After several months of fantasy novels, we're going back into space in August... and how! Few contemporary authors writing today can match Alastair Reynolds when it comes to writing massive, widescreen, epic space operas. His five-book Revelation Space series has won him more than a few awards in his native U.K. (where he is the only sci-fi author ever to have signed a book deal worth £1 million), and though he's not quite as popular in the U.S., he's made a name for himself with his series as well as standalones like this month's pick, House of Suns.
Here is the blurb: "Six million years ago, at the dawn of the star-faring era, Abigail Gentian fractured herself into a thousand male and female clones, which she called shatterlings. But now, someone is eliminating the Gentian line. Campion and Purslane—two shatterlings who have fallen in love and shared forbidden experiences—must determine exactly who, or what, their enemy is, before they are wiped out of existence."
The Big Idea here is "deep time." The novel not only takes place in the far reaches of space, but across and incomprehensible span of years. Because if nothing else, the author likes to think big.
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