Beyond the Aquila Rift

Beyond the Aquila Rift

The Best of Alastair Reynolds

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"The Guardian called Alastair Reynolds' work "a turbulent, wildly entertaining ride" and The Times acclaimed him as "the mastersinger of space opera". With a career stretching back more than 25 years and across fourteen novels, including the classic 'Revelation Space' series, the bestselling 'Poseidon's Children' series, Century Rain, Pushing Ice, and most recently The Medusa Chronicles (with Stephen Baxter), Reynolds has established himself as one of the best and most beloved writers of hard science fiction and space opera working today. A brilliant novelist, he has also been recognized as one of our best writers of short fiction. His short stories have been nominated for the Hugo, British Fantasy, British Science Fiction, Theodore Sturgeon Memorial, Locus, Italia, Seiun, and Sidewise Awards, and have won the Seiun and Sidewise Awards. The very best of his more than sixty published short stories are gathered in Beyond the Aquila Rift: The Best of Alastair Reynolds, a sweeping 250,000 word career retrospective which features the very best stories from the 'Revelation Space' universe like "Galactic North", "Great Wall of Mars", "Weather", "Diamond Dogs", and "The Last Log of the Lachrymosa" alongside thrilling hard science fiction stories like Hugo Award nominee "Troika", "Thousandth Night", and "The Star Surgeon's Apprentice". Spanning more than fifteen years, the book also collects more recent stories like environmental SF tale "The Water Thief", powerful and moving YA "The Old Man and the Martian Sea" and the brilliant "In Babelsberg". Beyond the Aquila Rift: The Best of Alastair Reynolds has something for every reader of science fiction, and easily meets the challenge of delivering stories that are the hardest of hard science fiction and great entertainment."--Jacket flap.
Publisher: Burton, MI : Subterranean Press, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781596067660
1596067667
Branch Call Number: SF
Characteristics: 781 pages ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Best of Alastair Reynolds

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Aug 26, 2017

Fiction [especially] is a matter of taste so i can offer no real evidence for rating this author higher than most of his competitors. Certainly he superficially resembles Greg Bear etc.
I just find his mix of ideas and people especially balanced.
Some SF authors overdo the ideas part- make their characters mere stick-figure demonstrators of their [quasi-scientific] theorizing. Others go to the other extreme: make the science mere window dressing [the most common example: westerns with ray-guns instead of six-guns]. The stories in this collection present a nice balance.
Although the title story is fine, I think Diamond Dogs is the real star in this collection.
Lily Tomlin once said, "The problem with the rat race is that even if you win, you're still a rat." A diamond rat if you will. Diamond dogs may not have been written as a superb extended metaphor for consumerism, but works very well as one. I'd go on, but don't want to spoil the story for you.
Yes there's a glut of bad science-fiction (and fantasy) around, but as Theodore Sturgeon once rebutted, "Yeah, most science-fiction is awful, but 99% of anything is garbage."!
So try this collection.

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