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isferno
2005-Jun-03, 07:56 PM
Good science fiction stories are hard to come by. That is, if you actualy are interested in the story and not just the SF part. With current technology where a typewriter has been replaced for a PC-textwriter so stories are more easily edited for consistency, story-depth and where subtlety can reach the high end.

At least, if the author takes his time to go this far ...

Revelation Space is a book which has this all, and more. Arches, Parallels and contras; Side figures with seemingly no more than plotline figureheads become suddenly Mainplayers when viewed from a character-cast angle; and Incorporation of recent astronomical research, combined with almost sensible fiction.

Alastair Reynolds, the author of Revelation Space, has shown a great mind in unfolding the story of a archeologic researcher Sylveste, who studies an extinguished Extra Terrestial race, and through the whole story leaves you in the dark how separate storylines neatly interlink as if it concerned a DNA base-pair.

The story itself unfolds around several interlinked plotlines where one is the search of human-cyborgs for Dr Dan Sylveste. As space travel is limited to sub-luminar speed travel, the story spans quite some years, taking its time to introduce Sylveste and his research, the human-cyborg crew and some other main-theme players. In short time you are presented with riddles concerning All three where you don't have to worry that answers are subtly skipped. The first riddle being: What does an archeologist on a frontier planet, an ex-soldier and a sub-luminar (lighthugger) cyborg-crew have in common?

See also: http://www.ffbooks.co.uk/n4/n24777.htm