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Empire Dreams

by Ian McDonald


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Published simultaneously as Desolation Road, the Empire Dreams collection was intended to exploit the author's nomination for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 1985. It collects the following stories:

  • Vivaldi Visits to Remarkable Cities
  • Unfinished Portrait of the King of Pain by Van Gogh
  • Scenes from a Shadowplay Radio Marrakech
  • King of Morning, Queen of Day
  • The Island of the Dead
  • Empire Dreams (Ground Control to Major Tom)
  • Christian The Catharine Wheel (Our Lady of Tharsis)

    "One of the most interesting and accomplished science fiction writers of this latter-day era, indeed maybe the most interesting and accomplished, and certainly the most culturally and musically sophisticated, the Frank Herbert, William Gibson, or arguably even Thomas Pynchon of the early 21st century." –Asimov's

    "I will read anything that man writes—he is the most underappreciated genius working in the field today." –Cory Doctorow

    "McDonald's power as a storyteller lies in his stylistic versatility and intensity of language as well as in his capacity to create vivid and memorable characters." –Library Journal

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    Jabberwocky Literary Agency, Inc.
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    Ian McDonald (Author)

    Ian McDonald is the author of many award-winning and critically-acclaimed science fiction novels, including Brasyl, River of Gods, Cyberabad Days, The Dervish House, and the ground-breaking Chaga series. He has won the Philip K. Dick Award, the BS...

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