Author(s): Alastair Reynolds
Six million years ago, at the very dawn of the starfaring era, Abigail Gentian fractured herself into a thousand male and female clones: the shatterlings. Sent out into the galaxy, these shatterlings have stood aloof as they document the rise and fall of countless human empires. They meet every two hundred thousand years, to exchange news and memories of their travels with their siblings. Campion and Purslane are not only late for their thirty-second reunion, but they have brought along an amnesiac golden robot for a guest. But the wayward shatterlings get more than the scolding they expect: they face the discovery that someone has a very serious grudge against the Gentian line, and there is a very real possibility of traitors in their midst. 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, for ever.
Alastair Reynolds is one of the world's finest writers of far future space opera, lauded by mainstream and genre press alike THE PREFECT made the SUNDAY TIMES Top Twenty 'A mastersinger of the space opera' THE TIMES 'Space opera's current Janacek' TELEGRAPH It's rare to find a writer with sufficient nerve and stamina to write novels that are big enough to justify using words like "revelation" and "redemption". Reynolds pulls it off' PUBLISHERS WEEKLY All of Reynolds' novels are excellent backlist sellers; his first novel, REVELATION SPACE, has sold more than 100,000 copies in the UK alone.
Alastair Reynolds was born in Barry, South Wales, in 1966. He studied at Newcastle and St Andrews Universities and has a Ph.D. in astronomy. He lived in the Netherlands for 15 years before returning to Wales. He gave up working as an astrophysicist for the European Space Agency to become a full-time writer. REVELATION SPACE and PUSHING ICE were shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award; REVELATION SPACE, ABSOLUTION GAP and CENTURY RAIN were shortlisted for the British Science Fiction Award, which CHASM CITY won; DIAMOND DOGS was shortlisted for the British Fantasy Award.