Diamond Dogs, Turquoise Days (Revelation Space Series #6)

Diamond Dogs, Turquoise Days (Revelation Space Series #6)

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by Alastair Reynolds
     
 

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Diamond Dogs

The planet Golgotha—supposedly lifeless—resides in a remote star system, far from those inhabited by human colonists. It is home to an enigmatic machinelike structure called the Blood Spire, which has already brutally and systematically claimed the lives of one starship crew that attempted to uncover its secrets. But nothing will

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Diamond Dogs

The planet Golgotha—supposedly lifeless—resides in a remote star system, far from those inhabited by human colonists. It is home to an enigmatic machinelike structure called the Blood Spire, which has already brutally and systematically claimed the lives of one starship crew that attempted to uncover its secrets. But nothing will deter Richard Swift from exploring this object of alien origin…

Turquoise Days

In the seas of Turquoise live the Pattern Jugglers, the amorphous, aquatic organisms capable of preserving the memories of any human swimmer who joins their collective consciousness. Naqi Okpik devoted her life to studying these creatures—and paid a high price for swimming among them. Now, she may be the only hope for the survival of the species—and of every person living on Turquoise…

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Fans of Reynolds’s brand of noirish sci-fi will find enjoyment here.”—The Kansas City Star

“Diamond Dogs, Turquoise Days highlights the strength and flexibility of Alastair Reynolds’s writing.”—SciFi Dimensions

Publishers Weekly
Astronomer Reynolds's two far-future space exploration novellas, set in his Revelation Space universe (Chasm City, etc.), confirm his mastery of noir SF. Antihero Richard Swift of "Diamond Dogs" joins Mephistophelian Roland Childe's expedition to scale the Blood Spire on the planet Golgotha. As they climb, they must solve increasingly intricate mathematical puzzles, replacing limbs and mental processes with cybernetic constructs as the Spire changes the rules of its lethal game. Naqi Okpik of "Turquoise Days" loses her sister Mina to the sentient ocean of the planet Turquoise. Naqi abandons her humanity, uniting with the ocean to find Mina and save their world from destruction. Spire and ocean are both artifacts of Revelation Space's alien Pattern Jugglers, who form a living gestalt interstellar entity that in these brilliantly executed parables represents the vehicle for humanity's choice between self-immolation and evolution and the author's postulated solution to the riddle of Faustian man. Reynolds's allegory: if humans embrace science and technology so fervently that body and soul sacrifice themselves to overweening greed, humans will eventually perish in bitter suicide; instead, abandon selfish individuality, immerse the soul in the warm sea of homecoming where minds meet and meld into oneness, and survive, changed forever. Agent, Robert Kirby of Peters, Fraser and Dunlop (U.K.). (Jan. 4) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
In "Diamond Dogs," Richard Swift lets nothing distract him from his intention to explore the enigmatic structure known as the Blood Spire, located on the presumably lifeless planet Golgotha, while "Turquoise Days" tells the story of researcher Naqi Okpik's struggle to preserve the existence of the planet Turquoise's indigenous, aquatic Pattern Jugglers. Returning to the world of his Revelation space trilogy, Reynolds illuminates more of his vividly conceived universe and explores the individuals and groups that bring those worlds to life. A good choice for large libraries' sf collections. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Reynolds's ambitious, stunningly detailed Revelation Space trilogy (Revelation Space, paperback, etc.) seethes with post-human Demarchists, Ultras and Conjoiners, and alien Shrouders, Pattern Jugglers and Inhibitors. Here, two novellas share the grand setting but not characters or plot. In "Diamond Dogs," explorer Roland Childe draws in a team to explore an alien artifact on planet Golgotha, among them obsessive cybernetics expert, Dr. Trintignant, scholar Richard Swift and Richard's ex-wife Celeste (he had his memories of her erased), who's had her math abilities enhanced by the alien Pattern Jugglers. The artifact, a huge building called the Blood Spire, is a puzzle-palace with a succession of rooms, each opening only when a particular problem has been solved. Wrong answers are, however, punished by dismemberment or death. Those members of the team who survive are forced to allow Dr. Trintignant to transform them into cyborgs as they progress deeper and deeper into the building, toward-what? In "Turquoise Days," the seas of planet Turquoise contain Pattern Jugglers, aggregations of microscopic life-forms that contain copies of the memories of every intelligent creature that ever swam in the ocean. The Jugglers can also impress, temporarily or permanently, the mindset of one being upon another. Researcher Naqi Okpik, whose sister Mina vanished in the ocean and whose mind is still preserved there, must defend the Jugglers against the crew of a vast light-hugger starship who want to use the Jugglers to create an army of religious-warrior fanatics-and a renegade crewman who'd rather kill the Jugglers and all the minds they contain rather than allow the fanatics to succeed. "Dogs" iscertainly the stronger, though both tales are noteworthy; readers familiar with Reynolds will find intriguing sidebars, while those unacquainted should try the novels first. Agent: Robert Kirby/PFD

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780441012787
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/27/2005
Series:
Revelation Space Series, #6
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
382,306
Product dimensions:
4.38(w) x 6.56(h) x 0.85(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Fans of Reynolds’s brand of noirish sci-fi will find enjoyment here.”—The Kansas City Star

“Diamond Dogs, Turquoise Days highlights the strength and flexibility of Alastair Reynolds’s writing.”—SciFi Dimensions

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