Synopses & Reviews
Hundreds of thousands of years ago, the Amarantin civilization was annihilated just as it was on the verge of space flight. Scientist Dan Sylveste is determined to solve the Amarantin riddle before ancient history repeats itself and he forges a deadly alliance with the cyborg crew of a spaceship. But as Sylveste closes in on a secret, a killer closes in on him. A "Locus" Best First Novel of the Year. (June)
"Intensely compelling; darkly intelligent; hugely ambitious." Paul J. McAuley, author of Ancients of Days
"A terrific treat. I was hooked from page one. Billion-year-gone alien wars, killer intelligencesand perhaps the most stunning and original alien artifact in modern science fictionand all rendered with the authentic voice of a working scientist. Ferociously intelligent and imbued with a chilling logicit may really be like this Out There." Stephen Baxter, co-author of The Light of Other Days
"A striking first novel. Revelation Space delivers the goods. Certain to be one of the year's most impressive debut novels, and one of the most significant large-scale epics of the year. Reynolds is the next writer to watch in the resurrection of the conceptually intelligent space opera." Gary Wolfe, Locus
"Complicated, and very clever and well-written...a spectacular first novel."Aboriginal SF
"A delight. A refreshing and entertaining reconsideration of some of the genre's oldest tropes. An impressive first novel, quite possibly the space opera of the year. Watch for it at awards time."Jonathan Strahan, Locus
Alastair Reynolds's critically acclaimed debut has redefined the space opera with a staggering journey across vast gulfs of time and space to confront the very nature of reality itself.
About the Author
Alastair Reynolds was born in Barry, South Wales, in 1966. He studied at Newcastle and St. Andrew's Universities and has a Ph.D. in astronomy. A former astrophysicist for the European Space Agency, he lives in the Netherlands, near Leiden. He is now writing full-time.