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House of Suns: Alastair Reynolds (GOLLANCZ S.F.)

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Artificial Gravity: Used by the starships to propel themselves and to protect their occupants from the crushing force of their thrust. An immensely thrilling, mind-bending piece of work, House looks to the center of all that emptiness and finds its beating heart". At SF Signal, one reviewer noted that a "sense of wonder is where this book excels", adding that "Reynolds is playing on a galactic-sized canvas and uses believable science to back up his grand ideas. Some readers may definitively be disappointed because it´s still very detailed and filled with science facts, characterization, dialogues, and whatever protagonist keen readers are into is secondary after the worldbuilding, fractions, retrospections, and especially the families and the idea of how wealth could keep accumulating in space.

Lo que más destaca es este mundo (o mejor dicho galaxia) que a primera vista pueda parecer rebuscado, está muy bien planteado y es incluso plausible, es genial ir descubriendo la complejidad que tiene, las facciones que posee y como las acciones de los personajes pueden tener repercusiones incluso millones de años después. While it does not appear to host an atmosphere it does have much stronger gravity than it should due to the black hole in the center of it.inverarity One-line summary: An intergalactic mystery with intrigue, betrayal, and illicit romance spanning six million years. The primary storyline begins as Campion and Purslane are roughly fifty years late to the 32nd Gentian reunion. Third pic - my sister's dog Hudson looks mournfully on the empty breakfast plate that wasn't for him. Ungovernable Galaxy: No interstellar society has persisted for more than a few hundred thousand years courtesy of there being no Faster-Than-Light Travel or Subspace Ansible technology; empires have formed then slowly started to unravel and break apart from internal or external pressures and have done so for the past six million years. It's not easy to find a good starting point with Reynolds, since his magnum opus, the Revelation Space series, is long and reportedly hit-and-miss in places.

Centuries old beings observing the rise and fall of civilizations are duped not once, but repeatedly. The stunning science would be no good without a good yarn to tell, and Reynolds excels himself on "House of Suns". Whilst other members of the Line don’t really get the same level of characterisation as Campion, Purslane and Hesperus, this core trio have more than enough charm and personality to get you personally invested in their fates. However, without female pronouns, I doubt I’d guess Purslane was a woman, and the loving relationship and smattering of sex between her and Campion feels bolted on. Insistent Terminology: "Whisking" for teleportation, and "levator" for any piece of machinery that works against gravity.

I don’t want a sci-fi adventure pumped full of passion and fluff, but I’d like the women and their relationships to be more plausible, and to be portrayed with a little more feeling. This is an approach that works well, and is obviously quite freeing for Reynolds – he gets to sprinkle the astrophysics liberally across a boundlessly imaginative sandbox, essentially. Human Popsicle: Since all travel has to be done STL, all biological travelers are put in abeyance, stasis field where passage of time inside can be tuned to be significantly slower than the outside. And faced with concepts and events that span long stretches of millennia, the human mind tends to withdraw, to recoil, at the mere thought of too much time.

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