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  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz; First Edition By Number String edition (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 (126 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 293,631 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

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Diamond Dogs, Turquoise Days
Galactic North
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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)

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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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37 of 40 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Chris Widgery VINE VOICE on 9 Oct. 2013
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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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11 of 12 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 Amazon Customer on 7 Jan. 2013
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Having read all of Alastair Reynold's other SF and been very impressed by it I was looking forward to his latest. I had been warned that it wasn't quite up to Chasm City standards and that is certainly true. It is so obviously the start of an (interminable?) series and the style of writing is much simpler than his other work (aimed at a younger readership?). There is a lot of description and explanation that seems more "telling" than "showing" and there is little tension in the plot until a long way in.

Nevertheless there are some imaginative features and well-thought-through technology. I just hope that he doesn't devote all his time to this series and gets back to writing stuff in his previous, edgier, style.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy Bee on 13 Jun. 2013
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The notion of a near (ish)-future near-utopia is very rare these days; most sci-fi is unwilling or unable (understandably, perhaps) to see a way beyond the darkness -environmental, social, political - of the current times, and it takes a certain courage to speculate about a time as close as 150 years away where humanity lives in, apparently, relative comfort & security. Having posited that relative comfort and security, a writer then faces the problem of producing a viable plot when there is little room for direct antagonisms. In this leisurely Sci-Fi thriller, Reynolds does a good job of providing both.

Ostensibly, it's a treasure hunt; a brother and sister, black sheep of immensely wealthy, family owned space company, follow a trail left by their immensely powerful grandmother, one which leads them to colonies on the Moon, on Mars, and back to Earth. What antagonism there is is supplied by a (slightly overdone) familial rivalry and a mildly fanatical trans-humanist cult; there are 2 deaths, barely more than accidents, and an almost complete absence of violence - the whole human space protected from criminality by neural implants & genetic testing that Reynolds is careful to avoid presenting as dystopian or overtly policed & could best be described as proto-Culture (in the Banks sense) social engineering.

There are moments where the grandmother's rather torturous breadcrumb route stretches plausibility. The Mars episode, without wanting to give away too much, is reliant on a heavily flagged plot device that is certainly ex machina, if not exactly a god. What she actually found, too, and why (and how) she managed to hide it again stretches credulity, although spoilers forbid saying much more than that.
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