Though Welsh born, and having spent his developing years in Cornwall and Scotland, Alastair Reynolds (b. 1966) moved to the Netherlands in 1991 where he spent the next twelve years working for the European Space Agency until taking the plunge to become a full-time writer in 2004. He is best known for his Revelation Space sequence of novels that begun with Revelation Space in 2000. This series is full of innovation in both its projection of future technology and its realization of alien and evolving human biology and cultures. He writes as if that technology already exists. You get that same feeling of immediacy and understanding in this 'Merlin's Gun', which takes to the ultimate one of those wonderful space opera clichés of the weapon that can destroy the universe.
Mammoth Books presents Merlin's Gunby Alastair Reynolds
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?
- Little, Brown Book Group
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Maybe I should have known something was wrong when I only paid .99 for the book, but when I got to the 38th page and that was it I was frustrated because I was expecting 300. I love Reynolds books and have read many, but why only a tease for this story. Wish BN would fix the book description to 38 pages.
Ain't no 300 pages. My Nook says 38 pages.
I guess you just have to use your own knowledge of human nature and imagination.
Enjoyed this short story