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Desolation Road

Desolation Road

Desolation Road is a 1988 science fiction novel written by Ian McDonald. It was McDonald's first published novel. The plot takes place on a far future Mars in a town that develops around an oasis in the terraformed Martian desert. McDonald published a sequel, Ares Express, in 2001.


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„A chilly piety leaked into the air.“

—  Ian McDonald, book Desolation Road

Source: Desolation Road (1988), Chapter 49 (p. 248).

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„Ghosts? Pah. We are the most substantial things in the world, the foundations of the present. We are memories.“

—  Ian McDonald, book Desolation Road

Source: Desolation Road (1988), Chapter 54 (p. 270).

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Ian McDonald photo
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„It was fate, and being angry at fate was as futile as being angry at the weather.“

—  Ian McDonald, book Desolation Road

Source: Desolation Road (1988), Chapter 23 (p. 116).

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„She had trapped the bird of salvation, sung to it, tamed it and wrung its neck.“

—  Ian McDonald, book Desolation Road

Source: Desolation Road (1988), Chapter 32 (p. 168).

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„Once muddying subjectivities are removed from the issue, the decision becomes clear.“

—  Ian McDonald, book Desolation Road

Source: Desolation Road (1988), Chapter 49 (p. 247).

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