Blue Remembered Earth

Blue Remembered Earth

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BLUE REMEMBERED EARTH is the first volume in a monumental trilogy tracing the Akinya family across more than ten thousand years of future history ...out beyond the solar system, into interstellar space and the dawn of galactic society. One hundred and fifty years from now, in a world where Africa is the dominant technological and economic power, and where crime, war, disease and poverty have been banished to history, Geoffrey Akinya wants only one thing: to be left in peace, so that he can continue his studies into the elephants of the Amboseli basin. But Geoffrey's family, the vast Akinya business empire, has other plans. After the death of Eunice, Geoffrey's grandmother, erstwhile space explorer and entrepreneur, something awkward has come to light on the Moon, and Geoffrey is tasked - well, blackmailed, really - to go up there and make sure the family's name stays suitably unblemished. But little does Geoffrey realise - or anyone else in the family, for that matter - what he's about to unravel. Eunice's ashes have already have been scattered in sight of Kilimanjaro. But the secrets she died with are about to come back out into the open, and they could change everything. Or shatter this near-utopia into shards ...show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 512 pages
  • 156 x 236 x 48mm | 739.35g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Gollancz
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0575088273
  • 9780575088276
  • 146,706

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Always a terrific adventure Telegraph Alastair Reynolds is a name to watch. Shades of Banks and Gibson with gigatons of originality Guardian A mastersinger of the space opera The Times Reynolds has a galaxy-sized imagination allied to a real story-telling ability Bernard Cornwellshow more

About Alastair Reynolds

Alastair Reynolds was born in Barry, South Wales, in 1966. He studied at Newcastle and St Andrews Universities and has a Ph.D. in astronomy. He stopped working as an astrophysicist for the European Space Agency to become a full-time writer. REVELATION SPACE and PUSHING ICE were shortlisted for the ARTHUR C. CLARKE AWARD; REVELATION SPACE, ABSOLUTION GAP, DIAMOND DOGS and CENTURY RAIN were shortlisted for the BRITISH SCIENCE FICTION AWARD and CHASM CITY won the BRITISH SCIENCE FICTION AWARD. You can learn more by visiting www.alastairreynolds.com, or by following @AquilaRift on twitter.show more

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'Had she returned to Earth, perhaps things might have been different. But she chose her own path. Living all alone up there, with just her machines for company . . . the wonder is that she lasted as long as she did. She always did say the Akinyas are like lions.' Or vultures, Geoffrey thought. In Alastair Reynolds' superb new novel the death of an African family's Matriarch throws the reader into a wild new world, a world where global warming has changed everything, where everything is known. A world where one last secret could change Mankind's future. It is at once a thrilling adventure and a vivid dream of a world on the cusp of a new era. 978 0 575 08827 6show more

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Earth, the 22nd century. The Mechanism knows everything. It knows where you are. It knows what you are thinking, what you are feeling. There is no crime. You are safe. But in a Utopia like this keeping a secret can be a deadly business. Geoffrey and Sunday Akinya want no part of their family and its wealth. The Akinyas have ridden Africa 's economic boom into orbit and beyond. Wherever mankind has gone in the Solar system the Akinyas have profited. But Geoffrey and Sunday have rejected it all. Geoffrey conducts research into elephant cognition in the shadow of Kilimanjaro, Sunday makes her way as an artist beyond the reach of The Mechanism on the far side of the moon. But when their Grandmother dies she leaves behind a secret that throws Geoffrey and Sunday into a desperate race against their family. A race run beneath the unblinking eye of The Mechanism. £18.99show more

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