revelation space review

It is the story of monomaniacal archaeologist Dan Sylveste’s quest to excavate the secrets of the Amarantin, an extinct humanoid race who mysteriously disappeared centuries ago without a trace. In the sf book discussion forums I participate in (Reddit) his name is always cropping up. Just like many debut novels, it seems absolutely chock full of ideas, which leads to it having a slow start, a bit too much exposition, description and some info-dumps, whereas the characters and their feelings aren't gone into enough for my taste. The Revelation Space universe is a fictional universe which was created by Alastair Reynolds and used as the setting for a number of his novels and stories. It certainly filled in some holes in my understanding (or lack thereof) of those other stories I read :-D, Reviewed in the United States on January 27, 2016, Reviewed in the United States on December 26, 2018. What a meandering mess. We’d love your help.

My preferred genre is fantasy and the more epic the better for me. Secondary characters come to play very important roles in the fallout of the storylines of these three main characters as they close upon one another. I used to read a lot more science fiction 20 years ago than I do now, but I've had this on my shelves for a while and the other Reynolds I read was ok. Reynolds is an Astrophysicist and clealry knows his stuff. One day the world will be full of science fiction authors whose prose styles are as good as their imaginations. There's a one way data firewall between the ship and the gunnery not an a two way firewall. If there is anything that drives this story from the very beginning to the frighteningly awesome conclusion, it is the disparate motivations of every single one of the characters found within the narrative. Its fictional history follows the human species through various conflicts from the relatively near future (roughly 2200) to approximately 40,000 AD (all the novels to date are set between 2427 and 2727, although certain stories extend beyond this period). If you haven’t read it yet… well you shouldn’t put off reading it any longer either.

That was typical Sajaki; like all the genuinely clever people Sylveste had met he knew better than to feign understanding where none existed.”. REVELATION SPACE is a fantastic science fiction novel where the galaxy is a very large, old place and everyone in within it in has their own motivations. Guess that's "hard" sci-fi for you.

The possibility of living on in digital form is not a new one, but Reynolds takes it a little farther. This is the first of a trilogy and is on a grand scale, what is termed space opera, I suppose. But on the evidence of this book, Alastair Reynolds isn't one of them. Once Sun Stealer went into the gunnery it could not exit. The plot is complex with a number of narrative strands and focuses on why there appear to be few extant spacefaring civilisations and many more civilisations that appear to have ended/been destr. The only real problem was the that each plot thread was interwoven in tiny amounts, making progress very disjointed. Alastair Reynolds recently announced that two of his stories, “Beyond the Aquila Rift” and “Zima Blue” have been adapted for television in the Netflix series “Love, Death & Robots”. Reviewed in the United States on February 19, 2019, I kinda went backwards in that I've read a couple other novels in the Revelation Space setting before actually reading this, the first book of the series. On the 5 star side (or even the 6 star side as I give those books I think are truly special) the ideas, concepts, technology, world-building (or better stated, galactic civilization building) and descriptions of the various factions of humanity are amazingly original and incredibly entertaining. but Hamilton writes about a future that despite having its ups, downs, and various inequities, is mainly Bright & Shiny, full of possibility.

I think its not about the age, but how interesetd you are in Technology and physics. He gets the science and he gets the characters, and that is a pretty fine place indeed to find ones self. Near the opening pages he finds a long-buried obelisk that holds clues about this extinct race and their state of technological development that have been hitherto undiscovered. If there is a sequel to this, I’ll give it a try. Eraserheads delete back-ups (of your mind).

She is contracted somewhat unwillingly by a mysterious woman known only as Mademoiselle to make her way to the planet of Resurgum, find Dan Sylveste, and immediately execute him. The plot was interesting, and when we get to truly understand the scope of this story it is amazing. No one else believes him.

With no other resources at his disposal, Sylveste forges a dangerous alliance with the cyborg crew of the starship. This page works best with JavaScript.

