Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

Revelation Space by Alastair Reynolds
MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingMentions
3,475821,530 (3.85)245
Title:Revelation Space
Authors:Alastair Reynolds
Info:Ace (2002), Paperback
Collections:Your library

Work details

Revelation Space by Alastair Reynolds (2000)

  1. 70
    Chasm City by Alastair Reynolds (Arvoitus)
  2. 10
    Saturn Returns by Sean Williams (reading_fox)
    reading_fox: Dark Space opera, splintered human factions and impressive technology
  3. 00
    The Recollection by Gareth L Powell (sawyl)
  4. 00
    Marrow by Robert Reed (tetrachromat)
    tetrachromat: If you like Reynold's Revelation Space series, you will probably also like Robert Reed's Great Ship series. Both are intelligent,hard science fiction.

Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

» See also 245 mentions

English (76)  French (3)  Finnish (1)  Ukrainian (1)  Spanish (1)  All languages (82)
Showing 1-5 of 76 (next | show all)
I am sorry, but this book is just badly written. Boring. Pathetic. Somewhat retarded perhaps.

You know those kind of authors who are to obsessed with their work and ideas that they did not notice the narrative is just uninteresting and the characters are one-dimensional sad caricatures? Yep, this is *that* kind of book. ( )
  bloodrizer | Nov 19, 2015 |
I finally finished it.

I really had trouble getting into this book -- so much so that I've been trying for years to read it, up to and including trying different formats (print, e-edition, audiobook), even though it's come highly recommended, especially to fans of Peter F. Hamilton, of which I am an enthusiastic member.

I finally got into the audiobook this time, and honestly, I don't know why this doesn't click with me well, since the plot is interesting and likely to appeal to me. I think, maybe, it's that we spend so much time so far away from the plot -- like a large part of the first third to half of the book only deals with the overarching threat incidentally. I guess I had a hard time figuring out what was important and what was flavor, and an awful lot of it was flavor. Maybe it becomes more important later.

I'm probably going to keep going, now that I've gotten through it. And I'm glad I did. I just..eh.. I dunno. ( )
  lyrrael | Oct 17, 2015 |
The first half is full of techno jargon. There's lots of scientific talk and blah, blah, blah but very little story. Than there seems to be a story but it goes back and forth between something and nothing. The last half is flat and so far away from what came earlier that it's like two books in one. The editor needed to have the writer write one story. Instead you have four stories that try to come together at the end. It doesn't work. The characters have no personality. The big revelation is something in saw in the Mass Effect game. The Inhibitors take the role of the Reapers but not attracting their attention is the point of this book. By the time you get to that revelation the book is almost done but it has no impact since it was never alluded to earlier. This was the writers first book hopefully his other works are better. ( )
  Kurt.Rocourt | May 22, 2015 |
Great space opera/hard SF book. I just kept on wanting to read. ( )
  aarondesk | Apr 29, 2015 |
By two stars, I don't mean it's a bad book. It really isn't. I can tell it's good writing but it just did not hold my interest. I star my books Netflix style, so two stars just means I didn't like it.
  FourOfFiveWits | Feb 23, 2015 |
Showing 1-5 of 76 (next | show all)
Alastair Reynolds is a name to watch. Mixing shades of Banks and Gibson with gigatons of originality, he has pulled off that most difficult of SF tropes, believable aliens. [...] Reynolds supplies hard-science answers that are plausible, entertaining and clever; he even manages to make different flavours of neutrino sound interesting.

» Add other authors (5 possible)

Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Alastair Reynoldsprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Moore, ChrisCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tervaharju, HannuTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English (4)

Book description
Haiku summary

Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0441009425, Mass Market Paperback)

Alastair Reynolds's first novel is "hard" SF on an epic scale, crammed with technological marvels and immensities. Its events take place over a relatively short period, but have roots a billion years old--when the Dawn War ravaged our galaxy.

Sylveste is the only man ever to return alive and sane from a Shroud, an enclave in space protected by awesome gravity-warping defenses: "a folding a billion times less severe should have required more energy than was stored in the entire rest-mass of the galaxy." Now an intuition he doesn't understand makes him explore the dead world Resurgam, whose birdlike natives long ago tripped some booby trap that made their own sun erupt in a deadly flare.

Meanwhile, the vast, decaying lightship Nostalgia for Infinity is coming for Sylveste, whose dead father (in AI simulation) could perhaps help the Captain, frozen near absolute zero yet still suffering monstrous transformation by nanotech plague. Most of Infinity's tiny crew have hidden agendas--Khouri the reluctant contract assassin believes she must kill Sylveste to save humanity--and there are two bodiless stowaways, one no longer human and one never human. Shocking truths emerge from bluff, betrayal, and ingenious lies.

The trail leads to a neutron star where an orbiting alien construct has defenses to challenge the Infinity's planet-wrecking superweapons.

At the heart of this artifact, the final revelations detonate--most satisfyingly. Dense with information and incident, this longish novel has no surplus fat and seems almost too short. A sparkling SF debut. --David Langford, Amazon.co.uk

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:21:48 -0400)

(see all 5 descriptions)

Nine hundred thousand years ago, something wiped out the Amarantin. For the human colonists settling the Amarantin homeworld Resurgam, it's of little more than academic interest. But Dan Sylveste will stop at nothing to get at the truth.

(summary from another edition)

» see all 4 descriptions

Quick Links

Swap Ebooks Audio
18 avail.
50 wanted
5 pay6 pay

Popular covers


Average: (3.85)
0.5 2
1 11
1.5 3
2 39
2.5 13
3 198
3.5 86
4 373
4.5 50
5 214


3 editions of this book were published by Audible.com.

See editions

Tantor Media

An edition of this book was published by Tantor Media.

» Publisher information page

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.


Help/FAQs | About | Privacy/Terms | Blog | Store | Contact | LibraryThing.com | APIs | WikiThing | Common Knowledge | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | 100,890,525 books! | Top bar: Always visible