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Diamond Dogs, Turquoise Days


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More than 10,000 copies sold in hardback 'It's Reynolds' way with his cosmos-spanning concepts that does the trick' Good Book Guide 'Alastair Reynolds is a name to watch. He supplies hard-science answers that are plausible, entertaining and clever' Guardian Previous books SF bestsellers: REVELATION SPACE has sold more than 40,000 in paperback CHASM CITY has sold over 15,000 in tpb REVELATION SPACE and CHASM CITY were nominated for the Arthur C Clarke award CHASM CITY won the British Science Fiction award American sale for REVELATION SPACE and CHASM CITY highest ever for first British sf novels Redemption Ark made SF SITE's reader's poll of the top 10 books of 2002.

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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. Since 1991 he has lived in the Netherlands, near Leiden, where he works as an astrophysicist for the European Space Agency. The first three books in his loosely linked series, Revelation Space, nominated for the Arthur C. Clarke and the British Science Fiction awards, Chasm City, winner of the British Science Fiction Award, and Redemprion Ark, are all Gollancz bestsellers.


Astronomer Reynolds's two far-future space exploration novellas, set in his Revelation Space universe (Chasm City, etc.), confirm his mastery of noir SF. Antihero Richard Swift of "Diamond Dogs" joins Mephistophelian Roland Childe's expedition to scale the Blood Spire on the planet Golgotha. As they climb, they must solve increasingly intricate mathematical puzzles, replacing limbs and mental processes with cybernetic constructs as the Spire changes the rules of its lethal game. Naqi Okpik of "Turquoise Days" loses her sister Mina to the sentient ocean of the planet Turquoise. Naqi abandons her humanity, uniting with the ocean to find Mina and save their world from destruction. Spire and ocean are both artifacts of Revelation Space's alien Pattern Jugglers, who form a living gestalt interstellar entity that in these brilliantly executed parables represents the vehicle for humanity's choice between self-immolation and evolution and the author's postulated solution to the riddle of Faustian man. Reynolds's allegory: if humans embrace science and technology so fervently that body and soul sacrifice themselves to overweening greed, humans will eventually perish in bitter suicide; instead, abandon selfish individuality, immerse the soul in the warm sea of homecoming where minds meet and meld into oneness, and survive, changed forever. Agent, Robert Kirby of Peters, Fraser and Dunlop (U.K.). (Jan. 4) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

In "Diamond Dogs," Richard Swift lets nothing distract him from his intention to explore the enigmatic structure known as the Blood Spire, located on the presumably lifeless planet Golgotha, while "Turquoise Days" tells the story of researcher Naqi Okpik's struggle to preserve the existence of the planet Turquoise's indigenous, aquatic Pattern Jugglers. Returning to the world of his Revelation space trilogy, Reynolds illuminates more of his vividly conceived universe and explores the individuals and groups that bring those worlds to life. A good choice for large libraries' sf collections. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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