From the millennial time scales to travel across the galaxy to the massive size of the Ultra spaceship, Nostalgia for Infinity, it seems that everything is large and epic in scope. To see what your friends thought of this book. REVELATION SPACE (Amazon) is the first book in the Revelation Space trilogy (or possibly The Inhibitors Trilogy, which resides within the Revelation Space Universe — the internet is somewhat at odds with itself on this matter) and has more science fiction goodness in the first 20% of the book than most other series have in their entirety. If your fan of the wing of scifi represented in the mainstream by movies like Ridley Scott's Alien and John Carpenter's The Thing(or more recently Danny Boyles'Sunshine)than this book will be endless entertainment for for you. Which is exactly the reason why he’s one of my favorites. There are aspects of science fiction that insist that they should always be epic, but stories don’t always bear out that size. Well, how about a little more? I'm a hard SF guy, and I enjoyed the beginning of this book. Reynolds builds up to a spectacular conclusion which would look good in an action movie, but which he also tries to explain with science. Revelation Space is a sprawling trip through time (in only one direction) through a universe filled with unknown and unknowable aliens, human factions, and a dead world, killed aeons ago by a solar flare that might or might not have been related to the spacefaring contingent of that world - according to the main character, Dan Sylveste, at least. I'm Al, now a Goodreads author. I started off publishing short stories in the British SF magazine Interzone in the early 90s, then eventually branched into novels. BUT the mysteries, ideas and intricate plot became more and more intriguing with each page, the characters did warm up a little and grew on me, and I enjoyed the novel more and more. Thomas M. Wagner of SF Reviews wrote that "despite my disappointment, images and bits and pieces of the novel simply would not get out of my head. This is a lot how I imagine Peter F Hamilton would read like if he never got sidetracked and had a manageable number of story arcs, with half the word count. The Great Self-published Fantasy Blog-off. It would be much easier to infect the rest of the ship, especially during surgery like communications etc... as gunnery is not connected to rest of the ship? But in the case of Revelation Space, two and three years later I still could remember the opening scene in the archaeological dig on the lonely planet … This is an interesting one. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Alastair Reynolds is a magnificent science fiction author. Given that this trilogy's second and third novels are even longer than Revelation Space, I don't get the impression that Reynolds' self-indulgence is a thing he's felt any particular compunction to rein in. I really did enjoy this one, despite some fairly strong qualms, and I plan to keep reading in the sequence. This book had potential at every turn. The space suits with views of their own and a good line in sarcasm are quite amusing. I’d already read both books in the PREFECT DREYFUS EMERGENCY SERIES (EBR Archive), and loved them both, so when I figured out that this series resided in the same universe as that one, it was like coming home to an old friend. This is the first of a trilogy and is on a grand scale, what is termed space opera, I suppose. But at the same time, I like variety. Revelation Space by Alastair Reynolds is a stand alone novel and is also well-known as book 1 in the 6 book "Revelation Space" series published during 2000-2007. The premise was very interesting to me and what kept my turning the 500+ pages night after night, but the payoff...well... didn't pay off. I agree with every factor that you have pointed out. Your email address will not be published. Dan Sylveste is an archaeologist digging on the far-flung planet of Resurgam where, nearly a million years ago, a race known as the Amarantin were summarily wiped out by their sun.

Reviewed in the United States on August 23, 2018. Hmm, where to start with this tome...it was immediately obvious why most people steer clear of sci-fi. Alistair Reynolds delivers a ripper that is part space opera part cyberpunk and a touch of horror. Refresh and try again. Required fields are marked *. Shoot, the more volumes the better (okay, I draw the line at some point). Revelation Space leaves plenty open for its sequel, too, but it doesn't do so in such a way that it's a letdown in its own right. Reynold's knowledge of science really comes through and makes this story and world almost tangible. I keep putting him off as I have too many books on my list, but the relentless mentions he gets is like he is tapping on my shoulder saying "When are you gonna read my stuff?". I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Alastair Reynolds is a magnificent science fiction author. Reynolds IS a scientist, who worked for ESA, which deeply affects his books. From Ana Khouri’s desire to be with her lost husband to the mistrust that each of the Ultras seem to hold for one another to the broken relationship between Dan Sylveste and the beta-level simulation of his father, Calvin.

Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published Some of my books and stories are set in a consistent f. I'm Al, now a Goodreads author. Now one scientist, Dan Sylveste, will stop at nothing to solve the Amarantin riddle before ancient history repeats itself. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in, This is really a 3.5 but I'll give it the benefit of the doubt, Reviewed in the United States on March 13, 2018. The scope was very large and I always love that. “One glance at a book and you hear the voice of another person, perhaps someone dead for 1,000 years. What’s the age recommendation for this book?

There are lots of interesting ideas related to how humans get around in the vast emptiness of space. I dream of books completely populated by morally grey characters, and this book delivered on that. but Hamilton writes about a future that despite having its ups, downs, and various inequities, is mainly Bright & Shiny, full of possibility. ), Through the interweaving stories of a scientist, soldier, and weapons expert, Alastair Reynolds explores classic science fiction themes in. Ilia Volyova is a member of a sparse crew of Ultras, humans that have intermixed their flesh with technology and science to an alarming degree, that find themselves in need of another crew member after one of theirs dies rather… untimely.

All of the three main protagonists have their own particular agenda and Reynolds weaves their coming together very well. In this case though, the story does. Mind bending tech meets horror and non stop tension and a rising feeling of of dread mixing a sense of absolute wonder. If you are ready to curl up with a snappy long winded tour-de-force of space war run amok then this is the book for you my frien, Reviewed in the United States on November 25, 2016, Revelation Space - Novel, Science Fiction - [0733 - 2016-11-24], Reviewed in the United States on September 8, 2018. He just knows how to do things well. I never got tired of it.

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