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Alastair Reynolds

UK flag (b.1966)

Alastair Reynolds was born in Barry, South Wales, in 1966. He studied at Newcastle and St Andrews Universities and has a Ph.D. in astronomy. He stopped working as an astrophysicist for the European Space Agency to become a full-time writer. REVELATION SPACE and PUSHING ICE were shortlisted for the ARTHUR C. CLARKE AWARD; REVELATION SPACE, ABSOLUTION GAP, DIAMOND DOGS and CENTURY RAIN were shortlisted for the BRITISH SCIENCE FICTION AWARD and CHASM CITY won the BRITISH SCIENCE FICTION AWARD.

Genres: Science Fiction
Series contributed to
Anthologies edited
Anthologies containing stories by Alastair Reynolds
Short stories
A Spy in Europa (1997)
Galactic North [short story] (1999)
The Great Wall of Mars (2000)

Arthur C. Clarke Award Best Book nominee (2001) : Revelation Space: Inhibitor Trilogy Book 1
British Science Fiction Association Best Novel winner (2001) : Chasm City
British Science Fiction Association Best Novel nominee (2003) : Absolution Gap: Inhibitor Trilogy Book 3
Arthur C. Clarke Award Best Book nominee (2006) : Pushing Ice
British Science Fiction Association Best Novel nominee (2007) : Aurora Rising
Arthur C. Clarke Award Best Book nominee (2009) : House of Suns
John W Campbell Memorial Award Best Novel nominee (2013) : Blue Remembered Earth
John W Campbell Memorial Award Best Novel nominee (2014) : On the Steel Breeze
John W Campbell Memorial Award Best Novel nominee (2017) : The Medusa Chronicles
Philip K Dick Award Best Book nominee (2017) : Revenger

Alastair Reynolds recommends
Perdido Street Station (2000)
(New Crobuzon, book 1)
China Miéville
"...something very special indeed. At 700 pages it's not to be taken lightly, but I defy anyone to stop once they've allowed themselves to be drawn into the amazing, intricate and grotesque world he has created."
The Well of Stars (2004)
(Great Ship, book 2)
Robert Reed
"Wonderful far-future SF of the best kind: Imaginative, epic, mind-blowing."
Gardens of the Sun (2009)
(Quiet War, book 2)
Paul McAuley
"A writer of dazzling range, luminous intelligence and great humanity."
Ninefox Gambit (2016)
(Machineries Of Empire trilogy, book 1)
Yoon Ha Lee
"Ninefox Gambit is an effortlessly accomplished SF novel. Yoon Ha lee has arrived in spectacular fashion."
Daughter of Eden (2016)
(Dark Eden , book 3)
Chris Beckett
"A rising star of British SF_Beckett should be on the radar of anyone who professes concern for science fiction as a literary form."
Salvation (2018)
(Salvation Sequence, book 1)
Peter F Hamilton
"Hamilton knows how to build a world, and he’s one of the best in the field at imagining complex societies. Just as important, though, he knows how to populate his future environments with real-seeming people whose lives extend beyond the page. Salvation is a twisty and hugely satisfying SF thriller that opens a portal on a new and exciting series."
Nophek Gloss (2020)
(Graven, book 1)
Essa Hansen
"Nophek Gloss is a sucker-punch to the senses, a delicious and delirious head-trip into an intricate, vivid and psychedelic cosmos of nested universes, exotic tech and gorgeously strange characters. Best of all, though, it's wrapped around a killer story with real heart and soul."
Artifact Space (2021)
Miles Cameron
"Take an extremely likeable hero, throw in a clever and engaging re-mapping of real-world naval aviation procedures onto a detailed futuristic canvas, then wrap the whole thing up in a satisfyingly mysterious universe with some intriguing aliens, and you have a winner!"

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