Absolution Gap By Alastair Reynolds: Things I Disliked

Absolution Gap Cover

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.

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Andromeda Milky Way Collision

The Andromeda-Milky Way collision is a predicted galaxy collision that is due to take place in approximately 3 billion years’ time between the two largest galaxies in the Local Group – the Milky Way and the Andromeda Galaxy.

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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.

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The Prefect by Alastair Reynolds

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.

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House of Suns by Alastair Reynolds

House of Suns cover
House of Suns cover

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.

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