Anil Menon The Beast With Nine Billion Feet

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The Beast With Nine Billion Feet

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It is 2040 A.D. The place is Pune, India. The future is here and now.
Liquid computers. Flawless skin. Emotional cars. Illusion pods. It's a world full of tough questions and infinite possibilities. Why are Tara's new friends, Francis and Ria, so freaked out by the night sky? Is there strange and beautiful mother, Mandira, friend or foe? Where is their father? Is he a terrorist or 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 now' of Anil Menon's brilliant and disturbing debut novel, the future itself is at stake.

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Anil Menon's stories have appeared in a variety of international magazines and anthologies. He likes science fiction for its cheeky attitude towards common sense. He lives and works in Virginia, in 2040 A.D.

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Anil Menon is a writer of extraordinary wit and intelligence. His novel is characterized by a rare emotional sensitivity combined with intellectual depth -- all rendered in fine prose. Definitely a writer to be excited about. --Vandana Singh

This spellbinding novel will entrance not just teenagers, but everyone. --Windows & Aisles, December 2009 Issue, Paramount Airways Inflight Magazine

This exciting, imaginative and intelligently witty fantasy will blow your mind. Who says science fiction fantasies cannot be set in our own country? This book is as original and fascinating as the best books from other corners of the world. The year is 2040, and the future of our dreams and nightmares has arrived. Kids in Pune, India are working with liquid computers and illusion pods and travelling in intelligent cars. Perfect, pimple free skin can be had by applying the right creams. Synthit is a brave new world of difficult questions and endless possibilities. A world peopled with humans, and transhumans who are more than human. Thirteen year-old Tara of Pune waits for her father to return, to escape her domineering aunt, to leave boring old Pune, and to grow up. Her older brother Aditya is a virtual-reality game addict, whose sharp mind holds a mysterious key. Tara seeks answers to many questions. Her new friends, Ria and Francis, get strangely upset by the night sky. Is her mysterious and lovely mother Mandira a friend or enemy? Why has Mandira come all the way from the artificial island of Nurth? Is her father a terrorist or a genius? Who is Aditya really? And finally, what is the beast with nine million feet? There are no simple answers. Tara and Aditya find themselves caught up in a deadly struggle for power and control. The genetic code to life itself is in danger of falling into the wrong hands. This spellbinding novel will entrance not just teenagers, but everyone. --Monideepa Sahu, Deccan Herald

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