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Revelation Space

Book 1, Revelation Space

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Description

The highly-acclaimed first novel in the Revelation Space universe—a debut that has redefined the space opera with a staggering journey across vast gulfs of time and space to confront the very nature of reality itself...

“[A] TOUR DE FORCE…RAVISHINGLY INVENTIVE.”—Publishers Weekly
 
Nine hundred thousand years ago, something annihilated the Amarantin civilization just as it was on the verge of discovering space flight. Now one scientist, Dan Sylveste, will stop at nothing to solve the Amarantin riddle before ancient history repeats itself. With no other resources at his disposal, Sylveste forges a dangerous alliance with the cyborg crew of the starship Nostalgia for Infinity. But as he closes in on the secret, a killer closes in on him. Because the Amarantin were destroyed for a reason—and if that reason is uncovered, the universe—and reality itself—could be irrevocably altered...

From Publishers Weekly

May 28, 2001 – This distant-past/far-future, hard sci-fi tour de force probes a galaxy-wide enigma: why does spacefaring humanity encounter so few remnants of intelligent life? Excavating the 900,000-year-old Amarantin civilization on its home world, Resurgam, archaeologist Dan Sylveste discovers evidence of a splinter cult that abandoned Resurgam for the stars but returned, only to be swallowed up by a mysterious cataclysm that destroyed all the Amarantins. Aboard the Nostalgia for Infinity, a vast light-hugger ship in interstellar space, the ominous Triumvirate of cyborg starfarers seeks Sylveste to heal its captain, afflicted by the deadly Melding Plague, which turns once-humans into their own semisentient spaceships. In Chasm City on the slum-ridden world of Yellowstone, assassin Ana Khouri joins the Nostalgia's crew intent on killing Sylveste. Clearly intoxicated by cutting-edge scientific research in bioengineering, space physics, cybernetics Reynolds spins a ravishingly inventive tale of intrigue. Hard SF addicts will applaud the author's talent for creating convincing alien beings and the often uneasy merging of human and machine intelligence, depicted here as nearly too frighteningly real for comfort. Others, however, may find these human-cybernetic hybrid characters chilling, dispassionate (except for their built-in drives toward revenge and murder) and foreboding. Reynolds's vision of a future dominated by artificial intelligence trembles with the ultimate cold of the dark between the stars.

Customer Reviews

Brilliant

Alistair Reynolds is just a fabulous writer. His output over the years has been consistently good. This first novel set the standard: we're introduced to his human and post-human universe, and in particular his take on the Fermi Paradox with the Inhibitors - just fabulous!

Epic sci-fi

Awesome first book which got me hooked ever since. Immense universe with excellent hardcore science fact coupled with believable future space opera scenarios. My favourite author of all time!

Brilliant book, horrible copy

Reynolds is a fantastic author. This novel sets the basis of a "universe" that he ties some of his other books & short stories into. If you like hard scifi, you wont be disappointed! That being said, this electronic copy is atrocious! There has to be a typo/spelling mistake on nearly every page, some with multiple mistakes. I had the impression that this copy was based off a scan of a real book which was then processed by an optical character recognition program. Many "rn" instances showed up as "m", etc --- it ended being pretty disruptive when trying to read.

If the next book I purchase from Apple's store is like this, I'll stick with buying from the competition.

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  • $2.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Science Fiction
  • Published: Jun 01, 2001
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Seller: PENGUIN GROUP USA, INC.
  • Print Length: 592 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 1, Revelation Space
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.5 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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