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Any other Alastair Reynolds fans here?

BlueMeany

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I was quite surprised to notice that Alastair Reynolds doesn't have his own thread in the "authors" section. In my opinion, he is one of the most readable writers around. He tells a good story with interesting twists, and it's all more or less believable in terms of what could happen. He keeps me turning the pages. Here's is the list in chronological order, starting in the year 2000.

Revelation Space
Redemption Ark
Chasm City
Galactic North
Zima Blue and Other Stories
The Prefect - Acclaimed as one of his best.
Diamond Dogs and Turquoise Days
Absloution Gap - Finale of the Revelation Space theme.
The Six directions of Space

And, due out June 2, 2009:
House Of Suns

Check out the intro (House of Suns):

Six million years ago, at the very dawn of the starfaring era, Abigail Gentian fractured herself into a thousand male and female clones: the shatterlings. Sent out into the galaxy, these shatterlings have stood aloof as they document the rise and fall of countless human empires. They meet every two hundred thousand years, to exchange news and memories of their travels with their siblings.

Campion and Purslane are not only late for their thirty-second reunion, but they have brought along an amnesiac golden robot for a guest. But the wayward shatterlings get more than the scolding they expect: they face the discovery that someone has a very serious grudge against the Gentian line, and there is a very real possibility of traitors in their midst. The surviving shatterlings have to dodge exotic weapons while they regroup to try to solve the mystery of who is persecuting them, and why - before their ancient line is wiped out of existence, for ever.

Here's what they're saying:

Reynolds injects a good old fashioned sense of wonder into his science fiction by combining a story of epic scale with a series of awe-inspiring revelations, each more breathtaking than the last. The finale is thrilling, moving and humane. This is Reynolds' best novel to date."
 

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I've only partly read one Reynolds book,Pushing Ice and enjoyed it. I just didn't finish it as I was not in a good frame of mind at the time. But going from what I did read I'd say yes,Reynolds has got legs! My kind of stuff!
Oh dont worry about a favourite author not being listed,they only get their own listing if 5 or more threads are started about the author and there is plenty of discussion going. That explains why there's no Aldiss Anderson or Ballard. They're no less important,just that not enough discussion about them has been made. But I think you'll find a good number of Reynolds 'fans' on here!
 

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I started reading Revelation Space but didn't finish it and haven't gotten back to it yet. I did like some of his stories enough that I got Galactic North and Diamond Dogs and Turquoise Days (and like what I've read in Zima Blue and Other Stories, though I missed that collection). I liked the two collections a lot. I love exploring fictional universes with large timespans via connected collections. Zima Blue contains stuff from outside that universe, but he doesn't need to write in that universe to be good.

I'll get back to the novels soon.
 

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So nice to see a thread for this great writer.

I love Alastair Reynolds (not in a gay way) and think that he is a really good writer. Particularly enjoyed the whole Revelation Space thing and really hope that he revisits that future. (Or maybe the past, i'd like to read about the Dawn War and the creation of the Inhibitors.)

I haven't yet bought Zima Blue.

By the way, welcome to the boards Bluemeany.
 

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I like his writing ... definately on the "always buy" list - and i'm pretty sure House of Suns is already out (I'm sure i have a copy at home - not yet read it though)

Absolution Gap suffered a little from resolving too many long running plot threads "off stage" but otherwise the whole inhibitors series ranks in the amazing to very strong kind of range.

I wasn't that keen on Pushing Ice - OK, not really up to the usual standard.

The Prefect however I thought was fantastic, one of the better SF books of the last couple of years.

Not picked up any of his story collections yet - I don't really read a lot of short fiction
 

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Not picked up any of his story collections yet - I don't really read a lot of short fiction
I'd really recommend Galactic North. There are some brilliant stories in there AND they're all set in the Revelation Space Universe. How cool is that.
 

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if you want to dip your toe in to the Revelation Space universe, try Galactic North. It's a set of short stories all set in the RS universe. Very gripping and sometimes quite horrible. Some absolutely stunning endings.
 

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Al Reynolds is a tremendous writer! One of the best around at present IMO.

Until not so long ago (before he became a full time writer and moved back to Wales) he was earning his keep as an astrophysicist for the European Space Agency in the Nethelands, so he has the science to make much of what he writes very plausible.

I was lucky enough to commission and publish an original story from him, "Soiree" in last year's Celebration anthology, and he told me recently that the story would never have been written had I not approached him for a piece, which was very rewarding to hear.

In a departure from the norm, Al delivered a steampunk novel, with airships and all, to his publisher a couple of months ago (it's due out towards the end of this year) but then has in mind a really 'hard SF' trilogy. He tells me that he doesn't really consider anything he's written to date to be 'hard science fiction' but that this truly will be.

Can't wait! :)
 

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I started reading Revelation Space but didn't finish it and haven't gotten back to it yet.
I had a lot of problems getting through the early chapters of this novel, but after them (50 or so pages in) the book just took off. In the meantime, you might try Chasm City, a really excellent novel set in the same universe.


