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Sylveste is the only man ever to return alive and sane from a Shroud, an enclave in space protected by awesome gravity-warping defenses: "a folding a billion times less severe should have required more energy than was stored in the entire rest-mass of the galaxy." Now an intuition he doesn't understand makes him explore the dead world Resurgam, whose birdlike natives long ago tripped some booby trap that made their own sun erupt in a deadly flare.
Meanwhile, the vast, decaying lightship Nostalgia for Infinity is coming for Sylveste, whose dead father (in AI simulation) could perhaps help the Captain, frozen near absolute zero yet still suffering monstrous transformation by nanotech plague. Most of Infinity's tiny crew have hidden agendas--Khouri the reluctant contract assassin believes she must kill Sylveste to save humanity--and there are two bodiless stowaways, one no longer human and one never human. Shocking truths emerge from bluff, betrayal, and ingenious lies.
The trail leads to a neutron star where an orbiting alien construct has defenses to challenge the Infinity's planet-wrecking superweapons.
At the heart of this artifact, the final revelations detonate--most satisfyingly. Dense with information and incident, this longish novel has no surplus fat and seems almost too short. A sparkling SF debut. --David Langford, Amazon.co.uk --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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A very vivid universe and tons of interesting science. An entertaining work of hard sci-fi, though I think 100 or so pages could have been edited out.Published 9 days ago by Lady Sharrow
So many of these one and two star reviews for the ending wouldn't have occurred if the reviewers had read the short collection, Galactic North, before this series finale. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Captain
It took me two trys to start reading Alastair Reynolds, but once I did he became one of my favorite authors.Published 25 days ago by York
Still a good read. So happy with it. Read it in high school and it makes me feel nostalgic in addition to all the interesting concepts and entertainment.Published 1 month ago by Susan J Roesbery
Good read and great story. I loved the "horror" theme and imagery. But it could have been ~100 pages shorter if the author would write succinctly.Published 2 months ago by Timothy J. Zumwalt
A book that holds up to its name. The grandeur and scope of this book can not be summed up in a few words. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Samuel Morreale
Seriously though, I hate writing book reviews since people who are good at it and practiced at doing so are REALLY good at it, but this book and the rest of the... Read more
mixing the best of science fiction genres in to an engrossing relevistic adventure across decades and light years. Read morePublished 3 months ago by alphex