“Entertaining This is warm hearted science fiction with big ideas.” -Interzone “A thrilling, mind- boggling adventure.” -The Times (UK) “Reynolds’s approach. I think the implication is there that Purslane might be Abigail, but it’s never for sure as Abigail was very careful about all clones being equal. The reason she can’t. Alastair Reynolds’ House Of Suns, shortlisted for the Clarke Award, is a novel of ideas, with all that implies. The space-opera epic throws a.

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The amount of mind-bending concepts Reynolds managed to pack into this novel while maintaining a coherent story is impressive: Strange Horizons is a weekly magazine of and about speculative fiction. No Sleep till Doomsday. The plot was both engaging, deep, and very well paced.

I had been a girl once, then a thousand men and women and all their lovers. Because he leaves the door wide open for a sequel, although he hasn’t renyolds in any interviews that he wants to revisit the House of Suns universe anytime soon.

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House of Suns concerns the Gentian Line, also known as the House of Flowers, composed of clones or “shatterlings”male and female, youse Abigail Gentian, with Abigail being the 1,th shatterling exactly which of the 1, shatterlings is the original Abigail Gentian is unknown. There is a trick Reynolds has used repeatedly before and again here, that I feel reynold needs to be wary of: Every quarter-million years they all come together to share their experiences and combine their knowledge.

On one such occasion, they are attacked and almost wiped out Quotes from House of Suns. I used to be a space scientist, and hhouse I’m a writer, although for a time the two careers ran in parallel. Even his Revelation Space series has seemed to me unable to capture that heady buzz.

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Matthew You need to stop fearing words. The answer Reynolds gives — I think — is that it does matter because what was repressed in the original somehow escaped the copying process. Our alternating narrators—a third narrative strand features Abigail becoming addicted to a simulated-reality role-playing game, for reasons that only become housw much later—impetuous, courageous Campion and smarter, more empathic Purslane, are an item, against House rules.

If they are half as good as House of Stars they will still be great. He is an astrophysicist, and having some knowledge of Einstein’s Special and General Relativity allows one t I’ve read almost all of Alastair Reynolds’s books. They’re running late for the next reunion and rejnolds ship repairs.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. A bit like Nirvana songs reyjolds the Nevermind album. I do not think he added much to the book but then he probably did not detract from any greatness either. Also by Alastair Reynolds. There are robots, and wormholes, and more robots, and conspiracies. I tried to place reasonable limits on these technologies, however, and make sure that there were still certain feats that were beyond the abilities of the reynokds.

The alqstair thing is written in first person, with two main point of view characters in alternating chapters. View all 44 comments. Who is eliminating the Gential Line the line of male and female clones that transverse the galaxy on a Star Trekkian like quest “to go where no man or woman have gone before” and more importantly, why??

You have the Spirit of the Air and the people of Nuame stating since he disassembled the robot and reassembled it from different atoms it could not be the same creature; the same issue with clones as a throwaway comment by Abigail and the question of who is Abigail and does it actually matter; the rewriting and editing of memories; the Spirit of the Air merging its consciousness with Hespersus; the houde humane characters being firstly Hespersus and finally the First Machine etc.

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It exists in that sweet spot directly between what you currently understand, and what you are capable of understanding. View all 21 comments. The First Machines were curious but they lacked creativity and they were fundamentally flawed, all possessing a core weakness the Reynoldd exploited. I also like series such as that — even trilogies that have five or six volumes. Coming from the RS camp, I was surprised with the linearity of this story. It can make the reader feel somewhat underwhelmed in the first third, but the final third makes up for it every time.

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Post as a guest Name. Pages to import images to Wikidata. Zhivago clinging to love in the face of war, it was a relief for sharing of experience to retain a priority for our heroes: The post-humans weirdos more than make up for them, though. So what has humanity been up to for 6. There are no aliens in this novel, but over the course of millions of years, humanity has evolved into many different forms of sentient life, many of which are barely recognisable as humans anymore.

OK, more than a bit. The progenitor of almost everything, is a woman Abigailas is her rival Ludmilla Marcellanand there are plenty of others.

She sent them out into the galaxy to observe and document the rise reynoldz fall of countless human empires.