Pushing Ice (Revelation Space Series #7)

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2057. Bella Lind and the crew of her nuclear-powered ship, the Rockhopper, push ice. They mine comets. But nothing can prepare them for the surprises in store when Janus, one of Saturn's ice moons, spins out of control.

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Overview

2057. Bella Lind and the crew of her nuclear-powered ship, the Rockhopper, push ice. They mine comets. But nothing can prepare them for the surprises in store when Janus, one of Saturn's ice moons, spins out of control.

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It's obvious that Welsh science fiction writer Alastair Reynolds -- a former astrophysicist with the European Space Agency -- likes to think big. Pushing Ice is a mind-blowing epic across time and space in which the crew of a mining ship is given a seemingly impossible task -- to catch up with a massive alien artifact speeding out of the solar system and somehow unlock its secrets before they're forced to return home.

When Bella Lind, captain of the Rockhopper, receives news that one of Saturn's moons has inexplicably broken free from its orbit and has begun to leave the system, her ship is the only vessel close enough to investigate the anomaly before the satellite disappears forever. After Lind reluctantly agrees to head the dangerous mission, she and her crew race to catch up with the hurtling moon, only to witness it shed its layers of dirt and ice to reveal a huge alien relic underneath. But as the artifact picks up speed and heads toward a destination 260 light-years from home, the Rockhopper is caught in its slipstream, and with no choice left but to follow, the crew of the mining ship must somehow find a way to survive the journey…

Like Reynolds's previous novels (Revelation Space, Redemption Ark, Absulution Gap, et al.), Pushing Ice is an ambitious, visionary, and definitively epic hard science fiction tour de force comparable to works from genre legends like Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, and Frederik Pohl. This breathtakingly vast study of a microcosmic humanity faced with survival against impossible odds is both heartrending and inspiring. Paul Goat Allen
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"[Reynolds is] a genius for big-concept SF and fans of Arthur C. Clarke's Rendezvous with Rama and Larry Niven's Ringworld will love this novel." —-Publishers Weekly
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780441015023
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/29/2007
  • Series: Revelation Space Series , #7
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 592
  • Sales rank: 367,160
  • Product dimensions: 4.44 (w) x 6.84 (h) x 1.31 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

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  • Posted August 29, 2012

    I loved the book. Kinda went awry at times, but still a good re

    I loved the book. Kinda went awry at times, but still a good read. Kept you wanting to read more and more

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Space Opera - Pretty Good~!

    Actually this was quite a good read. You'll like it I am sure. Sorry, not time for more now...

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  • Posted June 3, 2009

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    This One's Different

    Great story line and plot! One of those OMG this is so unreal, cool, come on let's get on with part two! It made me feel so small in this vast universe.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2007

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    Reynolds has fashioned an amazing space opera, and, akin to Clarke, has populated his epic with rich characters and technical plausibility. SF readers will be thrilled with the unlimited possibilities presented in this novel.

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