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Thursday, June 21, 2001

Revelation Space



I have been away from the web, swimming in the strange overwhelming sea that is real life. It's not tolerant of lousy aquatic metaphors and the web is, so it's good to be back. I have been reading hard SF : the art of composing which has threatened to die out at any stage in the last five decades, but never yet has, quite. There is always
some highly qualified loony ready to step into the unforgiving and underpaid breach that calls for both scientific rigour and literary talent.

The chap that has done it this time is called Alastair Reynolds and has burst onto the scene with the impact a nice well behaved yellow dwarf suddenly going nova has on a nearby planet. His deubt is called 'Revelation Space', and it *is* a revelation. It's nicely plotted and has it all: mysterious extinct alien races; ships full of psychopaths wielding huge planet-busting weapons; godlike alien artefacts with strange powers and improbable missions. Somewhat like Iain M. Banks. Except the science is better.

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