This July a much appreciated novel will see a reprint. Ian McDonald’s debut novel, “Desolation Road”, published for the first time in 1988 will be re-published by Pyr SF. The novel was nominated for the Arthur C. Clarke Award and gathered many praising words since its first publishing.
It 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 Black's 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 town’s 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.
And as you can see the new edition benefits from a very interesting cover art, which to be honest would have caught my eye although I didn’t know the title or the author. The cover was created by the multiple award winner and fascinating Stephan Martiniere.