Denver Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Club

cover Revelation Space hardcover Revelation Space (2000)

Ace books hardcover
476 pages
cover art by Chris Moore (left)

From the front flap of the hardcover:
       Nine hundred thousand years ago, something annihilated the Amarantin civilization just when it was on the verge of discovering space flight.  For the human colonists now settling the Amarantin homeworld, what caused the species' destruction is of little more than academic interest.  Even after colonists discover an almost perfect preserved city on the planet, only the archaeological community seems interested.  But one scientist, Dan Sylveste, is convinced that solving the Amarantin riddle is vital to the survival of humanity.
       Desperate to get at the truth -- but with few resources -- Sylveste forges a dangerous alliance with the crew of the starship Nostalgia for Infinity.  Walking weapons, the ship's cyborg crew could easily become a very real danger to Sylveste's life - but they could also be his only hope to find the answer he so zealously seeks.
       As Sylveste closes in on the secret, he learns that one of the cyborgs was sent to kill him.  Because the Amarantin were destroyed for a reason - and if that reason is uncovered, the universe - and reality itself - could be irrevocably altered.

Read for group discussion on April 14, 2010

How we each rated this book
Dan - Amy 8 stack of books 10   Wow! Don't miss it
8-9  Highly recommended
7    Recommended
5-6  Mild recommendation
3-4  Take your chances
1-2  Below average; skip it
0    Get out the flamethrower!
U    Unfinishable or unreadable
-    Skipped or no rating given
Cheri - Barb -
Aaron - Cynthia -
Jackie - Ron -
Bob 9.5 Molly 9.5

Our book group has read the following books by Alastair Reynolds
-- Chasm City  in September 2005

Alastair Reynolds (1966-    ) is a UK science fiction writer, who is known for writing hard SF and space opera.

2002 British SF Award for novel Chasm City

Inhibitor sequence or series
-- Revelation Space (2000 UK, 2001 USA), his first novel
-- Chasm City (2001 UK, 2002 USA)
-- Redemption Ark (2002 UK, 2003 USA)
-- Absolution Gap (2003 UK, 2004 USA)
-- The Prefect (2007 UK, 2008 USA)

Other novels
-- Century Rain (2004 UK, 2005 USA)
-- Pushing Ice (2005 UK, 2006 USA)
-- House of Suns (2008 UK, 2009 USA)
-- Terminal World (2010 UK)

Short Story collections
-- Diamond Dogs, Turquoise Days (2003 UK, 2005 USA)
-- Zima Blue and Other Stories (2006, expanded version 2009)
-- Galactic North (2006 UK, 2007 USA)
-- Thousandth Night and Minla's Flowers (2009)

Novellas (short novels) published as books
-- Diamond Dogs (2001 UK, novella)
-- Turquoise Days (2002 USA, novella)
-- The Six Directions of Space (2008, novella)

Our book club's page for Chasm City by Alastair Reynolds
Alastair Reynolds - Wikipedia
Alastair Reynolds - author's website
Alastair Reynolds: Revelation Space - an infinity plus review
SF REVIEWS.NET: Revelation Space / Alastair Reynolds
NESFA: Revelation Space by Alistair Reynolds
The SF Site Featured Review: Revelation Space
SF Signal: REVIEW: Revelation Space by Alastair Reynolds
Locus Online: Alastair Reynolds interview excerpts
dragonsworn - Alastair Reynolds - interview, short book reviews

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