Alastair Reynolds has been one of my favorite authors ever since I discovered him. In recent years, with his departure from the Revelation Space universe, his work hasn’t been as good. He was a master at hard science-fiction, creating intricate storylines that blew me aways.It was with high hopes that I anticipated his Poseidon’s Children series. I started the last book in the series, Poseidon’s Wake, a few days ago and finished it quite quickly.
As I was lying in my bed last night, reading The Man in the High Castle, I started missing reading about the Void. Unlike Reynolds, who has completely abandoned his magnum opus, Revelation Space, Hamilton has spent time developing even further.
I finally managed to get my hands on Alastair Reynolds’ last book, Terminal World. One of the reasons why I had waited for a while is that the story was very steampunk-ish, and I don’t think that Alastair Reynolds should write steampunk. He should write hard science-fiction. Actually, I don’t really like reading about steampunk. I much prefer to read hard science-fiction, fiction, and fantasy.
I’m a fan of Alastair Reynolds and I’ve read all of his books, most of them at least two times or more. His Revelation Space series was really interesting. I’m in the midst of finishing up Absolution Gap for the 3rd time, and I’ve started to notice some things that I dislike.
Central to Alastair Reynolds’ science fiction books in the Revelation Space universe, the Andromeda-Milky Way collision is set to occur in about 3 billion years. A machine race named the Inhibitors, that stems from organic quadrupeds, have designated themselves the shepherds of the galaxy and are culling any spacefaring civilisation in order to minimize the effect of the collision. They are moving star systems around, but they are also suffering from enthropy. The Dawn War happened millions of years ago and the Inhibitors have decided on a form of post-intelligence as non-sapients, meaning that they aren’t aware, and wholly machine.
They possess advanced technology with is partly based on femtotechnology or structured space-time and are Von Neumann machines, capable of self-replication. By confining intelligent life to just a few systems, the Inhibitors make moving solar systems around a far easier and more centralized task.
It is likely that the two galaxies will merge and the resulting galaxy will be called Milkomeda. Andromeda is believed to have collided with another galaxy in the past. Such events are quite common on the galactic scale.
It took me a while to get this book, but I finally managed to buy and read it. The only trouble is that it took me about 4 hours to read this book. I guess I’ll just have to be happy to read Pushing Ice and House of Suns again later this week.
The Prefect is the first of Alastair Reynolds’ books that takes place during the so-called Golden Age of humankind. Chasm City is almost in La Belle Époque, but during the voyage from Sky’s Edge to Yellowstone, the Melding Plague hit and La Belle Époque was over.
I finally managed to buy the latest Alastair Reynolds book. I was foiled back in 2007 while I was trying to get The Prefect in Taiwan. At the time, the book had only been published in the UK and my retailed didn’t managed to get a copy. In hindsight, I don’t know why I just used Amazon. I’ve been a fan of Reynolds ever since I picked up Redemption Ark in 2004. The thing that attracted me to that book was the cover. It had style and the font was really interesting. Funny how superficial things catch your eye.
This is a spoiler-less review of House of Suns by Alastair Reynolds. No elements of the ending or specific elements of the main intrigue have been revealed.
While I await to purchase The Last Colony next week, as well as, hopefully, Metal Swarm from Kevin J. Anderson, The Prefect and House of Suns by Alastair Reynolds and the last Dune book, which I haven’t yet read. I’m anxiously awaiting Anathem from Neal Stephenson.
What made me read Scalzi? I’ve been reading his blog for about 5 months. That in itself isn’t really what made me decide to start reading his work. It’s actually because I saw the Tor.com had Old Man’s War out for free as an ebook. It’s no longer available, but I was curious.
His writing is peculiar. Like I mentioned before, there is a sardonic wit present in his stories, which is mostly absent from the more hard hitting science-fiction. Just think about the premise of Android’s Dream. A trade negotiator kills his alien rival during a set of talks by farting him to death thanks to a stick up his ass.
I just finished The Dreaming Void by Peter F. Hamilton. I really liked it. I started it on Sunday and had a hundred pages left today. Luckily, The Temporal Void will be published in October 2008, so the wait isn’t that long to find out what will happen next.