Revelation Space

Revelation Space

Book - 2001
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Baker & Taylor
As human colonists settle on the planet of Amarantin, a world whose native inhabitants mysteriously vanished nearly a million years before, one man becomes convinced that their disappearance could hold the key to human survival on the planet.

Blackwell North Amer
Nine hundred thousand years ago, something annihilated the Amarantin civilization just when it was on the verge of discovering space flight. For the human colonists now settling the Amarantin homeworld, what caused the species' destruction is of little more than academic interest. Even after colonists discover an almost perfectly preserved city on the planet, only the archaeological community seems interested. But one scientist, Dan Sylveste, is convinced that solving the Amarantin riddle is vital to the survival of humanity.
Desperate to get at the truth - but with few resources - Sylveste forges a dangerous alliance with the crew of the starship Nostalgia for Infinity. Walking weapons, the ship's cyborg crew could easily become a very real danger to Sylveste's life - but they could also be his only hope to find the answer he so zealously seeks.
As Sylveste closes in on the secret, he learns that one of the cyborgs was sent to kill him. Because the Amarantin were destroyed for a reason - and if that reason is uncovered, the universe - and reality itself - could be irrevocably altered.

Baker
& Taylor

Convinced that solving the disappearance of the planet Amarantin's native race a million years earlier is vital to his own people's survival, Dan Silvester finds himself targeted when he learns that the truth could alter the fabric of the universe. A first novel.

Publisher: New York : Ace Books, 2001
Edition: Ace 1st ed
ISBN: 9780441008353
0441008356
Characteristics: 476 p. ; 24 cm

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Jacques2016
Apr 17, 2017

Too many twists to be plausible but a decent read. Characters' changes aren't believable. Interesting ideas but they only materialize late in the book. Should have been edited down to 300 pages only.

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Starpoem
Aug 14, 2016

Intricately plotted. Strong female characters. Interesting (and scary) ideas about cybernetics.

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kallithdragonna
Apr 23, 2014

The best of the best Sci Fi out there!!

JimYung Jun 17, 2013

The ideas are very interesting. The plot was complex, sometimes overwhelmingly complex. I thought the book could have used some editing at times, as events occurred which didn't add much to the story later on. The characters were paper thin and they were just names on the page, not whole realized characters.

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macido
Aug 11, 2012

My third Reynold title i have attempted. I say attempted because i did not finish chasm city as it was extremely boring compared to House of suns, being my favourite of his so far.
Revelation space took about 80 pages to finally get going and then he had me till the end.
He tells an amazing galactic adventure and unravels mysteries of wonder. His descriptions of technology and space are like candy to the imagination for the reader. I felt he could have better spread out his interesting plot hooks, there were too long periods of very dull story leaving you wishing you had answers.. yet he doesn't dissapoint in the end.
I cant help but wonder if a certain video game didn't take some of this plot and twist it :)

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