Ian Macdonald's River of Gods, painted a vivid picture of a near future India, 100 years after independence. It revolutionised British science fiction for a new generation by taking a perspective that was not European or American. Brasyl will do the same for South America's largest and most vibrant country.
This is a story that begins in the favelas, the slums of Rio, and quickly expands to take in drugs, corruption, and a frightening new technology that allows access to all the multiple worlds that have slipped into existence in other planes every time we make a decision. This is rich, epic science fiction that opens our eyes to the world around us and posits mind-blowing alternative sciences. It is a landmark work in modern science fiction from one of its most respected practitioners.
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"Thrill in Brasil."
This is an exciting rollcoaster ride with great characters and a quantum multiverse theme. Set in the 17th century and the near future its a melange of capoera, tv reality shows designed for embarassment, psychadelic frogs, missionaries in the amazon, dopplegangers from parellel universes and knives that cut between atoms. I loved Ian McDonald's 'Rivers of India' and this is similarly immersive in a foreign culture, using familiar tropes about that culture to build a subtle and rewarding sci fi plot. The reading is excellent and I really can't fault it as a way to brighten up the drive to work and the washing up!
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