- Series: Revelation Space (Book 1)
- Mass Market Paperback: 592 pages
- Publisher: Ace; Reprint edition (May 28, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0441009425
- ISBN-13: 978-0441009428
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 430 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,066 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Praise for Revelation Space
“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 intelligences—and perhaps the most stunning and original alien artifact in modern science fiction—and all rendered with the authentic voice of a working scientist. Ferociously intelligent and imbued with a chilling logic—it may really be like this Out There.”—National bestselling author Stephen Baxter
“An inventive, wide-ranging, fascinating and exciting space adventure...The best first novel I’ve ever read since A Canticle for Lebowitz.”—Don D’Ammassa, Science Fiction Chronicle
“Complicated, and very clever and well-written...a spectacular first novel.”—Aboriginal Science Fiction
“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.”—Jonathan Strahan, Locus
“Something new and exciting...absolutely first-rate.”—The Cleveland Plain Dealer
“This is science fiction on a large, cosmological scale, and Reynolds does not lack in big ideas...Many of the ideas in Revelation Space are awe-inspiring...cutting-edge and convincingly rendered.”—SF Site
About the Author
Alastair Reynolds is the author of the Poseidon’s Children series and the Revelation Space series. Born in Barry, South Wales, he studied at Newcastle University and the University of St. Andrews. A former astrophysicist for the European Space Agency, he now writes full-time.
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However, this story was not without flaws. I think this may be up to personal preference, but I found the plot to be too complexed for the style in which it was delivered and the plot devices the author chose. There is constant movement in this story, and the bite-sized bits of information we're given come too infrequently. The result is a story that is hard to get into. The characters are interesting; however, the thick shroud (see what I did there...) of mystery that surrounds them for the majority of this book made it impossible for me to get invested in any of them. The last issue I had was how cumbersome the writing was. I was never at any point eager to pick this book up again, even after I got into the plot.
I am interested in this plot, I will definitely be picking up the next one in the series....... eventually.....
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.
In this story mankind has evolved into various conflicting factions and has established colonies on other planets all without the use of FTL - faster than light travel. Scientist-archeologist Dan Sylvester is excavating an alien artifact on the planet Resurgam. The hieroglyphical markings on this nine thousand centuries monument gives a picture of a planet destroying encounter with vastly superior alien technology. We learn that the aliens - referred to as the "Inhibitators" are ancient survivors of the "Dawn War". The Inhibitators, victors in a galaxy wide centuries long war are dedicated to prevent at all cost another species from spreading the seeds of conflict. Prevention is in the form of automatic sentinels that react with ferocious planet annihilating power if certain technological triggers are activated. Sylvester cunningly maneuvers himself to become involved in a fascinating and fantastical series of events that results in a mystical-like confronting with the Inhibitors artifact.
There are numerous ideas, characters and back story allusions peppered throughout this novel. At time I felt like I had mistakenly read the last book in a sequential series when I was in fact reading book 1. I can understand an authors' desire to materialize an all encompassing "outer space" theme for a series but without footnotes or a glossary this reader was somewhat dazed and confused.
Mr. Reynolds, with his Ph. D in astronomy is a master at technological extrapolation. Therefore this story exhibits many "hard" aspects of hardware type science-fiction that will cause long time fans weep with joy and others to whimper with annoyance.
My trades paperback edition of this title ran 600 pages with a small font. I enjoyed this story with one major reservation - it would of been a much better reading experience if the page count was 300 instead of 600. Mr. Reynolds takes three pages to describe an event or a dramatic situation when one concise page would do just fine. Where was the editor when this manuscript was submitted?
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 friend. I will be on the look out for book 2 "Chasm City" (2001).
Actually, most of it.
The characterization is good.
The author leaves enough things unexplained to keep those hooks in.
There's so much going on that it can get a little confusing, but he recognizes that and throws in some well-placed review sections at times.
But it just kept getting weirder and weirder.
When I was done, I decided that I was glad to have read it, but that's enough Rev Space for me -- I won't be doing the follow ons.
This book took a little to get into and be able to follow- I kept having to go back and check things- I wish they had included a character map/ info sheet, as it was hard to keep track of at times.
The book is very, very intricately written and spans a few hundred years. There were always twists that one was not expecting to happen. The book is long but well worth the read. The writing is vivid and descriptive with each character being well developed. I listened to half the book on audio and the voices used were quite lovely, but I found this to be a book you need to read to really grasp. The ending really blew me away as well and left me thinking about life and where our civilization is heading/ what are we about.
I would pick it up, but know this is a book that will take some time to get through, but it is well worth it.