A Novel of Near-Future India
Alan Dean Foster
Set in Sagramanda, city of 100 million, this is the story of Taneer, a scientist who has absconded with his multinational corporation’s secret project code and who is now on the run from both the company and his father. Depahli, the fabulously beautiful woman from the “untouchable class” would die for him, just as surely as his father would like to kill him for shaming the very traditional family for such a relationship. Chalcedony “Chal” Schneemann doesn’t want to kill Taneer, if he doesn’t have to, but it wouldn’t upset him terribly much if it came to it, and he’ll stop at nothing to recover the stolen property for the company that pays him very, very well to solve big problems discreetly and quickly. Sanjay Ghosh, a poor farmer-turned-merchant in the big city of Sagramanda would like to help Taneer unload his stolen items, for the $30 million dollars his 3 percent fee is worth. Jena Chalmette, a crazy French woman pledged to Kali, simply wants to kill for the glory of her god, and she’s very good at it. Chief Inspector Keshu Singh would like to put this sword-wielding serial killer away as quickly as possible before the media gets a hold of the story.
Then there’s a man-eating tiger, come in from the nearby jungle reserve and just looking for his next meal.
A fast-paced and gripping techno-thriller set in an India just around the corner from today.
“[Foster’s] prose is frequently divine, full of apt phrases and neat similes…
“Sagramanda is by far the best thing [Alan Dean Foster has] written thus far, a chef d’oeuvre for sure, and what’s more, colorful, exotic, and reasonably action-packed, too….All these threads start separately and stepwise weave together to come to a quite satisfying plot, theme, and character apotheosis at the very end, and along the way Foster paints a very detailed, sensorily vivid, culturally and technologically convincing, portrait of his extrapolated India via characters who come alive with psychological depth. What more can you ask of a science fiction novel?”
“A unique blend of thriller and science fiction evolves, set in an India of the far future and providing science fiction fans with satisfying adventure.”
"Wonderful depiction of Indian culture; fast-paced; entertaining characters and back stories; excellent finish.... BOTTOM LINE: A fine near-future thriller and a fun, engrossing read. There is no one main character in Sagramanda besides the city itself, which is wonderfully full of culture and cool tech like personal air cars, control bracelets, electric rickshaws, a virtual-reality Kama Sutra, personal tech and such...a fine thriller and a fun, engrossing read. MY RATING: 4 Stars”
“Alan Dean Foster is a master storyteller.”