by Gareth L. Powell


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Parallel stories set in present day and 400 years in the future connect in unexpected and profoundly moving ways. Love affairs, betrayal, family rivalries, space travel.

When his brother disappears into a bizarre gateway on a London Underground escalator, failed artist Ed Rico and his brother's wife Alice have to put aside their feelings for each other to go and find him. Their quest through the 'arches' will send them hurtling through time, to new and terrifying alien worlds.

Four hundred years in the future, Katherine Abdulov must travel to a remote planet in order to regain the trust of her influential family. The only person standing in her way is her former lover, Victor Luciano, the ruthless employee of a rival trading firm.

Hard choices lie ahead as lives and centuries clash and, in the unforgiving depths of space, an ancient evil stirs...

Gareth L. Powell's epic new science-fiction novel delivers a story of galaxy-spanning scope by a writer of astounding vision.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781907519994
Publisher: Solaris
Publication date: 09/28/2011
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Gareth L. Powell was born in Bristol, England. He is the author of the recent SF novel Silversands, and the critically acclaimed short story collection, The Last Reef. His work has been published in magazines all over the world and featured in a number of recent anthologies, including Shine (Solaris, 2010). In 2007, his short story ‘Ack-Ack Macaque’ won the Interzone Readers' Poll for best short story of the year. Gareth lives in the English West Country with his wife and two daughters, and can be found online at:

"Gareth Powell is going to be a major voice in... SF"
- Paul Cornell

"Utterly Impossible to put down."
- Colin Harvey, author of Winter Song

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Recollection 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
yarb on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This review requires a hefty caveat: I am a total neophyte in the Science Fiction world. Apart from some childhood dabblings in Asimov, and the occasional short story, I have literally no experience of the genre, or indeed of genre fiction more generally. I've always read what people call "literary fiction"; calling a novel a "page-turner" turns me off, and to me, a good novel has to be more than just a good yarn.But I read a newspaper review of "The Recollection" on the internet, added it to my wishlist on a whim, and then forgot about it until it showed up under the Christmas tree. And I'm very glad that it did! So in writing this review I'm also exploring where I feel drawn to next as I probe the multifarious SF universe.It's obvious that there are two basic components of a book like this, a conceptual framework as well as a narrative: I suppose I'd call them the "ideas" and the "story". Obviously an SF novel needs both, to some degree, and in this one I think the two are quite nicely balanced. The "ideas" are satisfyingly awesome: a rich galaxy with enough consistency to be believable but enough variety to give a sense of its vastness; wormholes which don't violate relativity and thereby give rise to a fun kind of "virtual" time travel. There is an implacable ancient menace which I thought required a little more backgrounding, and a benevolent alien race about which the same could be said. The opposition of these two was a little too Manichean for my liking. Some early chapters are set in a very near-future with just a few ever so slight variances from our present, which I liked a lot. And the far future developments seem well thought-out in the context of the starting point: technology evolves in a rational way and people still drink beer and shoot guns in the 25th century.The "story" didn't interest me as much. The intertwined subplots are both standard quest/redemption tropes which progress towards an orderly conclusion. The main characters are adequately drawn but there's not much nuance in their motives or actions, and some of the dialogue I found quite scripty. Perhaps I'm asking too much of a genre novel though? On the other hand the writing never jars or bogs down; Powell's prose fizzes along with unselfconscious brio. And I guess with the "ideas" side of it to communicate, there isn't a great deal of room left for getting inside people's heads. Nonetheless, I'd still like to see a novel with the conceptual canvas of "The Recollections" but with beefed up psychological insight and complexity of motive.In conclusion, not a bad way at all to pop my SF cherry, and I'll certainly be back for more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago