The Dervish House

The Dervish House

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Welcome to the world of The Dervish House; the great, ancient, paradoxical city of Istanbul, divided like a human brain, in the great, ancient, equally paradoxical nation of Turkey. The year is 2027 and Turkey is about to celebrate the fifth anniversary of its accession to the European Union; a Europe that now runs from the Arran Islands to Ararat. Population pushing one hundred million, Istanbul swollen to fifteen million; Turkey is the largest, most populous and most diverse nation in the EU, but also one of the poorest and most socially divided. It's a boom economy, the sweatshop of Europe, the bazaar of central Asia, the key to the immense gas wealth of Russia and Central Asia. Gas is power. But it's power at a price, and that price is emissions permits. This is the age of carbon consciousness: every individual in the EU has a card stipulating individual carbon allowance that must be produced at every CO2 generating transaction. For those who can master the game, who can make the trades between gas price and carbon trading permits, who can play the power factions against each other, there are fortunes to be made. The old Byzantine politics are back. They never went away...
Publisher: Amherst, N.Y. : Pyr, 2010.
ISBN: 9781616145453
Characteristics: 359 pages ;,24 cm.


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Aug 25, 2012

Science fiction writing different from anything I've read before.

Nov 05, 2010

Ian McDonald is blazing trails in science fiction with his stories set in the developing world. Africa, India, Brazil - and now Turkey. To be precise, Istanbul, the Queen of Cities. What happens in this city that straddles Europe and Asia when high technology and high finance meet old traditions? McDonald has an uncanny ability to make you feel that this is indeed the future of these places - or could be. All done at a rollicking pace that keeps the pages turning.

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