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House of Suns: Alastair Reynolds (GOLLANCZ S.F.)

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Sent out into the galaxy, these shatterlings have stood aloof as they document the rise and fall of countless human empires. These aren´t rare too and Reynolds plays his astrophysics profession card more wisely and less hardcore than in the Revelation Space series, making it easier to follow, more focused on the great and heavily interwoven plot, so be focused while reading not to oversee the premises because Reynolds likes to puzzle with tiny pieces and each knows it´s place. Oh, and at some point a big event known as "the Absence" occurred: the Andromeda galaxy (apparently) winked out of existence. Set Six million years in the future, this story is set in a universe vastly different than anything you have ever read before.

Some of my books and stories are set in a consistent future named after Revelation Space, the first novel, but I've done a lot of other things as well and I like to keep things fresh between books. What sets House of Suns far apart from other space operas is the sheer scope and scale of the thing and the fact that the immensity of it all does not drown the beautiful humanity displayed by the main characters, Campion and Purslane, two clones of the Gentian line who have been illicitly involved in a forbidden relationship with one another. On board Silver Wings of Morning, Hesperus reveals to Campion that while he managed to destroy Cadence before they could leave the Neume star system, Cascade survived and he and Cascade had engaged in a marathon battle, several thousand years. It states that the First Machines have no hostile intent towards the humans, despite what was done to them. I can't remember who to blame for The Infinite and the Divine, but I know I was talking to someone about it - speak up if you think it was you!The scale of some of the conceptual elements was so broad that I initially had some difficulty finding a handhold to comprehend them. The ways in which they are similar just reinforce the fact that they started from a near identical point. inverarity One-line summary: An intergalactic mystery with intrigue, betrayal, and illicit romance spanning six million years. The shatterlings open fire on both Galingale's and Purslane's ships, and while they manage to capture Galingale, they are unable to stop Purslane's ship. The House of Suns erased all references to the event from history and maintain a conspiracy to keep it that way.

Sometimes it’s for nefarious purposes, sometimes for self-preservation, and sometimes to spare others from pain. Also, at least in the case of the Gentian Line, the Line progenitor is one of the Line member, but deliberately got their identity wiped out. Campion is then shown Hesperus, who still contains the still-living Purslane, and the First Machine offers to help him free her before departing.However, before reaching the reunion world, Campion and Purslane encounter an emergency distress signal from Fescue, another Gentian shatterling. They still keep on going, pumping so much energy into the planet that it literally just expands from the heat and disintegrates in a slow-motion kaboom. While it does not appear to host an atmosphere it does have much stronger gravity than it should due to the black hole in the center of it. Shout-Out: This book is pretty much every single Alan Parson's Project song title smashed into a Space Opera screen play.

Your brain is continually scanned while you are in it, so the world constantly adjusts and changes according to your wishes.It all starts with this one girl Abigail Gentian who grew up in a weird shape shifting house and later cloned herself a thousand (+/-1) times for space exploration purposes. With stasis failing, Hesperus decides to protect Purslane by remodeling himself into a stasis equipped landing pod, sacrificing his personality and memories in the process. Toys: “A scaly-winged dragon that flew around the room, spitting pink fire before landing on his arm and coiling its tail several times around it; a soldier who would hide himself somewhere in the room when we closed our eyes… Marbles… which rolled on the floor and organised themselves into shapes and figures according to shouted commands, or formed shapes which we then had to guess at before they were complete… A lovely machine ballerina who would dance on anything, even the tip of a finger. Unwitting Instigator of Doom: It turns out that Campion is the one starting the chain of events that end up with the near-destruction of the Gentian Line due to the fact that on the circuit prior, he got some information out of Vigilance that, unknowing to him and most others, could be used to infer the existence of the First Machines. When they approach the reunion site, they receive a message informing them that unknown attackers ambushed the Gentians and slaughtered all but a handful.

I've read most of Alastair Reynolds's SF novels and enjoyed them all, but "House of Suns" is exceptional, even by his high standards. I think I read that Reynolds has thrown out the continuity of Thousandth Night because there are characters who appear in both that were killed off in that one, or something. Plain cryostasis also exists, however; Purslane prefers it over abeyance because she doesn’t like the feeling of compressed time.I rather like Revelation Space but in a muted sort of way, I thought the characters were on the flat side and a lot of the science went over my head. The surviving shatterlings have to dodge exotic weapons while they regroup to try to solve the mystery of who is persecuting them, and why - before their ancient line is wiped out of existence, forever. Through pure chance, they might just be able to avoid censure thanks to the presence of an esteemed guest – Hesperus, a member of the galaxy’s other great meta-civilization, the Machine People. The amorous involvement - a taboo, given their cloned origin - between the two central characters adds extra spice to the unfolding tale.

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