In a departure from the norm, Al delivered a steampunk novel, with airships and all, to his publisher a couple of months ago (it's due out towards the end of this year) but then has in mind a really 'hard SF' trilogy. He tells me that he doesn't really consider anything he's written to date to be 'hard science fiction' but that this truly will be.

Can't wait! :)
Given his past form (the only story of his I've not liked is Diamond Dogs and that is because of the characters and their behaviour, not the quality of the storytelling and writing), I'm glad to hear he's got another four books on the way.
 

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I had a lot of problems getting through the early chapters of this novel...
This was my experience too, though it took a few more than 50 pages for me. I was a bit past my ~100 page cut off when it just clicked for me. Really like his stuff now.

I read the rest of the Revelation Space trilogy and Pushing Ice so far. Loved Pushing Ice except for the feud between the 2 main characters. Thought that was a bit over the top.

I'll get back to him for sure as his other books sound interesting as well. I like what Ian said about a really 'hard SF' trilogy!
 

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I had a lot of problems getting through the early chapters of this novel, but after them (50 or so pages in) the book just took off. In the meantime, you might try Chasm City, a really excellent novel set in the same universe.
This was my experience too, though it took a few more than 50 pages for me. I was a bit past my ~100 page cut off when it just clicked for me. Really like his stuff now.
My bookmark (which doesn't matter anymore, as I'll need to start over) is at p.106. :) Thanks for the tips, Ursa and icowdave. I was able to pick up a number of his books at used and much-below-used prices (which I justify on the theory that I may like them and they cost less than I paid for single collections which I did like) so I'll go to at least p.150 of RS and sample the rest, including CC. (I think it'll be okay this time - Reynolds' books, like everyone else's, are too long and I didn't have as much faith in his being worth it at the time and was very busy besides. I'm sure it'll go fine next time.)

Given his past form (the only story of his I've not liked is Diamond Dogs and that is because of the characters and their behaviour, not the quality of the storytelling and writing), I'm glad to hear he's got another four books on the way.
I think I know what you mean. That's a pretty harsh story and I'm still not sure what I think of it. It was definitely interesting while reading it, though.

I like what Ian said about a really 'hard SF' trilogy!
Can't say I care anything about the steampunk, but I like the hard SF idea, too. His work so far seems suitably science fictional to me, but is of the space opera sort that means playing with the net down a little right out of the gate. I love that sort of SF, so it's fine by me, but I would like to see some true nuts and bolts and wiring diagram SF from him.
 

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I passed Revelation Space to a couple friends and they both abandoned it too soon which is a pitty. I kept telling them to stick it out a little longer but other books were beckoning. Seems it's been that way for a lot of people.

I still say it's worth it, J-Sun. I've bailed on books that I could not get into because I was not in the right frame of mind for them at the time. Some I've gone back to later and really liked. Let us know if you get past your bookmark on the second try.
 
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Revelation space started great, but fell apart halfway through.. I might try another down the line, but it was quite a disappointment.
 

BlueMeany

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I like his writing ... definately on the "always buy" list - and i'm pretty sure House of Suns is already out (I'm sure i have a copy at home - not yet read it though)


The Prefect however I thought was fantastic, one of the better SF books of the last couple of years.
Agreed about "The Prefect".

Wow! Let me know if you like "House of Suns". I'm in a bit of a remote spot. Belle Vue Island, (Part of the British Virgin Islands). It's beautiful here, but costly to have books shipped in. (There are bookstores on the bigger islands, so I can get there once in awhile).

Looks like some good responses here, mates. Thanks! I'm glad I'm not alone. :)
 

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I was quite surprised to notice that Alastair Reynolds doesn't have his own thread in the "authors" section. In my opinion, he is one of the most readable writers around. He tells a good story with interesting twists, and it's all more or less believable in terms of what could happen. He keeps me turning the pages. Here's is the list in chronological order, starting in the year 2000.

Revelation Space
Redemption Ark
Chasm City
Galactic North
Zima Blue and Other Stories
The Prefect - Acclaimed as one of his best.
Diamond Dogs and Turquoise Days
Absloution Gap - Finale of the Revelation Space theme.
The Six directions of Space

And, due out June 2, 2009:
House Of Suns
Hi BlueMeany,

I think you have the order of his books off a little...

hzzp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alastair_Reynolds#Bibliography
^^still cant post links... so just replace the zz's with tt's

I like his work so far. And Like others it seems his books dont really pick up until after the first 100 or so pages. But after that they are great!

I started reading Redemption Ark this month, and I see alot of references to Chasm City... I guess I should have started from the beginning but oh well, Ill go back and read the other 2 when I find them in hardback :)

Livens
 

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I really like Reynolds and tend to get into his books straight away. I think the first 100 pages is to set the scene and the characters and since the RS universe is so rich, i enjoy this.
 
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