is Alastair Reynolds's third hefty SF novel, a direct sequel to his debut book Revelation Space
, and also linked with Chasm City
, which won the British SF Association Award. Gripping high-tech action features various groups struggling for control of a cache of "hell-class weapons", while the alien Inhibitors--who stamp out space-going intelligence wherever they find it--are busy dismantling planets to build a doomsday engine of awesome size.
Building on the previous books, the interstellar situation is exhilaratingly complex. Major players from Revelation Space are still at large in the solar system containing the new Inhibitor construction site, the vast old starship Nostalgia for Infinity (hideously transformed and merged with its captain by "Melding Plague"), the hell-weapons, and the colonized planet Resurgam--which may need to be evacuated at speed.
Many light years away, the mechanically enhanced human Conjoiners are fighting a space war around Yellowstone, the world of Chasm City. Although victory approaches, the Conjoiners are frantically building advanced starships and planning to run for their lives, thanks to an incredibly dangerous project that sucked information from the future--including news of the Inhibitors. The Conjoiners have their own internal factions, at least one of which isn't what it seems, and a fresh split leads to a tense relativistic race for the Resurgam system and those coveted hell-weapons. Booby-traps and deadly strategems enliven the desperate journey.
Other, non-Conjoiner humans--not to mention machine intelligences and genetically engineered man-pig chimeras--are caught up in the intrigue and violence. Many members of this large cast have inner secrets, other identities, painful relationships, long-concealed guilt. As at last they converge on the Resurgam system, there are jolting surprises.
Meanwhile, the immense past and future of Reynolds' universe becomes clearer, a cosmic tapestry with the deep-time scope of Stephen Baxter's Xeelee series, ranging from the Dawn War in the early aeons of galactic life to a cataclysmic event still three billion years in the future. A disaster which the loathed robotic Inhibitors are working patiently to minimise....
Despite minor glitches in story logic, Redemption Ark is a hugely enjoyable and ambitious interstellar epic, a must-read for fans of SF that operates on a truly colossal scale. --David Langford
This is Alastair Reynold's third book with us and the interest in Al has definitely increased. He is definitely becoming a name and authority on the SF circle and will soon pose a major threat to Peter F Hamilton and Iain Banks. Interviews: An extensive interview with THE ZONE website. OTTAKAR'S have always been really supportive of Al and this year they are featuring an interview with him on their website. The WATERSTONE'S genre magazine ENIGMA again featured an interview with Al. Short interview with a review in DREAMWATCH. An interview is due to run in the September issue of STARBURST, it will be between Stephen Baxter and Al. SIGNINGS/EVENTSSignings and events were organised for publication with with Forbidden Planet, Andromeda, Waterstone's Deansgate andHammicks Redhill. Stock signings in key London bookshops. Reviews: ''Alastair Reynolds occupies the same frenzied imaginative space as Philip K Dick or AE Van Vogt: that he occupies it as a working sceintist is what makes this book so exciting.'THE GUARDIAN '... a welcome return to the universe of Reynolds' astonishing Revelation Space... it takes a lot more than insider knowledge to create a work as incandescent as this.'STARLOG 'A terrific and well-executed sequel to Revelation Space.'DREAMWATCH 'This is a work of sustained hard SF genius.'STARBURST 'As dark and daring as anything penned by Iain M Banks orPeter F Hamilton. Fabulous.'SFX 'Redemptnio Ark is an unparalleled space opera of epic, mind-blowing proportions.'SOUTH WALES EVENING POST Reviews have also appeared in South Buck Burnham & Iver Express and the Windsor & Et