at the Cat Circus (2009) novella

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Luna: New Moon – Ian McDonald

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Luna: 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 atmosphereThe 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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Life on Mars: Tales from the New Frontier – Jonathan StrahanKage BakerJohn BarnesStephen BaxterCory DoctorowEllen KlagesNancy KressIan McDonaldNnedi OkoraforAlastair ReynoldsChris RobersonKim Stanley RobinsonRachel Swirsky

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Life on Mars: Tales from the New Frontier

Mars! The Red Planet! For generations, people have wondered what it would be like to travel to and live there. That curiosity has inspired some of the most durable science fiction, including Ray Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles and the work of Isaac Asimov. Now the award-winning anthologist Jonathan Strahan has brought together thirteen original stories to explore the possibilities. After reading Life on Mars, readers will never look at the fourth planet from the sun the same way again.

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Out on Blue Six – Ian McDonald

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In a totalitarian future controlled by the Compassionate Society, the Ministry of Pain, and the Love Police, cartoonist Courtney Hall finds herself a fugitive. Her only escape is to an underground society – a society of violence and decadence Courtney must traverse to realize her dreams.
Unabridged.
Read By Jeff Harding.

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Out on Blue Six – Ian McDonald

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Out on Blue Six

In a totalitarian future controlled by the Compassionate Society, the Ministry of Pain, and the Love Police, cartoonist Courtney Hall finds herself a fugitive. Her only escape is to an underground society–a society of violence and decadence Courtney must traverse to realize her dreams.

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Chaga – Ian McDonald

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A fantasy adventure following network journalist Gaby McAslan to Africa to research the Kilimanjaro Event – a meteor which landed in Kenya causing the African landscape to give way to the “Chaga”, an alien flora able to destroy all man-made materials and mould human flesh, bone and spirit.
Unabridged.

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