August 15th, 2047. Happy 100th Birthday, India....
On the eve of Mother India's 100th birthday, 10 people are doing 10 very different things. In the next few weeks, all these people will be swept together to decide the fate of the nation. From gangsters to government advisors, from superstitious street-boys to scientists to computer-generated soap stars, River of Gods shows a civilization in flux - a river of gods.
River of Gods is an epic science fiction novel, as sprawling, vibrant and colourful as the sub-continent it describes. This is a novel that blew apart the narrow Anglo- and US-centric concerns of the genre, and ushered in a new global consciousness for science fiction as a whole.
©2012 Ian McDonald (P)2012 Audible Ltd
This is a book that pulls in many aspects of India - the Hindu gods, the bureaucracy, the pace of life in the cities, technological research, cricket, the caste system and waiting for the monsoon - as a setting for an exciting near-future sci fi novel full of believable characters caught up in destiny and fighting to understand how we can come to terms with the evolution of computers and AIs.It is compulsive listening with amazing narration by Jonathan Keeble. A delicious length allowing the listener to get to know the characters and become drawn in to the multi stranded story. And if you like this one then try Ian McDonald's 'Brasyl' - another humdinger, this time set in Brasil.
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