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Cyberabad

Author: Ian McDonald
Publisher: Heyne Verlag
ISBN: 3641082889
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Willkommen in der Zukunft, Indien! Wir schreiben das Jahr 2047: Indien feiert 100 Jahre Unabhängigkeit. Doch in dem Land, das mit seinen pulsierenden Großstädten, hypermodernen Computern und künstlichen Intelligenzen in der Moderne angekommen ist, werden auch zerstörerische Tendenzen sichtbar. Und während zehn Menschen auf ganz unterschiedliche Weise um ihr Schicksal und das ihres Landes ringen, entfaltet sich zwischen Slums und Großrechnern die digitale Zukunft der Menschheit...

Cyberabad Days

Author: Ian McDonald
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 0575087935
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The world: 'Cyberabad' is the India of 2047, a new, muscular superpower of one and a half billion people in an age of artificial intelligences, climate-change induced drought, water-wars, strange new genders, genetically improved children that age at half the rate of baseline humanity and a population where males out-number females four to one. India herself has fractured into a dozen states from Kerala to the headwaters of the Ganges in the Himalayas. Cyberabad is a collection of 7 stories: The Little Goddess. Hugo nominee Best Novella 2006. In near future Nepal, a child-goddess discovers what lies on the other side of godhood. The Djinn's Wife. Hugo nominee and BSFA short fiction winner 2007 A minor Delhi celebrity falls in love with an artificial intelligence but is it a marriage of heaven and hell? The Dust Assassin. Feuding Rajasthan water-rajas find that revenge is a slow, subtle process. Jasbir and Sujay go Shaadi. Love and marriage should be plain-sailing when your matchmaker is a soap-star artificial intelligence Sanjeev and Robotwallah. What happens to the boy-soldier roboteers when the war of Separation is over? Kyle meets the River. A young American in Varanas learns the true meaning of 'nation building' in the early days of a new country. Vishnu at the Cat Circus. A genetically improved 'Brahmin' child finds himself left behind as he grows through the final generation of humanity.

Transforming Asian Cities

Author: Nihal Perera
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 0415507383
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While there is no lack of studies on Asian cities, the majority focus on financial districts, poverty, the slum, tradition, tourism, and pollution, and use the modern, affluent, and transforming Western city as the reference point. This vast Asian empirical presence is not complemented by a theoretical presence; academic discourses overlook common and basic urban processes, particularly the production of space, place, and identity by ordinary citizens. Switching the vantage point to Asian cities and citizens, Transforming Asian Cities draws attention to how Asians produce their contemporary urban practices, identities, and spaces as part of resisting, responding to, and avoiding larger global and national processes. Instead of viewing Asian cities in opposition to the Western city and using it as the norm, this book instead opts to provincialize mainstream and traditional knowledge. It argues that the vast terrain of ordinary actors and spaces which are currently left out should be reflected in academic debates and policy decisions, and the local thinking processes that constitute these spaces need to be acknowledged, enabled, and critiqued. The individual chapters illustrate that "global" spaces are more (trans)local, traditional environments are more modern, and Asian spaces are better defined than acknowledged. The aim is to develop room for understandings of Asian cities from Asian standpoints, especially acknowledging how Asians observe, interpret, understand, and create space in their cities.

Mantras Of Change

Author: Lak
Publisher: Penguin Books India
ISBN: 9780143065579
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Mantras Of Change: Reporting India In A Time Of Flux Brings To The Fore The Face Of A New India, A Country That Is In A Constant And Prolonged State Of Social And Economic Ferment, Largely Driven By The Aspirations Of People At Every Level, Fuelled By The Many Forces That Are Beyond The Control Of The Government Or The Increasingly Powerful Private Sector. Bullock Carts And Snake Charmers Are Deliberately Set Aside As Lak Offers A Glimpse Of Life In Changing India Based On His Travels And Encounters With People Along The Way. Witty And Provocative, The Essays Talk About The Information Technology Boom And Its Impact, The Sexual Revolution, Environmental Degradation, The Breakdown Of Family Structures And, Of Course, Poverty And Caste. In A Series Of Sharply Drawn Portraits, The Book Introduces Us To A Policeman Working In Death Squads, Hindu Priests Striving To Save The Environment, Hiv-Positive Women Dying A Dignified Death, Old Soldiers From The Opposite Sides Of Intractable Conflicts Showing Genuine Affection For Each Other, And Several Sexual Advice Counsellors. Above All, Mantras Of Change Is An Effort To Share With The Readers Lak&Rsquo;S Idea Of India And His Love Affair With A Glorious And Perplexing Land.

