Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Release - "Ares Express" by Ian McDonald

Today is the official release day for the first American edition (UK 2001) of Ares Express by Ian McDonald. This is being released by PyrSF, a publisher that is packaging some of the best SFF available and all with amazing artwork.  Ares Express is the follow-up to Desolation Road. I love SF about Mars and this is in the Bradbury tradition. Read a sample here. Imagine - Martian Steampunk! (well the look anyway)

A Mars of the imagination, like no other, in a colorful, witty SF novel; Taking place in the kaleidoscopic future of Ian McDonald's Desolation Road, Ares Express is set on a terraformed Mars where fusion-powered locomotives run along the network of rails that is the planet's circulatory system and artificial intelligences reconfigure reality billions of times each second. One young woman, Sweetness Octave Glorious-Honeybun Asiim 12th, becomes the person upon whom the future - or futures - of Mars depends. Big, picaresque, funny; taking the Mars of Ray Bradbury and the more recent, terraformed Marses of authors such as Kim Stanley Robinson and Greg Bear, Ares Express is a wild and woolly magic-realist SF novel, featuring lots of bizarre philosophies, strange, mind-stretching ideas and trains as big as city blocks.

Ian McDonald is the author of many science fiction novels, including Brasyl, River of Gods, Cyberabad Days, Desolation Road, King of Morning, Queen of Day, Out on Blue Six, Chaga, and Kirinya. He has won the Philip K. Dick Award, the BSFA Award, and a Hugo Award, and has been nominated for the Nebula Award and a Quill Book 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

Pages: 389
ISBN #: 978-1-61614-197-4 •
Format: Trade Paperback
Publication: April 13, 2010


  1. I'd not ever heard of these books but the description sounds super cool. The character name alone caught my attention- something about honeybuns, maybe. Well, I might not remember the name but I am definitely adding these to my list. Been feeling the need to switch up genres lately. Good thing payday is soon:)

  2. Anna I have these all queued up for when I need a break from UF/PNR too.

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