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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books (6 Jun. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849904189
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849904186
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3.3 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 321,400 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

Collections:

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

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"No Who fan should miss it." (The Sun)

"Immediately confounds expectations." (SFX)

"An excellent read with lots of action and witty by-play" (Bolton News)

"Partly an intriguing sci-fi story…partly an indulgent second-childhood romp. Who can't find the fun in that?" (Doctor Who Magazine)

"Harvest of Time is easily one of the best original Doctor Who novels" (Kool TV) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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A thrilling new Doctor Who adventure, by one of the world's most renowned science fiction writers.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 17 Aug. 2014
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How to add anything to the vast body of justified positive reaction to Harvest of Time?

There is next to nothing to fault.

Alastair Reynolds reminds us that Jon Pertwee's time as Doctor Who was something to celebrate, not leave out in the cold. He captures Roger Delgado's performance as the Master wistfully well, and uses the scope of the prose form to add unexpected depth. Katy Manning's Jo Grant jumps off the page too, with the addition of a little inner life of her own. He even pays wheezing, groaning homage to the Target house style.

"Harvest of Time" runs nose to nose with, and maybe a little ahead of, Mark Gatiss's "Last of the Gaderene". With all the right notes in the right order, it's a reminder that an untarnished English 1970s pop culture icon should be treasured to the last smear of video flare and frame of grainy location film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By PVille on 15 May 2014
Format: Paperback
It's Alastair Reynolds and it's Doctor Who. If you are a fan of both then you should buy this book. At least, that's what I thought...

The novel begins with a wonderfully nasty prologue and Reynolds fluid prose style engages immediately. There's a brilliant death in chapter one that could have been lifted straight out of a Terrance Dicks or Malcolm Hulke novelisation (Who fans will know what I'm talking about here), and chapter two opens with the best description of a North Sea oil platform I think I've ever read. Here Reynolds is in fine form, writing Doctor Who using all the skills he brings to bear in his own sci-fi novels with no compromise. Brilliant!
As it progresses through its early stages, the story continues to wonderfully evoke the style and flavour of the 3rd Doctor UNIT era: The mystery of the oil rigs develops and the cast of regular characters is joined by some fully-rounded, yet still typically 3rd Doctor-ish types, including: 'recalcitrant rig boss', 'crazy wild-eyed survivor of alien attack', 'sinister Men from the Ministry', 'doomed yokel', 'doomed policeman', and of course (unmistakeably Roger Delgado's) The Master. (It's no surprise he's involved since he's mentioned in the blurb.)

There are so many things to like about this novel: the aliens are deliciously nasty and very well-realised (I would expect nothing less), the regular characters are true to their 1970s TV likenesses (likewise) and, like the best of the novelisations of that era, they are given depth and room to breathe - particularly Jo Grant. Reynolds' own characters are just as solid and 'real' but to be honest, from a renowned sci-fi novelist of Reynold's calibre, I would expect this to be so.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Keen Reader TOP 50 REVIEWER on 24 Jun. 2013
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I was very exicted about the prospect of a Doctor Who book by Alastair Reynolds, but also a bit nervous (memories of Michael Moorcock's efforts). This book was a total triumph. Alastair Reynolds has taken his skill as a sci-fi writer, and his obvious knowledge of and love for classic Doctor Who and written a brilliant Third Doctor story. Set after the Sea Devils story, this has the Third Doctor as portrayed by Jon Pertwee teamed up against Roger Delgado's Master. Old friends, older adversaries, the shared heritage that the Doctor and the Master have always showed through in unique ways in the Third Doctor era stories. And this has been captured perfectly in this story.

The Doctor and Jo investigate issues on oil rigs north of the coast of Scotland. Unknown to them, a small team from the Ministry of Defence is also doing some research of their own, utilising the skills of Prisoner M - a top security prisoner being held at the Durlston Heath complex under total lockdown. Or is he?

This story utilises the brilliant classic Third Doctor, Jo, and the UNIT team with the Brigadier, Mike Yates, Benton. There are helicopter rides, aliens from time and space, Timelord history, and good old 1970 English life portrayed in the book. The aliens are suitably alien, the bad guys are suitably evil, the Master and the Doctor are perfectly portrayed, down to mannerisms and conversational patterns. The author has written a total `classic' Doctor Who story, and one that will rightfully take pride of place in the Doctor Who novelisations. (But I did feel sorry for the cows!). I heartily hope that Mr Reynolds has plans to write some more Doctor Who.

Totally recommended.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Bluedragonfly on 8 Jun. 2013
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Finally!!! And THANK YOU Alastair Reynolds, Mr, Sir. This lovingly written book is a complete gem. It perfectly captures the spirit of the Pertwee era right down to the smallest detail - like Mike Yates eating a ham sandwich, much to the annoyance of the Brigadier. You can actually remember seeing that scene on the black and white telly in the corner of your parent's living room. This book is THAT good. The dialog between the main characters rings so MANY familiar bells, you can hear every word just as if it was being spoken by the actors who played the roles.

If this WAS an actual aired story from the Pertwee era we would all (still) be talking about it even now as a 'classic'. Its as if Reynolds was channelling Malcolm Hulke AND Barry Letts, whilst Terrance Dicks looked on and occasionally passed him scribbled notes on continuity.

Sit back, open this book, and be transported back to saturday teatime, 1972ish.
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