India In Slow Motion

Author: Mark Tully
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0141935871
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Mark Tully is incomparable. No one has a greater understanding of the passions, the contradictions, the humour, the tragedy and the staggering resilience that constitute India. In his long awaited new book, he delves further than ever before into this country of one billion people. Covering subjects as diverse as Hindu extremism, bonded child labour, Sufi mysticism, the crisis in agriculture, the persistence of political corruption and the problem of Kashmir, he paints a picture of India at once poignant, funny, startling and deeply humane.

The Year S Best Science Fiction Twenty Fifth Annual Collection

Author: Gardner Dozois
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
ISBN: 9781429983716
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In the new millennium, what secrets lay beyond the far reaches of the universe? What mysteries belie the truths we once held to be self evident? The world of science fiction has long been a porthole into the realities of tomorrow, blurring the line between life and art. Now, in The Year's Best Science Fiction Twenty-Fifth Annual Collection the very best SF authors explore ideas of a new world. This venerable collection of short stories brings together award winning authors and masters of the field such as Robert Reed, Ian McDonald, Stephen Baxter, Michael Swanwick, Paolo Bacigalupi, Kage Baker, Walter Jon Williams, Alastair Reynolds, and Charles Stross. And with an extensive recommended reading guide and a summation of the year in science fiction, this annual compilation has become the definitive must read anthology for all science fiction fans and readers interested in breaking into the genre. "This venerable annual’s twenty-fifth edition represents a milestone for editor Dozois. He has kept faith with the series for a quarter-century without ever shortchanging, or even showing any signs of shortchanging, readers on either quality or abundance of selections."--Booklist

The Mammoth Book Of Best New Sf 25

Author: Gardner Dozois
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 178033883X
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In this the twenty-fifth edition of his celebrated annual Mammoth Book of Best New SF (its 29th as The Year's Best SF in the United States), award-winning editor Gardner Dozois presents most outstanding pieces of short science fiction from 2011, along with his typically informative notes on each author. Many are the work of award-winning writers, but there are also some surprising newcomers. The collection is prefaced, as ever, by Dozois's Summation of 2011 in SF, a review of the year's highlights in publishing and film - including non-fiction, media and awards - obituaries and an insightful look at emerging trends. Includes stories from bestselling writers: Damien Broderick, Paul McAuley, Ian R. MacLeod, Catherynne M. Valente, Robert Reed, Alastair Reynolds, Michael Swanwick, Yoon Ha Lee and many more. Praise for previous editions: Quantity as well as quality . . . every piece is a treasure. The Times. For more than a quarter century, Gardner Dozois's Mammoth Book of Best New SF has defined the field. It is the most important anthology, not only annually, but overall. Charles N. Brown, publsiher of Locus Magazine. New authors rub shoulders with old hands, and strong work from relative novices Hannu Rajaniemi and Lavie Tidhar suggest that SF's future is as bright as ever. Financial Times.

The Year S Best Science Fiction Twenty Seventh Annual Collection

Author: Gardner Dozois
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
ISBN: 9781429905695
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The thirty-two stories in this collection imaginatively take us far across the universe, into the very core of our beings, to the realm of the gods, and the moment just after now. Included here are the works of masters of the form and of bright new talents, including: John Barnes, Elizabeth Bear, Damien Broderick, Karl Bunker, Paul Cornell, Albert E. Cowdrey, Ian Creasey, Steven Gould, Dominic Green, Nicola Griffith, Alexander Irvine, John Kessel, Ted Kosmatka, Nancy Kress, Jay Lake, Rand B. Lee, Paul McAuley, Ian McDonald, Maureen F. McHugh, Sarah Monette, Michael Poore, Robert Reed, Adam Roberts, Chris Roberson, Mary Rosenblum, Geoff Ryman, Vandana Singh, Bruce Sterling, Lavie Tidhar, James Van Pelt, Jo Walton, Peter Watts, Robert Charles Wilson, and John C. Wright. Supplementing the stories are the editor's insightful summation of the year's events and a lengthy list of honorable mentions, making this book both a valuable resource and the single best place in the universe to find stories that stir the imagination, and the heart.