|About the Book|
Ian McDonalds Desolation Road is one of the books that has influenced me the most as a writer. Funny and sad and wildly imaginative... What a book! -Cory DoctorowThis is the kind of novel I long to find yet seldom do. Desolation Road is a raraMoreIan McDonalds Desolation Road is one of the books that has influenced me the most as a writer. Funny and sad and wildly imaginative... What a book! -Cory DoctorowThis is the kind of novel I long to find yet seldom do. Desolation Road is a rara avis... Extraordinary and more than that! -Philip José FarmerFlavoured with a voice that blends the delightful prose of Jack Vance with the idiosyncratic stylings of Cordwainer Smith, this novel is, most of all, about the dusty town of Desolation Road in the middle of the red Martian desert. Episodic in scope, it would also work as short stories. An elderly couple get lost in the infinite space of their garden, a baby growing in a jar is stolen and replaced with a mango, a man called The Hand plays electric guitar for the clouds and starts the first rain for one hundred and fifty thousand years. -SFSite.comIt 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 Blacks 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 towns 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 is the author of many science fiction novels, including King of the Morning, Queen of the Day, Out on Deep Six, Changa, Kirinya, River of Gods, Brasyl, and Cyberabad Days. He has won the Philip K. Dick Award and the BSFA Award, been nominated for a Hugo Award, and has several nominations for the Arthur C. Clarke Award. He lives in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Visit Ian McDonald online at ianmcdonald.livejournal.com.