Author(s): Alastair Reynolds
Three hundred years in the future, Verity Auger is a specialist in the archaeological exploration of Earth, rendered uninhabitable after the technological catastrophe known as the Nanocaust. After a field-trip to goes badly wrong, Verity is forced to redeem herself by participating in a dangerous mission, for which her expertise in invaluable. Using a backdoor into an unstable alien transit system, Auger's faction has discovered something astonishing at the far end of a wormhole: mid twentieth-century Earth, preserved like a fly in amber. Is it a window into the past, a simulation, or something else entirely? CENTURY RAIN is not just a time-travel story, nor a tale of alternate history. Part hard SF thriller, part interstellar adventure, part noir romance, CENTURY RAIN is something altogether stranger.
Revelation Space has sold more than 50,000 copies in massmarket paperback Revelation Space and Chasm City were shortlisted for the Arthur C Clarke Award; Chasm City won the British Science Fiction Award Absolution Gap is shortlisted for the British Science Fiction Award Immense critical acclaim: 'Reynolds's narrative is truly breathtaking in scope and intricate in detail, making him a mastersinger of the space opera' The Times 'One of Britains hottest young authors' SFRevu.com 'The span here is mind-boggling ... a breathtaking journey' Good Book Guide American sale for REVELATION SPACE and CHASM CITY highest ever for first British SF novels Redemption Ark made SF SITE's reader's poll of the top 10 books of 2002. 'Alastair Reynolds occupies the same frenzied imaginative space as Philip K. Dick or A.E. Van Vogt; that he occupies it as a working scientist is what makes it so exciting' M. John Harrison in the Guardian
Alastair Reynolds was born in Barry, South Wales, in 1966. He studied at Newcastle and St Andrews Universities and has a Ph.D. in astronomy. Since 1991 he has lived in the Netherlands, near Leiden, where he works part-time as an astrophysicist for the European Space Agency.