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Blue Remembered Earth

Alastair Reynolds

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One hundred and fifty years from now, Africa has become the world’s dominant technological and economic power. Crime, war, disease and poverty have been practically eliminated. The Moon and Mars are settled, and colonies stretch all the way out to the edge of the solar system. And Ocular, the largest scientific instrument in history, is about to make an epochal discovery…
 
Geoffrey Akinya wants only one thing: to be left in peace, so that he can continue his long-running studies into the elephants of the Amboseli basin. But Geoffrey’s family, which controls the vast Akinya business empire, has other plans for him. After the death of his grandmother Eunice—the erstwhile space explorer and entrepreneur—something awkward has come to light on the Moon, so Geoffrey is dispatched there to ensure the family name remains untarnished.
 
But the secrets Eunice died with are about to be revealed—secrets that could change everything...or tear this near utopia apart.

Publishers Weekly Review

Apr 16, 2012 – Reynolds (Terminal World) cements his status as one of the preeminent writers of hard SF with this gripping and intelligent kickoff to the three-book Poseidon’s Children sequence. It’s 2161, and Africa is the Earth’s “dominant economic and technological” power. Geoffrey Akinya has used major scientific advances to enhance his research into elephant intelligence, preparing to mind-meld with wild pachyderms. His studies are interrupted by the death of his 131-year-old grandmother Eunice, which catalyzes events that takes the biologist to the Moon and beyond to decipher a series of clues Eunice left behind. Akinya’s quest further enmeshes him in some very complicated family dynamics. The futuristic science, which includes expansions of virtual reality and a convenient mode of travel from Earth to the Moon, is plausibly conveyed. Beyond that, Reynolds’s creative imagination uses current and speculative science and technology as the underlying structure for a thoughtful exploration of humanity’s place in the universe.

Customer Reviews

Starts slow but finishes strong

On Reynolds web site he admits he takes too long to get into the meat of his stories. He's right. This book has a slow first half as he
sets up his story, but accelerates into the rousing tale that I remember from his earlier novels. Not his best novel, but worth a look from anyone who has enjoyed his previous work.

Missed again

I've read all his books and this one is little different. He has a number of ideas but they never form a cohesive story. He wraps them up in a hurry at the end, almost like he realizes he is rambling and needs to "cut to the chase". This inevitably left so many loose ends I wondered what the point of the entire book is?

One of his books I read twice only realizing it when I became so bored that I was going to abandon the book and found a page marker from a prior read. I guess I hit the same limit twice.

Though I will forward to his next book, I don't know why. If you doubt me, read Terminal World and you will find it was poorly finished, again he says "excuse me for rambling, let me end this thing" and you will agree.

Not as good as previous novels

But still very good. Revelation Space is hard to beat.

Blue Remembered Earth
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  • $8.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: High Tech
  • Published: Jun 05, 2012
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Seller: Penguin Group (USA) Inc.
  • Print Length: 576 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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