Christopher Priest (The Prestige, The Separation), in an interview in the June 2006 issue of Locus magazine, on the impact of reading Ian McDonald's River of Gods:
"It's like the ultimate science fiction novel: it's got science, inventions, some terrific characters, wonderful locations, and some of the filthiest sex I've read. When you finish a book like that there's the feeling of 'Holy ****! Now what am I going to do?' Why bother?' In the old days, that would have stopped me writing. I'd have to recover for a couple of years before I could forget it."