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Galactic North [collection]

by Alastair Reynolds

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Series: Revelation Space (short stories - 6)

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SF will not become SciFi: "Galactic North" by Alastair Reynolds

Published 2007.

Is SF becoming SciFi? I hope not.

Dumbing down is the order of the day. Our marketing and publishing departments no longer want to see SF in SciFi, maybe because it couldn’t be labeled, but I think, like many others, because so long as they called it “SciFi” they had to give scifi. Now that they’re calling it “SyFy”, they can put on anything. The name isn’t a promise, it’s just a (TV) brand. Gynmastic shows, Wrestling, Ghost hunting, etc., with some science twists, like making ice cream with liquid nitrogen make it possible to brand something trivial as SyFy.

You can read the rest of this review on my blog. ( )
  antao | Dec 10, 2016 |
Reynolds' stories have yet to disappoint me and this good-size collection of eight novellas and longer short stories kept my impression intact. The collection includes an afterword by the author to add some perspective, inspirations, clues and tidbits to the stories. The stories were written at various times over the author's career, including new ones, and are part of his future history series generally referred to as "Revelation Space." The first story is set on Mars about 200 hundred years from now and the final one, the title story, covers a vast period of time into the far future. The topics are really varied and for science fiction fans who like challenging, interesting stuff, this is good. This is the kind of harder-edged modern "space opera" that I like. This type of story is not for a casual reader - this is not Ray Bradbury on Mars or elsewhere. The science is challenging. In a way these stories create an episodic novel that covers a vast amount of time and space. The impact of the stories is cumulative. There is also a dark streak that runs through most of these stories.

The included stories are:

1 Great Wall of Mars • (2000) • novelette
52 Glacial • (2001) • novella
104 A Spy in Europa • (1997) • shortstory
128 Weather • (2006) • novella
186 Dilation Sleep • (1990) • shortstory
203 Grafenwelder's Bestiary • (2006) • novelette
252 Nightingale • (2006) • novella
326 Galactic North • (1999) • novelette
368 Afterword • (2006) • essay by Alastair Reynolds

Every story in this collection is interesting. "Great Wall of Mars" certainly starts this off very well and whet my appetite for more. The novella "Weather" probably had the strongest emotional effect on me, and I think I'll call it my favorite here. The one story I didn't much care for was "Grafenwelder's Bestiary" because it was too dark and macabre for my personal tastes. The longer length of most of the stories really allowed some nice world building and atmosphere. Although written at various times, the stories are related and presented in a chronological order. Reynolds "Afterword" explains much about the stories and setup and was really interesting to me. I've enjoyed just about everything I've read by Reynolds and I'm looking forward to reading much more from this author. ( )
1 vote RBeffa | Nov 24, 2015 |
Enjoyable short stories, set in the same milieu as his first few novels. I had read a couple of these before in Dozois' "Year's Best" anthologies, but they actually stood up to re-reading. ( )
  ronhenry | Nov 17, 2015 |

slightly to my surprise, turned out not to be a novel but a set of short stories set in the universe of Revelation Space. I had read a couple of them before - I particularly remembered "A Spy in Europa" from when it was first published in Interzone - though I see that three of the stories were published only in this volume. The whole is greater than its parts (and the parts are pretty good). Out of the context of the framing narrative of Reynolds' future history, they just seem like neat, vivid ideas; grouped together, the overall plan becomes clear. Reynolds explains the order and method of composition in an afterword; I guess if I'd stopped to think while reading I'd have spotted fairly easily which the first written story is, but I was enjoying it too much to reflect. Good hard sf in that distinctly British voice that Reynolds shares with Stephen Baxter. ( )
2 vote nwhyte | Nov 1, 2015 |
The Revelation Space universe is an amazing place, and a large part of what gives it its charm is the sense of history with which Reynolds has imbued his books. This collection is a bit of an eye-opener in when you get to see just what the scope of his created fictional history is. Copious references to characters and events from his series make these stories mesh perfectly with those books, and perhaps the most impressive part is that main of them were written before the novels. Beyond that, though, this is still a solid collection of awesome sci-fi stories. ( )
1 vote saltmanz | Oct 21, 2013 |
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DeFex, Annette FioreCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Gathered here for the first time are Alastair Reynolds' stories and novelettes set in the universe of REVELATION SPACE, his first bestselling blockbuster.

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'Galactic North', Alastair Reynolds' first collection features eight novellas and short stories, three brand-new for this volume.

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