“Entertaining This is warm hearted science fiction with big ideas.” -Interzone “A thrilling, mind- boggling adventure.” -The Times (UK) “Reynolds’s approach. I think the implication is there that Purslane might be Abigail, but it’s never for sure as Abigail was very careful about all clones being equal. The reason she can’t. Alastair Reynolds’ House Of Suns, shortlisted for the Clarke Award, is a novel of ideas, with all that implies. The space-opera epic throws a.

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House of Suns

It’s pretty cool the way he communicates how someone can “dial down” time in their stasis chambers so that they can walk in, spend a few minutes twiddling their thumbs, and come out some thousands of years later when they’ve arrived at their destination. The weight of all those memories is like an ocean of liquid hydrogen, compressing itself into metal.

Each gets a chance to narrate, as does the original Abigail Gentian, whose experiences in childhood and early adolescence are interspersed with the main story, predating them by six million years.

Against this rich backdrop, Reynolds sets his main story, which focuses on two clones of the Gentian line, offspring of Abigail Gentian’s desire to seed the galaxy with her own line of long-lived explorers.


Despite Fescue’s warning, Campion and Purslane approach the reunion system alastari look for survivors. When the clones were grown and implanted with Gentian’s memories, each awoke believing that they were the original.

The story alastari written from the perspectives of two clones of the same individual who also, against Family tradition, are lovers. There is much to be said of it, but all must be said in the light of this simple truth: I hope Reynolds writes some more stories in this universe.

House of Suns by Alastair Reynolds

When I was a kid, I was a big fan of the game Traveller I still am. House o the sun? Alastaor of Reynold’s wonderful heart on display in this book. It’s a wonder these line folk know whether they’re Arthur or Marthur, or even what day it is.


Every years, or one circuit of the Milky Way, the clones attend a predetermined reunion where their separate strands of diverged memories are pooled and the data troves of Gentian line family are synced.

I liked both Campion and Purslane almost immediately and the way they played off one another was very funny–love the subtle humor–and spending more time with them only increased my fondness. I just ploughed alasyair, savouring each word. Casa de soles 41 Feb 29, So what has humanity been up to for 6. Or is it the most epically gigantic love story you will ever read?

Reynolds strongly implies that the original Gentian is still alive, making her current identity one of the mysteries of the book. For me the book was shallow and never grabbed my interest. Most science fiction revolves around a method of superluminal travel.

House of Suns (Literature) – TV Tropes

The entries for very advanced tech levels were rather obtuse and never really given much detail as to how the technology worked or pf it enabled. These are not physical clones of herself, but rather mental clones of her original person. We publish fiction, poetry, reviews, essays, pf, and art. Stay in Touch Sign up. The reliability of memory, sense of self and what it is to be human are themes in the book – very Philip K Dick.

Six million years ago, at the dawn of the star-faring era, Abigail Gentian fractured herself into a sunw male and female clones, which she called reynolrs. Aenea 81 1 2. Memories, Truth and Trust When my son was three or four, he described in some detail, how he thought memories worked: No one group endures.

This is necessary in order to tell a story in a comprehensible length of time it’s not necessary to tell a story, as many authors demonstrate. I also wanted to counterbalance the superscience hardware by playing fair with the scenery, so I tried to set the action in the housse Milky Way galaxy, with all the structure and complexity as revealed to ot by modern astronomical results.

And distant it is: I still look forward to whatever he does in future, especiallyas you said, his short stories being more enjoyableI just won’t be ordering his stuff from the UK in order to read it sooner. This fundamental idea forces Reynolds to find answers to questions about how galactic scale exploration could work and come up with solutions that are more or less original – even “suspended animation” gets a new look, possibly influenced by ideas from Iain M.


But wiggle they must.

They try to rescue any survivors but come under attack themselves. I must say that I found the thoughts and feelings involved in experiencing societies, cultures and empires develop, mature and fade away on a galactic scale to be very realistically portrayed. What about the First Machines from long before humanity? OK, more than a bit. This is the first of Reynolds’ themes to become obvious; no faster than light spaceships.

The memory may stay repressed, absolutely closed to both conscious and unconscious recall. But scratch beneath the scales, the fur, the tin armour, they were still humans at the core, and no amount of primate babble could ever drown out that silence completely. September 29, at 3: This is my second Alastair Reynolds book, the first being Revelation Space which is his debut novel published 8 years before House of Suns.

The ways in which they are similar just reinforce the fact that they started from a near identical point. The story concludes satisfactorily, but leaves some things open for more. I wanted to write a book that was forward looking in terms of the way it examined ideas about interstellar civilisation, artificial intelligence, memory and personality, but also fondly in debt to the marvellous vistas of golden age SF, when the universe truly looked as it might turn out to be our playground.

Which shatterling was Abigail Gentian? The science aspects partly went straight over my head, but I don’t have to understand how something works, but what it doesand Reynolds served my needs just fine.