Alastair Reynolds is one of the world's finest writers of far future space opera, lauded by mainstream and genre press alike THE PREFECT made the SUNDAY TIMES Top Twenty 'A mastersinger of the space opera' THE TIMES 'Space opera's current Janacek' TELEGRAPH It's rare to find a writer with sufficient nerve and stamina to write novels that are big enough to justify using words like "revelation" and "redemption". Reynolds pulls it off' PUBLISHERS WEEKLY All of Reynolds' novels are excellent backlist sellers; his first novel, REVELATION SPACE, has sold more than 100,000 copies in the UK alone.
Alastair Reynolds was born in Barry, South Wales, in 1966. He studied at Newcastle and St Andrews Universities and has a Ph.D. in astronomy. He lived in the Netherlands for 15 years before returning to Wales. He gave up working as an astrophysicist for the European Space Agency to become a full-time writer. REVELATION SPACE and PUSHING ICE were shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award; REVELATION SPACE, ABSOLUTION GAP and CENTURY RAIN were shortlisted for the British Science Fiction Award, which CHASM CITY won; DIAMOND DOGS was shortlisted for the British Fantasy Award.
Reynolds (The Prefect) returns to the universe of his 2005 novella "Thousandth Night" in this sprawling novel of intergalactic intrigue. It is 6.4 million years in the future and humanity has spread throughout the Milky Way. Some cultures have established transient empires across space; others, the Lines, have used relativistic travel to colonize deep time. Clone-siblings Campion and Purslane are delayed on their way to a Gentian Line reunion, a coincidence that saves them from a massacre. Allied with potentially hostile Machine People and an enigmatic post-human god called the Spirit, armed only with fragmentary records and hints that Campion's research provoked the mysterious House of Suns, the Gentian survivors struggle to find and stop their enemies before the genocide can be completed. Intriguing ideas and competent characterization make this a fine example of grand-scale relativistic space opera. (June) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
aEntertaininga]This is warm hearted science fiction with big
aA thrilling, mind- boggling adventure.a
a"The Times" (UK)
aReynoldsas approach seems new, exciting, vibrant.a
aA sweeping, audacious slice of galactic-scale intrigue and subterfuge.a
aReynolds has once again created a galaxy-spanning, mind-boggling stage on which to set a gripping, thoughtful, intelligent drama.a