“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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In addition to having a remote endpoint in time and a very long timelineI felt that the scope of this book was far greater than the previous books.

And a trip to another galaxy. The galaxy is a dangerous place, fundamentally inimical to human life, and humanity only adds to its problems by being so reyynolds and fractious.

I had been a girl once, then a thousand men and women and all their lovers.

He has gone on record as believing that FTL velocities are simply impossible, and, true to his “medium hard” science-fictional approach, refuses to allow it into his works, barring some rule-bending McGuffin such as wormholes. Nov 14, spikeINflorida rated it it was amazing.

Strange Horizons – House of Suns by Alastair Reynolds By Dan Hartland

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. It left me wanting more; like a parched man transversing a dessert and stumbling onto an oasis that can only revive, sustain, and stimulate him for a scant pages. The identity of the responsible party is unknown, but rynolds attackers used the supposedly long-vanished ‘Homunculus’ weapons — monstrous spacetime -bending weapons that were created ages ago, but were ordered to be destroyed by another Line. The best character in this book however isn’t in the human camp, but one of the ‘Machine People’.

Post Your Answer Discard By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you acknowledge that you have read our updated terms of serviceprivacy policy and cookie policyand that your continued use of the website is subject to these policies. By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Still, Reynolds manages space opera that does not read like farce. He is an astrophysicist, and having some knowledge of Einstein’s Special and General Relativity allows one t I’ve read almost all reynoldds Alastair Reynolds’s books.


During the thirty years of my childhood…” and so the story begins. But these technologies are not abused by the writer, and they make perfect sense, given their use in various situations. Immediately this opens the novel up to the usual criticisms made of Reynolds’s particular brand of space opera: Turns out, someone is attempting to wipe out the Line.

Especially since it’s only partially pertinent to the main storyline. What this produces housse a structured universe in which individuals may only wiggle for their room. That’s why it’s worth carrying on, I suppose.

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I love everything about this book–the action and adventures, the high-speed chases, the planet hopping, the ingenuity, the breathtaking breadth of deep space, and of course the characters–and yet I don’t fully understand any of the high concept science stuff. And another guest of theirs mysteriously dies during the journey to the reunion.

It deflates any sense of houae psychology.

It has been a long time since I had last experienced the pleasure of reading such a beautiful example of space opera. George Williams, in his review for The Australiansaid that “the concepts explored in House of Suns are so far removed from our time, and even from much of the standard fare of science fiction, that parts of the book border on fantasy.

It’s a wonder these line folk know whether they’re Arthur or Marthur, or even what day it is. They meet once every two hundred thousands years the time it takes to years to circumnavigate the galaxy and visit a hundred youse along the way to celebrate, compare stories and integrate all their experience in their common records.

The concept of solar year is tenuous at best in this book because the story takes place six million years from now.

In general, probably reymolds best part is the fact that everything is basically based on real science and possibility, and yet it still manages to go wwwwaaaaaaayyyy out there in scope.

A piratical post-human named Ateshga attempts to trick Campion, but Purslane outwits him and rescues memory-impaired Hesperus. I used to be a space scientist, and now I’m a writer, although for a time the two careers ran in parallel.


The story spans millions of years and hundreds of them often pass in regnolds blink of an eye. Jul 19, Loothi rated it really liked it. Here we have humanity as a star-faring species for more than 6 million years from the point of view of Earth’s rest frame – and if you don’t know what a uouse frame” is you may have a little trouble with this book, because Special Relativity plays a crucial role in the story and Reynolds takes no time out to explain it.

For me the book was shallow and never grabbed my interest.

HOUSE OF SUNS by Alastair Reynolds | Kirkus Reviews

Something on the scale houwe 55 years late. But Reynolds’s clones are seen to have differing personalities, appearances, and even genders. Six million years from the start of the main plot, the genius Abigail Gentian made an army of clones she called the Gentian Line and sent them out into the universe to learn and collect as much information on any planet with any signs of life as they can for the purpose of trade with alien planets and other clones of different lines.

The main plot, however, concerns one of several groups of clones that travel the galaxy spending a lot of This book has all the hallmarks of Alastair Reynolds’ writing: For some reason this book has been out of print in the US for a few years, making a physical copy a little tedious to come by, but I did eventually find one.

Retrieved November 4, John Lee was his regular competent self but, like the book, not terribly inspiring. Along the way, though, I also tried to pay homage to some of those gorgeous SF paperback covers of the seventies, with their awesome, inscrutable artefacts towering or hovering over bizarre alien landscapes.

Their disappointment, though palpable, is seen by Reynolds to be misplaced. Preview — Alasgair of Suns by Alastair Reynolds.