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Galactic North by Alastair Reynolds

Galactic North (edition 2007)

by Alastair Reynolds

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Title:Galactic North
Authors:Alastair Reynolds (Author)
Info:Gollancz (2007), Paperback, 392 pages
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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. ( )
  saltmanz | Oct 21, 2013 |
I don't generally like short stories, but I enjoyed these. Particularly the ones about Clavain. ( )
  shanaqui | Apr 9, 2013 |
This collection of short stories from Reynolds' RS universe adds some terrific background color to the other novels. Uncharacteristically, only one of the stories has quite the scale or galactic import of his usual work, though. ( )
  SciFi-Kindle | Apr 1, 2013 |
Eight stories set in Reynold's shared universe. In his Afterword, Reynolds writes about how the concept of future history story arcs seized his imagination as a teenager. It seems that many writers go through this stage, only to abandon the concept when either their ideas no longer fit into the established story arc, or they require too much bending of the facts and action to make that happen. (The solution, which Iain Banks seems to have worked out, is to leave the historical and factual basis of his universe pretty loose, enabling him to write a range of different stories set in and around the Culture... but that's another matter altogether.)

Most of these stories set up features of Reynolds' future history, and reading them as an afterthought filled in a lot of details for me (although Reynolds himself acknowledges that some of the stories were written before his future universe was fully fleshed out; hence some of the details don't entirely gel with later stories.) Whether I would want to read them in advance of a re-read of the novel sequence is another question.

Of the stories, "Great Wall of Mars" and "Glacial" held my interest the best for filling in the back story of Nevil Clavain; whilst "Weather" was probably the most affecting story. "Grafenwalder's Bestiary" was rather reminiscent of George R.R. Martin's 1970s stories about Havilland Tuf (especially "A Beast for Norn"). but draws on the events of "A spy on Europa".

All in all, a strong collection that is essential reading for anyone already acquainted with Reynolds' 'Revelation Space' novels. ( )
  RobertDay | Dec 18, 2012 |
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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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