By Ian McDonald
The international: 'Cyberabad' is the India of 2047, a brand new, muscular superpower of 1 and a part billion humans in an age of synthetic intelligences, climate-change prompted drought, water-wars, unusual new genders, genetically better young ones that age at part the speed of baseline humanity and a inhabitants the place men out-number ladies 4 to at least one. India herself has fractured right into a dozen states from Kerala to the headwaters of the Ganges within the Himalayas.
Cyberabad is a set of seven stories:
"The Little Goddess". Hugo nominee most sensible Novella 2006. In close to destiny Nepal, a child-goddess discovers what lies at the different aspect of godhood.
"The Djinn's Wife". Hugo nominee and BSFA brief fiction winner 2007A minor Delhi big name falls in love with a man-made intelligence yet is it a wedding of heaven and hell?
"The dirt Assassin". Feuding Rajasthan water-rajas locate that revenge is a sluggish, refined process.
"Jasbir and Sujay pass Shaadi". Love and marriage may be plain-sailing whilst your matchmaker is a soap-star synthetic intelligence.
"Sanjeev and Robotwallah". What occurs to the boy-soldier roboteers while the conflict of Separation is over?
"Kyle meets the River". a tender American in Varanas learns the genuine that means of 'nation construction' within the early days of a brand new country.
"Vishnu on the Cat Circus". A genetically more desirable 'Brahmin' baby reveals himself left at the back of as he grows in the course of the ultimate iteration of humanity.
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Would you like to do it? We'd pay—it'd be government scrip not dollars or euro. " He lied about it to his family: the glamour, the tech, the sexy spun-diamond headquarters and the chrome he brought up to dazzling dazzling shine by the old village trick of polishing it with toothpaste. Sanjeev lied from disappointment, but also from his own naive overexpectation: too many nights filled with androgynous teenagers in spandex suits being clamshelled up inside block-killing battle machines. The robotwallahs of the 15th Light-Armored and Recon Cavalry—sowars properly—worked out of a cheap pressed-aluminum go-down on a dusty commercial road at the back of the new railway station.
Mom," he said. " His name is Kyle Rubin and he's here to build a nation. Well, his father is. Kyle doesn't have much of an idea of nations and nationhood, just that he's not where he used to live but it's okay because it's not really all that different from the gated community; there are a lot of folk like him, though he's not allowed to leave the compound. In here is Cantonment. Out there is the nation that's being built. That's where his dad goes in the armored cars, where he directs the construction helicopters and commands the cranes that Kyle can just see from the balcony around the top floor of the International School.
And working for them cleaning for them getting towels for them when they went sweating and stinking to the shower after a tour in the combat rig was the maximum thing in Sanjeev's small life. They were his children, they were his boys; no girls allowed. "Hanging around with those badmashes all day, never seeing a wink of sun, that's not good, for you," his mother said, sweeping round the tiny top-floor living room before her next lesson. "Your dad needs the help more; he may have to hire a boy in.
Cyberabad Days by Ian McDonald