Book: Alastair Reynolds «Doctor Who: Harvest of Time»

Doctor Who: Harvest of Time

Серия: "Doctor Who: 50th Anniversary Collection"

After billions of years of imprisonment, the vicious Sild have broken out of confinement. From a ruined world at the end of time, they make preparations to conquer the past, with the ultimate goal of rewriting history. But to achieve their aims they will need to enslave an intellect greater than their own... On Earth, Unit is called in to investigate a mysterious incident on a North Sea drilling platform. The Doctor believes something is afoot, and no sooner has the investigation begun when something even stranger takes hold: The Brigadier is starting to forget about Unit's highest-profile prisoner. And he is not alone in his amnesia. As the Sild invasion begins, the Doctor faces a terrible dilemma. To save the universe, he must save his arch-nemesis... The Master.

Издательство: "BBC Books" (2014)

Формат: 125x195, 368 стр.

ISBN: 978-1-8499-0418-6, 1849904189

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Alastair Reynolds

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name = Alastair Reynolds

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birthdate = 1966
birthplace = Barry, Wales,
United Kingdom
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occupation = Novelist,
former research astronomer with the European Space Agency
nationality = Welsh
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genre = Science fiction
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influences = Larry Niven, John Varley,
Bruce Sterling, Gregory Benford, Samuel R. Delany,
Joan D. Vinge,
Michael Swanwick, "Star Trek" [Main influences discussed extensively in Alastair Reynolds, Essay: "Future Histories", "Locus", Vol. 57, No. 5, Issue 550, November 2006, p. 39; also included as afterword to "Galactic North"]
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Alastair Preston Reynolds (born in 1966 in Barry, Wales) is a Welsh science fiction author. He specialises in dark hard science fiction and space opera. He spent his early years in Cornwall, moved back to Wales before going to Newcastle, where he read Physics and Astronomy. Afterwards, he earned a PhD from St Andrews, Scotland. In 1991, he moved to Noordwijk in the Netherlands where he met his wife Josette (who is from France). There, he worked for the European Space Research and Technology Centre, part of the European Space Agency, until 2004 when he left to pursue writing full time. He returned to Wales in 2008 and lives near Cardiff.


Reynolds wrote his first four published science fiction short stories while still a graduate student, in 1989-1991; they appeared in 1990-1992. In 1991 Reynolds graduated and moved from Scotland to the Netherlands to work at ESA. He then started spending much of his writing time on a first novel, which eventually turned into Revelation Space, while the few short stories he submitted from 1991-1995 were rejected. This ended in 1995 when his story "Byrd Land Six" was published, which he says marked the beginning of a more serious phase of writing. As of 2008 he has published over thirty shorter works and eight novels. His works are hard science fiction veiled behind space opera and noir toned stories, and reflect his professional expertise with physics and astronomy, included by extrapolating future technologies in terms that are consistent with current science. Reynolds has said he prefers to keep the science in his books to what he personally believes will be possible, and he does not believe faster-than-light travel will ever be possible, but that he adopts science he believes will be impossible when it is necessary for the story. [ [ Science fiction 'thrives in hi-tech world'] BBC News Monday, 30 April 2007 ] Most of Reynolds's novels contain multiple storylines that originally appear to be completely unrelated, but merge later in the story.

Five of his novels and several of his short stories take place within one consistent future universe, usually now called the Revelation Space universe after the first novel published in it, although it was originally developed in short stories for several years before the first novel. Although most characters appear in more than one novel, the works set within this future timeline rarely have the same protagonists twice. Often the protagonists from one work belong to a group that is regarded with suspicion or enmity by the protagonists of another work. While a great deal of science fiction reflects either very optimistic or dystopian visions of the human future, Reynolds's future worlds are notable in that human societies have not departed to either positive or negative extremes, but instead are similar to those of today in terms of moral ambiguity and a mixture of cruelty and decency, corruption and opportunity, despite their technology being dramatically advanced.

