Alastair Reynolds was born in Barry, South Wales, in 1966. He studied at Newcastle and St. Andrew's Universities and has a Ph.D. in astronomy. A former astrophysicist for the European Space Agency, he lives in the Netherlands, near Leiden. He is now writing full-time.
In his latest SF novel, Reynolds (Absolution Gap) creates yet another quirky, noirish vision of humanity's future. Three centuries from now, a technologically induced catastrophe, the Nanocaust, makes Earth uninhabitable. Two versions of humanity-the Threshers, who live in a ring of habitats encircling Earth, and the Slashers, who inhabit the outer planets-each blame the other for the disaster. Both groups share access to a system of artificial wormholes, one of which turns out to contain a perfect copy of Earth, sealed off from the rest of the galaxy, at its far end. The Threshers send archeologist Verity Auger to investigate. On this subtly different version of Earth, Wendell Floyd, a second-rate detective and jazz musician living in Paris in the year 1959, is looking into a very odd murder. Then Auger shows up claiming to be the victim's sister and pursued by lethal creatures who look like decaying children. While Reynolds beautifully details this alternate-universe Paris and handles the developing mystery with aplomb, his Thresher and Slasher cultures lack depth and his climax feels a bit jury-rigged. Still, fans of sophisticated hard SF should be pleased. Agent, Robert Kirby at Peters, Fraser and Dunlop (U.K.). (June 6) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Three centuries after the Nanocaust, a technological catastrophe, rendered Earth unfit for habitation, humans live in numerous orbiting habitats above the inhospitable planet. When a perfect copy of Earth is discovered on the other side of a wormhole, archaeologist and Earth-specialist Verity Augur is enlisted to travel there to find a doomsday device that may destroy both versions of Earth. Arriving on the alternate world in 1959, Verity becomes caught up in events that include murder, espionage, and personal danger. The author of Revelation Space crafts a fast-moving story of sf intrigue that combines the ambiance of the 1950s with time travel and nanotechnology. Straightforward storytelling and appealing characters make this a good choice for most sf collections. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Reynolds possesses the true and awesome widescreen SF imagination an exciting, thought-provoking novel. Locus Century Rain fuses time travel, hard SF, alternate history, interstellar adventure, and noir romance to create a novel of blistering powers and style. SF Revu Plenty of action. The Olympian (Olympia, WA) An intelligent space opera. Time Out A darkly brilliant love story set in worlds we think we know but don t. The Guardian (UK)"