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The Beast with Nine Billion Feet

It is 2040AD. The place is Pune, India. The future is here and now. Liquid computers. Flawless Skin. Emotional cars. Illusion pods. Synthetic life. For thirteen-yearold Tara and her elder brother Aditya, it's a world full of tough questions and infinite possibilities. Why are Tara's new friends, Francis and Ria, so freaked by the night sky? Is their strange and beautiful mother, Mandira, friend or foe? Where is their father? Is he a terrorist or a genius? And what, exactly, is the beast with nine billion feet?

As Tara and Aditya soon find out, there are no simple answers. They find themselves on very different tracks, caught up in a deadly game - a struggle for power and control, a fight for the genetic code to life itself. In the 'here and how' of Anil Menon's brilliant and disturbing debut novel, the future itself is at stake.

"Spread the news. The Beast is Alive!!" Continue reading

Breaking the Bow: Speculative Fiction Inspired by the Ramayana

A long time ago, a young prince, the heir to a great South-Asian kingdom, wielded Siva's mighty bow and won the heart of a brave princess.

The story of what happened next to the married couple, the Ramayana, told and re-told countless times over the centuries, begins where most stories end. The twenty-five stories in Breaking the Bow take a similar courageous leap into the unknown. Inspired by the Ramayana and its cultural importance, the anthology dares to imagine new worlds.

Here you will find magic realist and surreal stories. Robot and cyberpunk stories. Fantasy and science fiction stories. Hard-to-classify stories.

Stories by some of the best writers in contemporary south-Asian fiction, including Abha Dawesar, Rana Dasgupta, Priya Sarukkai Chabria, Tabish Khair, Kuzhali Manickavel, Mary Anne Mohanraj and Manjula Padmanabhan. Stories not only from India, Sri Lanka and Thailand, but also Dubai, Israel, Holland, the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States.

Breaking the Bow is a collection of brilliant, original and beautifully told tales, guaranteed to enlighten and entertain.

PLEASE NOTE: This copy is discounted at 70% and is in saleable but not pristine condition. It may show signs of age or wear. Continue reading

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