The "Revelation Space" series includes five novels, two novellas, and eight short stories set over a span of several centuries, spanning approximately 2200 to 40 000, although the novels are all set in a 300 year period spanning from 2427 to 2727. In this universe, extraterrestrial sentience exists but is elusive, and interstellar travel is primarily undertaken by a class of vessel called a lighthugger which only approaches the speed of light (Faster than light travel is possible, but it is so dangerous that no race uses it). Fermi's paradox is explained as resulting from the activities of an inorganic alien race referred to by its victims as the Inhibitors, which exterminates sentient races if they proceed above a certain level of technology. The first three novels of the series deal with humanity coming to the attention of the inhibitors and the resultant war between them.

"Century Rain" takes place in a future universe independent of the "Revelation Space" universe and has different rules, such as faster-than-light travel being possible through a system of portals similar to wormholes. "Century Rain" also departs substantially from Reynolds's previous works, both in having a protagonist who is much closer to the perspective of our real world (in fact he is from a version of our past), serving as a proxy for the reader in confronting the unfamiliarity of the advanced science fiction aspects and in having a much more linear storytelling process. Reynolds's previous protagonists started out fully absorbed in the exoticisms of the future setting and his previous "Revelation Space" works have several interlinked story threads, not necessarily contemporaneous.

"Pushing Ice" is also a standalone story, with characters from much less distant in the future than in any of his other novels, set into a framework storyline that extends much further into the future of humanity than any of his previous novels. It contains an alternative interpretation of the Fermi paradox, intelligent sentient life in this universe is extremely scarce.

"The Prefect" marked a return to the "Revelation Space" universe. Like "Chasm City", it is a stand-alone novel within the Revelation Space universe. It is set prior to any of the other Relevation Space novels, though still 200 years after the original human settlement of the Epsilon Eridani system. It was published in the United Kingdom on 2 April 2007.

On 7 June 2007, Reynolds announced that his next novel would be entitled "House of Suns", and that it would be set in the same universe as his novella "Thousandth Night" from the "One Million A.D." anthology. This novel was released in the UK on 17 April 2008 with an American release to follow. [ [] , as retrieved in February 2008] . He is presently working on a new novel which he has confirmed will be a standalone and is due for publication in October 2009 [ [] , as retrieved in February 2008] . It is described by Reynolds in a recent interview as "it's SF, it's weird and it doesn't have spaceships" [ [] Recent interview with Reynolds] . Reynolds further elaborated on the book in a recent release from StarShipSofa, saying that it would have steampunk influences.



Revelation Space

* "Revelation Space". London: Gollancz, 2000. ISBN 0-575-06875-2
* "Chasm City". London: Gollancz, 2001. ISBN 0-575-06877-9
* "Redemption Ark". London: Gollancz, 2002. ISBN 0-575-06879-5
* "Absolution Gap". London: Gollancz, 2003. ISBN 0-575-07434-5
* "The Prefect". London: Gollancz, 2007, ISBN 0-575-07716-6


* "Century Rain". London: Gollancz, 2004. ISBN 0-575-07436-1
* "Pushing Ice". London: Gollancz, 2005. ISBN 0-575-07438-8
* "House of Suns". London: Gollancz, 2008, ISBN 0-575-07717-4


* "Diamond Dogs, Turquoise Days". London: Gollancz, 2003. ISBN 0-575-07526-0
* "Zima Blue and Other Stories". San Francisco, CA: Night Shade Books, 2006. ISBN 1-59780-058-9
*"Galactic North". London: Gollancz, 2006. ISBN 0-575-07910-X (Contains all current novellas and short stories in the Revelation Space universe except those in "Diamond Dogs, Turquoise Days")


