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On the Steel Breeze (Poseidon's Children Series #2)
     

On the Steel Breeze (Poseidon's Children Series #2)

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by Alastair Reynolds
 

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The award-winning author of Blue Remembered Earth continues his saga as the next generation of the Akinya family crosses interstellar space seeking humanity’s future...
 
Chiku Akinya, great granddaughter of the legendary space explorer Eunice and heir to the family empire, is just one among millions on a long one way journey towards

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The award-winning author of Blue Remembered Earth continues his saga as the next generation of the Akinya family crosses interstellar space seeking humanity’s future...
 
Chiku Akinya, great granddaughter of the legendary space explorer Eunice and heir to the family empire, is just one among millions on a long one way journey towards a planet they hope to call their new home. For Chiku, the journey is a personal one, undertaken to ensure that the Akinya family achieves its destiny among the stars.
 
The passengers travel in huge self-contained artificial worlds—holoships—putting their faith in a physics they barely understand. Chiku’s ship is called Zanzibar—and over time, she will discover it contains an awesome secret—one which will lead her to question almost every certainty about her voyage, and its ultimate destiny…

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Publishers Weekly
04/21/2014
Reynolds’s depth of imagination, adeptness with creating multi-dimensional characters, and brisk pacing are again in evidence in his second Poseidon’s Children SF novel. Chiku Akinya was born on the Moon and grew up during a tranquil time in human history. Lacking major challenges to overcome, she feels inferior compared to her ancestors (whose achievements were chronicled in Blue Remembered Earth). To broaden her experiences, Akinya creates clones of herself, gives them her memories, and sends them off—one to journey to the stars in search of their ancestor Eunice, and one to help the quest for a new human home on the planet Crucible. The bulk of the book focuses on the latter Akinya, who makes some disturbing discoveries about the holoship she’s on and its target. While familiarity with the first book isn’t necessary, the complicated story structure may confuse both new and returning readers. (June)
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Praise for Alastair Reynolds:

“Engrossing…Blue Remembered Earth is, ultimately, a collection of conflicting ‘isms’: individualism, collectivism, romanticism, capitalism, expansionism, escapism. The ability to integrate such competing notions into a stable narrative speaks to the ideological power of the best SF; it also demonstrates Reynolds’s genre mastery….More importantly, the projected series—and the work Reynolds has yet to produce—will tell us much about the state of SF in the early twenty-first century.”—Los Angeles Review of Books
 
“Reynolds both develops a richly detailed portrait of a resurgent, postapocalyptic Earth society and economy, and leaves himself plenty of room to expand his narrative space exponentially…If Reynolds can keep this up—and there’s enough planted here for future volumes to already suggest that he can—he might have one of the most enjoyable series of the still-young decade.”—Locus
 
“As my number one SF writer of the ’00s, any novel or story by Alastair Reynolds is a must...As speculation about a mid 2100s Earth and nearby solar system, Blue Remembered Earth is simply unrivaled in recent SF and if only for that and the novel is a top 25 of mine…A compulsive read that you do not want to put down…If you want to understand why SF at its best is still the most interesting form of literature today, Blue Remembered Earth [is the place] to go.”—Fantasy Book Critic

 
"Reynolds does what he does best in this tale of a not-unimaginably distant future: a sweeping family epic.With space travel."—Booklist

"The futuristic science, which includes expansions of virtual reality and a convenient mode of travel from Earth to the Moon, is plausibly conveyed. Beyond that, Reynolds’s creative imagination uses current and speculative science and technology as the underlying structure for a thoughtful exploration of humanity’s place in the universe."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425256787
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/03/2014
Series:
Poseidon's Children Series , #2
Pages:
496
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.60(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Praise for Alastair Reynolds:

“Engrossing…Blue Remembered Earth is, ultimately, a collection of conflicting ‘isms’: individualism, collectivism, romanticism, capitalism, expansionism, escapism. The ability to integrate such competing notions into a stable narrative speaks to the ideological power of the best SF; it also demonstrates Reynolds’s genre mastery….More importantly, the projected series—and the work Reynolds has yet to produce—will tell us much about the state of SF in the early twenty-first century.”—Los Angeles Review of Books
 
“Reynolds both develops a richly detailed portrait of a resurgent, postapocalyptic Earth society and economy, and leaves himself plenty of room to expand his narrative space exponentially…If Reynolds can keep this up—and there’s enough planted here for future volumes to already suggest that he can—he might have one of the most enjoyable series of the still-young decade.”—Locus
 
“As my number one SF writer of the ’00s, any novel or story by Alastair Reynolds is a must...As speculation about a mid 2100s Earth and nearby solar system, Blue Remembered Earth is simply unrivaled in recent SF and if only for that and the novel is a top 25 of mine…A compulsive read that you do not want to put down…If you want to understand why SF at its best is still the most interesting form of literature today, Blue Remembered Earth [is the place] to go.”—Fantasy Book Critic

 
"Reynolds does what he does best in this tale of a not-unimaginably distant future: a sweeping family epic.With space travel."—Booklist

 

"The futuristic science, which includes expansions of virtual reality and a convenient mode of travel from Earth to the Moon, is plausibly conveyed. Beyond that, Reynolds’s creative imagination uses current and speculative science and technology as the underlying structure for a thoughtful exploration of humanity’s place in the universe."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Meet the Author

Alastair Reynolds was born in Wales in 1966. He has a PhD in astronomy. From 1991 to 2007, he lived in the Netherlands, where he was employed by the European Space Agency as an astrophysicist. He is now a full-time writer and lives in South Wales with his wife, Josette. He is the author of several novels including Revelation Space, Redemption Ark, Absolution Gap, Chasm City, The Prefect, Terminal World, and Blue Remembered Earth.

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On the Steel Breeze 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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Wow! Wow! Wow! Alistair Reynolds' mind is beautiful and brilliant. I've been a fan of all his books. Now, I'm convinced he belongs with Asimov, Clarke and Heinleim as a giant.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Alastair Reynolds maybe the best Sci-Fi writer out there, no he is the best:) Slow start but picked up further along with enough intensity of tension with twist and turns that kept me intrigued. Imagine three Chikus venturing and three different fates that inevitably collide with one another (clones). The authors female characters, yes undoubtedly strong and determined but don't count out the other colorful characters too. The story intertwined both science and the human side which made it fascinating to read. The ending not a surprise but what I expected, classic though! As stated in the book, It was preposterous to think that one woman could do any good, when so much was broken,yeah she thought wrong as the journey continues, CHIKU, more to come . . ? I hope so. Excellent Sci-Fi read. Won this book on Goodreads, First Read Giveaway. Thank you, Darlene Cruz