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  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (19 Jan 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575088273
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575088276
  • Product Dimensions: 15.8 x 4.3 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 194,942 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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. He gave up working as an astrophysicist for the European Space Agency to become a full-time writer. Revelation space and Pushing Ice were shortlisted for the Arthur C Clarke Award; Revelation space, Absolution Gape, Diamond Dogs and Century Rain were shortlisted for the British Science Fiction Award and Chasm City won the British Science Fiction Award.

Revelation Space Trilogy:

Revelation Space
Redemption Ark
Absolution Gap

Standalone novels:

Chasm City
Century Rain
Pushing Ice
The Prefect
House of Suns
Terminal World


Diamond Dogs, Turquoise Days
Galactic North
Zima Blue and Other Stories

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Always a terrific adventure (Telegraph)

Alastair Reynolds is a name to watch. Shades of Banks and Gibson with gigatons of originality (Guardian)

A mastersinger of the space opera (The Times)

Reynolds has a galaxy-sized imagination allied to a real story-telling ability (Bernard Cornwell)

Book Description

BLUE REMEMBERED EARTH is the first volume in a monumental trilogy tracing the Akinya family across more than ten thousand years of future history...out beyond the solar system, into interstellar space and the dawn of galactic society.

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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By 2theD on 25 Jan 2012
Format: Hardcover
Reynolds has always set himself apart from other science fiction authors by widening the scope of the plot to the nth degree, by infusing the setting with richness and depth, and by marbling all of this with awe-inducing science and technology. Akin to Revelation Space and House of Suns, Blue Remembered Earth proves he still has the gift for exhibiting unique ideas, penning an intriguing story, and capturing the imagination of the reader. It's not his best work, but it's definitely the great beginning to a surely great series.

At the end of the year 2161, after sixty years of solitude orbiting the moon, the empress to a solar system-wide company passes away. Her genetic legacy includes one pair of grandchildren, Geoffrey, who studies elephants on the African plains, and Sunday, who pursues sculpture in the Descrutinized Zone on the moon, away from the patrolling omniscient eye of the Mechanism. Controlling the interests in the family company are their cousins Hector and Lucas, who have a frosty relationship with Geoffry and Sunday. Once into 2162, the cousins bride Geoff into travelling to the moon in order to recover the contents of a safe-deposit box once belonging to their wealthy and reclusive grandmother, Eunice. With agreement not to meet his sister when he's on the moon, Geoff breaks this treaty by visiting her enclave in order to unravel the mystery behind the contents of the box: a antique spacesuit glove which holds yet another mystery... colored gems.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ms B. Fonay on 14 Jun 2012
Format: Hardcover
I fully agree with everyone before me who gave it 1 star. I Love Mr Reynolds' books and was soo looking forward to reading this new one. I tortured myself through 450 pages, left the last 20, in absolute disbelief that nothing is happening in it. I liked the previous book Terminal world, but already felt that it could have been even better, felt a bit of a rushjob at times. But this one? I admit I put it in a charity shop... No story, flat characters, I couldn't find anything in it to hold my attention, and trust me I was looking for it with magnifiers. Mr Reynolds, I WANT to love your books. But for now, you owe me £14 and many hours I wasted.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chris Widgery VINE VOICE on 9 Oct 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I need to start with a confession: I did not actually finish this book. I gave up just over halfway through. "I am a grownup", I thought, "I don't have to read things i'm not enjoying". And I wasn't enjoying this.

I like Alastair Reynolds, I really do. I loved the Prefect, loved Revelation Space and nearly all of his other books. But this one is so slow. Nothing happens.

Well, that's not quite true. A bit happens. A man looks at some elephant then goes to the moon and finds a glove and goes back home again to look at the elephants. And that takes about 250 pages.

So, nothing really happens, it takes a long time for it not to happen and you don't care about any of the characters. I am hoping that it's just a bad one from Reynolds, but given that it is ominously billed as the first in a trilogy, I fear he is just frantically padding.

A pity.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Jack on 3 Jun 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
Reynolds is one of my favorite authors and I have no problem with the change of path he's taken with this book, an investigation set in an optimistic near-future sounded great to me.

Having said that the book itself is deeply flawed. The first half is a bit of a write off, the story is extremely slow and dull. The main characters are even duller, to give you some context one of the main protagonists is an elephant academic and the other is an artist (who creates AI's in her spare time, huh). Good careers but it makes them rather odd central characters for a space adventure. Unfortunately as well as being pretty boring they are both naive, petty, irritating, and pretty spoilt.

The second half of the book speeds up a bit and it does get a bit more interesting but its all relative, and it is hampered by the fact that you (and the main characters) really have no idea what is going on. It isn't till the very end, when everything is explained to the bamboozled protagonists, that you finally see what the point of the whole book is. Even that is a big letdown.

There are a few interesting side stories but they don't really go anywhere and in all honesty they could have been cut. Mind you if you did start cutting away the weaker sections of this book I'm worried you'd just be left with a short story.

So really I can't recommend this book, its a bit of a mess and definitely not up to Reynolds previous standards. Mind you Terminal World was a complete turkey as well so maybe this is his new standard, if so it seems a real pity. Anyway this looks like its the start of a new series so I might give the second one a go in the hope this book was just an aberration.
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49 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Ian on 21 July 2012
Format: Hardcover
I wonder what the point of reviews is. I like writing them. I know that. Do people read them in order to decide whether to read a book or not? Surely not, otherwise, they may spoil the experience, by coming across spoilers and evaluations. I think if we write a positive review, it is an attempt to express and write down, to record, the pleasure we felt in reading that book. We're grateful and wish for that experience not to be forgotten. If we write a negative review, we feel a bit angry and disappointed. Angry because reading a whole book is not a small commitment, and disappointed because we didn't reach that climax of satisfaction that we always hope to re-experience.

So this is my first negative review. I admit to feeling angry and disappointed, so this is how I shall structure the review.


For some time, Alastair Reynolds has been my favourite author. I've read almost all of his books, and correspondingly loved almost all of them. The first book I read of his was Redemption Arc, and it was to reading what strawpedos are to drinking. It went straight in, no resistance. Every sentence a pleasure, every character interesting, every plot turn a view to behold with delta v enough to provide a thrill. Such was my enjoyment, I didn't waste time, and immediately awarded Alastair favourite author, and went on to read all remaining books.

Some time passed, some excellent books were published, and then came the first of his books that I could not finish. Terminal World. This is not a review of that book, so I wont comment on it, other than to say that not finishing a book is a hard choice to make.
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