Revelation Space

* "Great Wall of Mars" - Originally published in "Spectrum SF" #1 (February 2000); reprinted in "" (2001, ISBN 0-312-27465-3), Gardner Dozois, ed.; and in "Galactic North"
* "Glacial" - Originally published in "Spectrum SF" #5 (March 2001); reprinted in "" (2002, ISBN 0-312-28879-4), Gardner Dozois, ed.; and in "Galactic North"
* "Diamond Dogs" - Originally published as a chapbook from PS Publishing (2001, ISBN 1-902880-27-7); reprinted in "Infinities" (2002), Peter Crowther, ed.; and in "Diamond Dogs, Turquoise Days"
* "Turquoise Days" - Originally published as a chapbook from Golden Gryphon (2002, no ISBN); reprinted in the ' (2003, ISBN 0-312-30860-4), Gardner Dozois, ed.; and in ' (2007, ISBN-10: 0312363427), Gardner Dozois, ed.; and in "Diamond Dogs, Turquoise Days"
* "Weather" - Originally published in "Galactic North" (2006)
* "Grafenwalder's Bestiary" - Originally published in "Galactic North" (2006)
* "Nightingale" - Originally published in "Galactic North" (2006); reprinted in "" (2006, ISBN 978-0312363352), Gardner Dozois, ed.


* "Thousandth Night" - Originally published in "One Million A.D." (2005), Gardner Dozois, ed.
* "Understanding Space and Time" - Originally published in a limited edition of 400 copies for the Novacon 35 Sci Fi convention; reprinted in ' (2006, ISBN 978-0809556496), Rich Horton, ed.; and in ' (2006), Jonathan Strahan, ed.; and in "Zima Blue and Other Stories"
* "Minla's Flowers" - Originally published in "The New Space Opera" (2007, ISBN 978-0060846756), Gardner Dozois and Jonathan Strahan, eds.
* "The Six Directions of Space" - Originally published in "Galactic Empires" (September 2007 [ [ Science Fiction Book Club] ] ), Gardner Dozois, ed.; to be reprinted as a stand-alone chapbook by Subterranean Press [ [ Subterranean Press website] ]
* "Troika": originally published in "Godlike Machines" (2008), Jonathan Strahan, (forthcoming as of June 2008).

hort Fiction

Revelation Space

* "Dilation Sleep" - Originally published in "Interzone" #39 (September 1990); reprinted in "Galactic North"
* "A Spy in Europa" - Originally published in "Interzone" #120 (June 1997); reprinted in the "" (1998, ISBN 0-312-19033-6), Gardner Dozois, ed.; and in "Galactic North"; and posted free online at Infinity Plus []
* "Galactic North" - Originally published in "Interzone" #145 (July 1999); reprinted in "Space Soldiers" (2001, ISBN 978-0441008247), Jack Dann and Gardner Dozois, eds.; and in the "" (2000, ISBN 0-312-26417-8), Gardner Dozois, ed.; and in "Hayakawa's SF" magazine; and in "Galactic North"


