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Angel Stations [Unabridged] [Paperback]

Gary Gibson
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15 July 2005
An intriguing, far-ranging space opera by a new British talent, tracing the interlocking stories of several characters - human, metahuman and alien - as the galaxy faces crisis

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Tor; 1 edition (15 July 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330420178
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330420174
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 11.2 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 683,408 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Prior to becoming a professional writer, Gary Gibson worked for an environmental agency, but left shortly after other members of staff attempted to levitate a local bridge as a protest against road traffic.

Following this, he worked as a graphic designer for a printing firm that turned out to be run by a gang of convicted forgers, hastening his departure, and then for a small publishing company otherwise notable only for producing a Freddie Mercury impersonator well-known on the Scottish cabaret circuit. Until recently he resided in Taipei with his wife, and is pleased to say that the only lunatic he has to answer to these days is himself.

He has a blog at

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Aeons ago, a super-scientific culture known as 'Angels' had left incomprehensible relics all over the galaxy. Among these phenomena were the Stations, whereby human spacecraft could jump instantly from one part of the galaxy to another. And from them the brilliant Angel technology could be explored and exploited. One of these stations orbits the planet Kaspar, where the only other known sentient species outside Earth has been meticulously allowed to continue evolving in its own world of primitive ignorance. But suddenly Kaspar's mysterious 'Citadel' has become the vital key to repelling the fast-approaching threat. At what cost, though, to its native inhabitants ... and to the human residents of the orbiting Angel station?

About the Author

GARY GIBSON works as a graphic designer, and was previously a magazine editor, in his home town of Glasgow. He has been writing since the age of fourteen, and this is his first published novel.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A good first novel with plenty of big ideas 16 Jan 2008
Angel Stations: artifacts found around the galaxy that permit faster than light travel between them by travelling through the singularity it creates. These ancient structures were created by the Angels, a long gone race that have left many other interesting things throughout the stars. One of the Angel Stations is found in the oort cloud of our system and allows humanity to travel to other stations that are discovered.

Through these gateways another sentient race is discover on the planet Kasper, a dog-like race that is still in it's iron age. It is on this planet that the Citadel is discovered, a vast Angel built structure that has many, many secrets. However, with the discovery by some that a deadly radiation front is coming out from the centre of the galaxy, the Citadel could hold the answer to stopping it before it wipes out Kasper's inhabitants.

Kim is a pilot, travelling around the outer Kaspian system in her Goblin making a living any way she can. Troubled by her past, when she was the leader of an expedition to the Citadel and a terrible accident occurred, one that she still blames herself for. Her lover, Susan, was lost in this accident and Kim now re-lives the memories that Susan recorded. Susan was an observer, making recordings onto 'books', a way for others to experience what she does.

Eilias is an ex-soldier, one that volunteered for genetic experiments to be performed on him using Angel information that was discovered. He can sometimes see the future, although not very clearly. He is pursuing Trencher, an old friend whose precognitive abilities are by far the most powerful known. Trencher is also the result of experiments, but experiments that were performed on his unborn embryo, along with his two brothers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gary Gibson's first novel is a wonder 12 Feb 2014
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In the distant future, mankind has the ability to explore the stars, thanks to the discovery hundreds of years before of Angel technology. These Angel gates were left behind by an alien race long since vanished from the known universe. They allow ships to move from one to another across enormous expanses of space, leading to the establishment of stations around the gates, inhabited by traders, explorers and entrepreneurs. But despite the opportunities opened up to humankind, it has yet to find another world to replace the one it has damaged perhaps irreparably. Except for Kaspar.

Kaspar is a very distant planet, only just released from the grip of an Ice Age, but it is inhabited by the only known sentient aliens, a doglike race living an almost medieval existence, fighting wars, obeying religious laws, caring for their families, in complete ignorance of what else might share their planet. For on it is the Citadel, a mysterious and extremely strange Angel structure, which is studied by the humans who live on the Angel Station above, sending down secret missions into the Citadel. It is decreed, for now, that this planet must be left to the Kaspians but that doesn't stop it, and the powerful Alien technology that can be found there, from being an irresistible temptation to the men and women who watch from its orbit or plot from an overcrowded, dying Earth.

Angel Stations, the first novel by Gary Gibson, is a wonder. It is packed full to the brim with ideas and these ideas vary from being completely captivating to tantalisingly elusive. Above all else, they build a universe that I was eager to explore even though, in 400 pages, there was never going to be enough time for every question to be answered.
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3.0 out of 5 stars OK story about the distant future 3 Dec 2013
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It takes a while to get into this story as there are so many characters set in time and location. However it gets itself together and ends well. Not a bad read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good read 28 July 2013
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A bit outside my preferred type of science fiction, but a good read with plenty of action. Bought on Kindle to save on bookshelf space. Don't think I'd read again though.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fan of sci-fi since my teens 27 July 2013
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The story was a bit complicated but all was resolved in the end. I am a keen reader of Gary Gibson and love his imagination.
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