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'REDEMPTION ARK is a brilliant new addition to his REVELATIONS SPACE series. Reynolds' narrative detail is truly breathtaking in scope and intricate in detail, making him a mastersinger of the space opera. Compulsive reading.' THE TIMES REVELATION SPACE catapulted Reynolds to the very top of the genre. CHASM CITY confirmed him as one of the genre's hottest new megastars. A massive rights deal in the States has been followed by deals across Europe - Reynolds is an international success Superb widescreen hard SF adventure akin to Peter Hamilton and Iain Banks Critical raves from the word go Redemption Ark made SF SITE's reader's poll of the top 10 books of 2002. ABSOLUTION GAP, out in hardcover, concludes the story of the Inhibitors

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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.

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In the 27th century, the expansion of the human race as well as its capacity for intelligence has exceeded its boundaries and has triggered the approach of the Inhibitors, intelligent machines with one directive-to find and destroy sentient life. The only hope of averting the end of intelligent life in the universe lies in the recovery of a hidden cache of weapons of mass destruction. Set against a background of interstellar warfare between two factions of humans, the Conjoiners and the Demarchists, Reynolds's sequel to Chasm City features intense personal drama and large-scale scenes of space warfare. Told with skill and an attention to detail, this space opera series belongs in most sf collections. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

With this complex, thoughtful sequel to his highly praised Revelation Space (2001), British author Reynolds confirms his place among the leaders of the hard-science space-opera renaissance. Spreading from star to star, humanity has split into different, competing factions. Late in the 26th century, the group-mind Conjoiners are defeating their main rivals, the Demarchists. Unfortunately, the Conjoiners' space exploration has attracted the notice of an ancient swarm of machines that calls itself the Inhibitors and that exists to destroy all biological intelligence. The Conjoiners don't believe they can fight this new foe, so they intend to run away and let the Inhibitors wipe out the other human tribes. One Conjoiner warrior, the centuries-old Clavain, rebels against this heartless tactic, but he must negotiate with a fragmented, distrustful mob of possible allies while pursued by his former cohorts. The novel forces readers to process an outrageous amount of information-but that's only fair, since the characters are challenged to do the same. As they extend themselves outward, they also have a chance to gain more understanding of themselves as human beings and more ability to interact meaningfully. It's rare to find a writer with sufficient nerve and stamina to write novels that are big enough to justify using words like "revelation" and "redemption." Reynolds pulls it off. (June 3) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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