“Entertaining This is warm hearted science fiction with big ideas.” -Interzone “A thrilling, mind- boggling adventure.” -The Times (UK) “Reynolds’s approach. I think the implication is there that Purslane might be Abigail, but it’s never for sure as Abigail was very careful about all clones being equal. The reason she can’t. Alastair Reynolds’ House Of Suns, shortlisted for the Clarke Award, is a novel of ideas, with all that implies. The space-opera epic throws a.

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The Medusa Chronicles But Reynolds’s clones are seen to have differing personalities, appearances, and even genders.

Campion and Purslane are in a relationship, which is frowned upon, even punishable, by the Line. I am always on the lookout for new SF authors. Jun 02, Pages. Be the first to discover new talent! I was sucked in from the beginning and it held me through the entire book. The ending does not drone on.

Hesperus is discovered to have a human arm underneath his metal exterior, a fact that even he can’t explain due to his amnesia. They’re running late for the next reunion and need ship repairs. I hope everything else is just as good. When I was a kid, I was a big fan of the game Traveller I still am. Anyway, the two POV shatterlings Purslane [female] and Campion [male; yes they are clones but enough hand waving was present to make the clones a bit different from each other] are actually, against all their line’s tradition, romantically involved, likely for several million years.

In House of Suns I wanted to examine an interstellar civilisation from a different, less bracingly pessimistic viewpoint—and that meant creating a new future history. Together Hesperus and Purslane find a hideout in a smaller ship in the hold of the Silver Wings of Morning. They then converge and pool their experiences into a collective memory. Talentos de la talla de Iain M.

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The boo Wonderful and delightful. September 29, at 3: Each is subject to what the clones call “turnover”—the inexorable process of one culture replacing another. View all 4 comments. Given additional technologies for indefinite extension of lifespan, you have the basis for a compelling knowledge quest without escaping too far into fantasy land. To quote Doug Reynlds If you suppress a memory, it seems to me that two things can happen.

I didn’t know anything about the plot when I started reading, and I’m glad I didn’t read any reviews, because I feel like it’s best experienced blind. There is no Galactic Federation here, no sense of a wider human unity—merely wuns states and empires writ large, struggling in the same old ways as ever, but against a broader canvas.

I wish there was a sequel to it. The original had no way to know that she was not one of the clones. Our huma The pacing of Alastair Reynolds’ novels feel a bit predicatable when you’ve read a few. There is no doubt that Reynolds is a writer with a talent for creation—several of the cultures on show in House of Sunsparticularly the Vigilance and the clone lines themselves, are memorable and fascinating.

George Williams, in his review for The Australiansaid that “the concepts explored in House of Suns are so far removed from our time, and even from much of the standard fare of science fiction, that parts of the book border on fantasy. Reynolds wields this concept masterfully, because many of the main characters are actually radically divergent copies of one original person.

Since they travel at sublight speeds, most of this time is spent in stasis, so they do not so much live history as tunnel through it, as one of the characters observes.


Reynolvs of Suns by Alastair Reynolds is the December selection. The story spans millions of years and hundr “I had already seen dozens of empires come and go, blossoming and fading like lilies on a pond, over and over, seasons without end.

The story is about two shatterlings from the Gentian Line and a machine organism with the catchy name of Hesperus. Sep 18, Ric rated it it was amazing.


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Many planets are on their fourth, fifth, or sixth society, and the galaxy has seen many would-be superpowers dominate, decline, and then decay. And Campion, being Campion, careless and carefree, does something he definitely shouldn’t have, which then sets an unknown pursuer on their tail. The above passage from Rrynolds of Suns serves to illustrate the author’s grandiose scheme for this book. Campion and Purslane — two shatterlings who have fallen in love and shared forbidden experiences — must determine exactly who, or what, their enemy is, before they are reybolds out of existence.

Matthew You need to stop fearing words. They have a very long perspective on most things.

Six million years ago, at the dawn of the star-faring era, Abigail Gentian fractured herself into a deynolds male and female clones, which she called shatterlings. Alasgair think I will rate the next book I review at 4 stars max, regardless of how good it is! House of Suns is epic in every way the word can be defined. Each house has a particular houxe and focus, their ships travelling through the galaxy whilst their occupants sleep in a variety of forms of stasis, never settling but instead remaining a space-bound culture.

I did mention that this is post-humanity with the ability to copy and send out their minds, edit and delete huge swaths of memory, go into stasis or wildly different time-frame-references, either speeding up or slowing WAY down to make the sheer immensity of either time or space reasonable to a human, didn’t I?