Creator: Alastair Reynolds
is a Welsh former physicist and astronomer and an author of a number of sci-fi novels. Considering his scientific background, these works have the tendency to be about as far up Mohs Scale of Sci-Fi Hardness
as it's possible to get while still remaining recognizably Space Opera
. Of particular note is the almost total lack of Faster-Than-Light Travel
in most of his books, despite their interstellar settings, and the extreme cultural and technological divergences shown.
His works include:
- The Revelation Space series: A hard sci-fi Space Opera with elements of Cosmic Horror where 26th century mankind tries to discover why all the other intelligent species they find evidence of seem to have gone mysteriously extinct.
- Pushing Ice: When Janus (the moon of Saturn) suddenly starts accelerating out of the solar system, an ice-mining ship that happens to be nearby is tasked with investigating, only to find itself pulled along for the journey.
- Century Rain: Set many years after a nanotech disaster has ruined Earth, an archaeologist discovers a time portal to an Alternate History 1950's Paris.
- House of Suns: A Space Opera set in the year 6.2x10^6 AD where a dynasty of clones struggle to find out who is trying to eradicate them.
- Terminal World: Taking place thousands of years into a bleak future, the novel concerns the last remaining city of mankind, the strange reality warps around it that limit the level of technology people can build, and a doctor's exile from that city into the wastelands beyond.
- Zima Blue and Other Stories: A collection of short stories.
- Deep Navigation: A collection of short stories.
- Blue Remembered Earth: The first novel in the new Poseidon's Children series. Set in an advanced Africa, pair of Black Sheep siblings investigate mysterious clues left by their recently deceased grandmother, an infamous explorer and shrewd businesswoman who had built up their family into an empire.
- Harvest of Time, a Doctor Who novel, starring the Third Doctor.
- Troika: A novella about three Soviet cosmonauts on a mission to investigate an alien structure.
Tropes in Alastair Reynolds works (for Revelation Space tropes, see that series' page):