Author Spotlight – Alastair Reynolds
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Alastair Reynolds is a science fiction author well known for his detailed and well thought out stories. He used to be a space scientist, believe it or not. Though that certainly does explain the realism included in his science fiction novels. Now he’s an extremely prolific author, averaging at least one novel a year, plus short stories and novellas.
Some of Reynolds works fit into a futuristic world (well, universe) that he’s created called Revelation Space. Not everything fits into this world though. Those that don’t are either standalone or the start of a new world.
Despite the sheer number of writing he manages to get done in a year, Alastair Reynolds is a surprisingly active person. He loves to run, and finds time for birdwatching, horse-riding, model-making, and even playing the guitar. I don’t know where he finds the time, but I’m a little bit envious!
In total there are five series that Reynolds has, plus all the stories that don’t fit into any of those constructs. There are some repeats between two of the series, because one series (Perfect Dreyfus Emergency) spins off of another one (Revelation Space). Thus they have the same setting, but a slightly different focus/plot.
Revelation Space – Is a science fiction series set in the near-ish future. Alastair Reynolds himself has said that you don’t have to read them in any particular order, but that you’d probably enjoy reading the main three (Revelation Space, Redemption Ark, and Absolution Gap) in the order listed. Otherwise, you can read (or not read) them as you please.
The Prefect (Book 0.1)
Elysium Fire (Book 0.2)
Chasm City (Book 0.3)
Diamond Dogs, Turquoise Days (A collection)
Galactic North (A collection)
Prefect Dreyfus Emergency – This is a subseries to the Revelation Space series, so you’re going to see some books in common. Obviously, that means that the series is also set in a not too distant future. Like the main series, its following humans are they come across different unexpected conflicts.
Open and Shut (Book 1.5)
Poseidon’s Children – This one is a hard science fiction trilogy. It follows humanity as they form a utopian future – one that eventually finds its way into space.
Blue Remembered Earth
In the Steel Breeze
Revenger – Think treasure hunters/pirates in space, and you’ve got a basic understanding of this duology. It’s got some fun characters and conflicts inside but is still very heavily leaning towards science fiction (in case that wasn’t obvious).
Merlin – The title of this series may indicate fantasy to some, but trust me when I say that it is still very much a science fiction series. So far it is comprised of four novellas, but there will likely be more added at some point.
The Iron Tactician
Unconnected Novels and Novellas – This is an incomplete list of some of the novellas and novels that Alastair Reynolds has written over the years. To get a complete list, check out his website or Goodreads page.
House of Suns
Zima Blue and Other Stories
The Six Directions of Space
Doctor Who: Harvest of Time
Permafrost – March 19th, 2019