Among the new generation of science ficiton writers Ian McDonald
stands out as a brilliant master of the imaginative. Now, in eleven
superbly crafted stories, he creates spellbinding worlds of the past,
present, and future...
In "Gardenias" a futuristic machine brings its inventor a dubious
immortality and gives rise to a seductive new religion of annihilation
- and ecstasy.
In "Rainmaker Cometh" the inhabitants of a small desert town meet
the mysterious Rainmaker and come face to face with their secret
dreams and desires.
In "Fragments of an Analysis of a Case of Hysteria" a patient of
Sigmund Freud surmounts her own hidden fears, only to be caught in the
grip of a waking nightmare in the madness of Nazi Germany.
In "Floating Dogs" self-aware animals created by angels learn the
chilling purpose of their dutiful existence.
In "Toward Kilimanjaro" the Earth of the future must contend with a
strange and insidous otherworldly invasion ... and its promise of a
Wildly inventive, beautifully written, Speaking in Tongues
envisions haunting landscapes that both challenge and illuminate the
mind and heart of humanity.
Cover blurb of Bantam Spectra edition