Revelation Space

Revelation Space

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The highly-acclaimed first novel in the Revelation Space universe--a debut that has redefined the space opera with a staggering journey across vast gulfs of time and space to confront the very nature of reality itself... "[A] TOUR DE FORCE...RAVISHINGLY INVENTIVE."--Publishers Weekly

Nine hundred thousand years ago, something annihilated the Amarantin civilization just as it was on the verge of discovering space flight. Now one scientist, Dan Sylveste, will stop at nothing to solve the Amarantin riddle before ancient history repeats itself. With no other resources at his disposal, Sylveste forges a dangerous alliance with the cyborg crew of the starship Nostalgia for Infinity. But as he closes in on the secret, a killer closes in on him. Because the Amarantin were destroyed for a reason--and if that reason is uncovered, the universe--and reality itself--could be irrevocably altered...
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Product details

  • Paperback | 592 pages
  • 106 x 172 x 33mm | 277g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 0441009425
  • 9780441009428
  • 17,929

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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
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About Alastair Reynolds

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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4 40% (20,070)
3 20% (9,744)
2 5% (2,475)
1 2% (848)
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