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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.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I struggled with the book. It was long and complicated but held my attention the entire way through. I hope Alastair builds on this.Published 14 days ago by Ronald
Revelation Space is a hard SF style space opera by Alastair Reynolds. It is a very ambitious debut novel, full of ideas and interweaving plots. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Michael Dea
An intriguing glimpse at far-future space-faring human life, with some fantastical far-past and - maybe? - spiritual undertones. Read morePublished 1 month ago by danno
I usually don't read this type of book but I was hooked and can't wait to read the second one!Published 1 month ago by Anubis
A startling journey across time and space. Excellent read. I recommend reading Chasm City first for alien situation explanations. Read morePublished 1 month ago by D.I. Telbat, Christian Fiction Author
Good plot and story. Reynolds often uses made up words as adjectives which can be annoying when you're trying to get into the book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Z. Reisman