Explore the _House of Suns_ in August

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.

Our meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. on August 16, location TBA. As a reminder, you will be asked to pay your $1 meeting fee when you RSVP.

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  • Annette

    Steve C, Julie,
    I read that 500 pages too fast in two days... Abraham was the boy... yes I verified from an interview with the Author you guys were right! GOOD CALL!

    August 16, 2012

    • Julie

      In every interview I read, he was very coy about the answer to either question.

      August 17, 2012

    • Annette

      sorry... just saw your post. I can not recollect where I saw it, I browsed quick but ... opps did not see it. I think he is coy too. He could of so easily been clearer about the boy!

      August 22, 2012

  • Julie

    Excellent company, and lively discussion!

    August 19, 2012

  • Steve C

    Great discussions with an interesting range of topics.

    August 19, 2012

  • Natasha

    "If you suppress a memory, it seems to me that two things can happen. The memory can stay repressed, absolutely closed to both conscious and unconscious recall. Or- and this is surely the more likely outcome - the memory find expression elsewhere. It will seep into other memories, distorting them, shaping them to conform to the truth of what has been suppressed." I feel that Steve found the key to the book! I guess, Abigail met with Ludmilla, and then incorporated Ludmilla's idea into Palatial as a new game, since the previous was over. Everything seem to fit, except Campion outside of Palatial in the end. Is it her split personality?

    August 19, 2012

  • Natasha

    Wow, interesting analysis. I went back and re-read from that perspective. Makes sense. But who is Campion, then? Is he a part of her imagination? In Ch. 41 he talks about Purslane while she is in coma (or back in Palatial dream). Is he a separate entity, or a Palatial character she created?

    August 19, 2012

  • Steve C

    In Part 8 Abigail talks of how she keeps slipping back into Palatial's grip and that the little boy was plug into the game permanently. Additionally, talking about how she had been pulled out, just in time. "That at least is what she always believed happened to her." She thought of the ghost soldiers dying and wondered is she had committed a crime beyond condemnation. Perhaps, the Ghost Soldiers = the First Machine and Abigail aka the Princess aka Purslane is like Dorthy in the Wizard of OZ, with Chapters 1 through 39 being nothing more than an extension of her time in Palatial? When she enters Palatial in Chapter 40, she is like Dorthy waking up in her bed, after she decided "there is no place like home".

    August 19, 2012

  • Joel

    Great discussion as always!

    August 17, 2012

  • Mary Lee

    Awesome group! The discussion was great, can't wait for the next one.

    August 17, 2012

  • Rich Rosell

    As usual - nice book discussions and other assorted topics. Plus, it's always good to see a new member....

    August 17, 2012

  • Steve C

    Who is Abraham Valmik?

    August 15, 2012

    • Annette

      SWEETIE, I love her too! NO SHIT Who IS ABRAHAM VALMIK... ? I wondered the same thing.. Is it her father maybe??

      August 16, 2012

    • Annette

      NOTE JOEL IS THE SHATTERLING ORGANIZER.. only funny if you read some of the book...!!!

      August 16, 2012

  • Annette

    http://www.chicon.org/docs/prog...­ If anyone is going to WORLDCON here is the programming just released.

    August 15, 2012

    • Joel

      i need that! people keep trying to publish me. STOP TRYING TO PUBLISH ME

      August 16, 2012

    • Annette

      Say What? OH, I will ask you later tonight...

      August 16, 2012

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