* "Nunivak Snowflakes" - Originally published in "Interzone" #36 (June 1990)
* "Enola" - Originally published in "Interzone" #54 (December 1991); reprinted in "Zima Blue and Other Stories"
* "Digital to Analogue" - Originally published in "In Dreams" (1992), Paul McAuley and Kim Newman, eds.; reprinted in "Zima Blue and Other Stories", Limited Edition
* "Byrd Land Six" - Originally published in "Interzone" #96 (June 1995); reprinted in "The Ant Men of Tibet and Other Stories" (2001, ISBN 1-903468-02-7), David Pringle, ed.
* "Spirey and the Queen" - Originally published in "Interzone" #108 (June 1996); reprinted in "Future War" (1999, ISBN 0-441-00639-6), Gardner Dozois and Jack Dann, eds.; and in "Zima Blue and Other Stories"; and in "The Space Opera Renaissance" (2006), David G. Hartwell & Kathryn Cramer, eds.; and posted free online at Infinity Plus []
* "On the Oodnadatta" - Originally published in "Interzone" #128 (February 1998)
* "Stroboscopic" - Originally published in "Interzone" #134 (August 1998); reprinted in "Dangerous Games" (2007, ISBN 978-0441014903), Gardner Dozois and Jack Dann, eds.
* "Angels of Ashes" - Originally published in "Asimov's Science Fiction" (July 1999); reprinted in "Zima Blue and Other Stories"
* "Viper" - Originally published in "Asimov's Science Fiction" (December 1999)
* "Merlin's Gun" - Originally published in "Asimov's Science Fiction" (May 2000); reprinted in "Zima Blue and Other Stories"; and in "The Mammoth Book of Extreme Science Fiction" (2006, ISBN 978-0-78671-727-9), Mike Ashley, ed.
* "Hideaway" - Originally published in "Interzone" #157 (July 2000); reprinted in "Zima Blue and Other Stories"
* "Fresco" - Originally published in the "UNESCO Courier" (May 2001); posted free online at UNESCO website []
* "The Big Hello" - Originally published in German translation in a convention program; also posted free online at Alastair Reynolds's website []
* "The Real Story" - Originally published in "Mars Probes" (2002), Peter Crowther, ed.; reprinted in "Zima Blue and Other Stories"
* "Everlasting" - Originally published in "Interzone" #193 (Spring 2004)
* "Beyond the Aquila Rift" - Originally published in "Constellations" (2005), Peter Crowther, ed.; reprinted in "" (2006, ISBN 0-312-35334-0), Gardner Dozois, ed.; and in "Year's Best SF 11" (2006, ISBN 978-0060873417), David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer, eds.; and in "Zima Blue and Other Stories"
* "Zima Blue" - Originally published in "Postscripts" # 4 (Summer 2005); reprinted in "" (2006, ISBN 0-312-35334-0), Gardner Dozois, ed.; and in "Zima Blue and Other Stories"
* "Feeling Rejected" - Originally published in the journal "Nature" (2005)
* "Tiger, Burning" - Originally published in "Forbidden Planets" (2006, ISBN 0-7564-0330-8), Peter Crowther, ed.; reprinted in "Year's Best SF 12" (2007, ISBN 978-0061252082), David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer, eds.
* "Signal to Noise" - Originally published in "Zima Blue and Other Stories", (2006); reprinted in "" (2006, ISBN 978-0312363352), Gardner Dozois, ed.
* "The Sledge-Maker's Daughter" - Originally published in "Interzone" No. 209 (April 2007); reprinted in "" (2006, ISBN 978-0312378608), Gardner Dozois, ed.
* "The Star-Surgeon's Apprentice" - Originally published in "The Starry Rift" (April 2008), Jonathan Strahan, ed.
* "The Manastodon Broadcasts" - Originally published in "Aberrant Dreams I: The Awakening" (March 2008 [ [ Skull on a Shelf] ("the Aberrant Dreams and HD-IMAGE store"), as linked from [ this Aberrant Dreams news post] ] ), Joe Dickerson, Ernest G. Saylor and Lonny Harper, eds.
* "The Fixation" - Originally published in a Finnish language, limited edition booklet of about 200 copies in tribute to Hannu Blomilla in Finland (2007); to be reprinted in "The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction, Volume 3" (2009), George Mann, ed. (forthcoming as of 2008)
* "The Receivers" - Originally published in "Other Earths" (2009), Nick Gevers and Jay Lake, eds. (forthcoming as of as of 2008
* "Fury"- Originally published in "Eclipse Two: New Science Fiction and Fantasy", (October 2008) Jonathan Strahan (forthcoming as of June 2008).

See also

* Transhumanism in fiction, which contains plot detail for some of Reynolds' works.
* Revelation Space universe


External links

* [ Personal homepage]
* [ Alastair Reynolds' online fiction] at "Free Speculative Fiction Online"
* [ Golden Gryphon Press official site] - About chapbook "Turquoise Days"
* [ Revelation Space The Alastair Reynolds Forum.] Alastair Reynolds chat forum.
* [ Night Shade Books] publisher of "Zima Blue and Other Stories"


* [ Interview] conducted by Roger Deforest at [] (2006)
* [ Science fiction 'thrives in hi-tech world'] , interview by the BBC (2007)

NAME = Reynolds, Alastair Preston
SHORT DESCRIPTION = Novelist and astronomer
PLACE OF BIRTH = Barry, South Wales, United Kingdom

Источник: Alastair Reynolds

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