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Merlin's Gun [short fiction] (original 2000; edition 2009)

by Alastair Reynolds

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Title:Merlin's Gun [short fiction]
Authors:Alastair Reynolds
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Tags:science fiction, short fiction, space exploration, far future

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Mammoth Books presents Merlin's Gun by Alastair Reynolds (2000)



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Interesting, flowing story-line, good characters, enjoyable! ( )
  malcrf | Oct 20, 2014 |
This early novella of Reynolds has some of the world elements later seen in his ‘Revelation Space’ series, although it is a distinctly separate universe. Like that series, there is internecine war being waged over long centuries (‘kiloyears’ is thrown around here). As in Reynold’s later novella ‘Beyond the Aquilla Rift”, a long-vanished advanced civilization has paved the road for humankind to travel the stars via an unapproachably complex technology which the bravest exploit. Another familiar element seen here is a traveler, far removed from their own era and locale, skipping across vast distances and sleeping away the centuries between adventures, something necessitated by Reynolds familiar refusal to write anything that utilizes FTL travel. While it allows for terrific drama and perspective robbed from stories that do use it, here it mainly provides a McGuffin. There are some terrific mysteries introduced that beg for additional stories in this world, and there is plenty of room both before and after this story in the narrative timeline ripe for setting them, should Reynolds ever opt to take on the challenge. ( )
  SciFi-Kindle | May 4, 2014 |
This is a short e-book story that I believe may also be published in a larger collection of science fiction stories. Overall it has everything you can expect from Alastair Reynolds: Ramscoops, relativistic space flight, fascinating future physics, awesome weapons, incredible biotech, big open universe, and a story line that won't let you stop reading. If you are unfamiliar with any of Reynold's writing this is the kind of e-book that can give you a taste of what his larger novels are like. For those already familiar with Alastair Reynolds, this e-book has a House of Suns, Revelation Space kind of feel to it. ( )
  speljamr | Aug 11, 2013 |
The final story following on from Hideaway and Merlin's Gun. Merlin seems to have discovered a superweapon, built by the Way creators. He rescues Sora who teams up with him but is suspicious, as he appears not to have aged. It all leads up to a confrontation with the Huskers and lots of revelations and the usual mind-boggling technologies. ( )
  AlanPoulter | Jun 5, 2010 |
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When Sora's swallowship is taken out by a swarm during the war she is rescued by Merlin, a legendary man who has allegedly discovered a super-weapon built by the Way creators; a gun so powerful it I said to have stopped the previous war. Sora is sceptical, though, for Merlin has been missing for ten thousand years, yet he has not aged a day. As the current war between aliens and humans intensifies, the need to find this weapon becomes unquestionably urgent. They must find the gun before the enemy does and incinerates them. Can their quest to save humanity and end the war be achieved with Merlin's gun?… (more)

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