Beyond the Aquila Rift: The Best of Alastair Reynolds

Beyond the Aquila Rift: The Best of Alastair Reynolds ➤ Beyond the Aquila Rift: The Best of Alastair Reynolds Ebook ➪ Author Alastair Reynolds – This is the audiobook of the short story Beyond the Auila Rift only For the anthology of the same name see Beyond the Auila RiftBeyond the Auila Rift it's shorthand for the trip no one ever hopes to m This is Aquila Rift: PDF ´ the audiobook of the short story Beyond the Auila Rift only For the anthology of the same name see Beyond the Auila RiftBeyond the Auila Rift it's shorthand for the trip no one ever Beyond the PDF/EPUB or hopes to make by accident The one that will screw up the rest of your life the one that creates the ghosts you see haunting the shadows of company bars across the whole Bubble Men and women the Aquila Rift: PDF/EPUB Ä ripped out of time cut adrift from families and lovers by an accident of an alien technology we use but rarely comprehend.

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  1. Althea Ann Althea Ann says:

    Great Wall of MarsA really complex scenario for a short story but it works with a good core narrative and glimpses of a coherent larger universe and history outside it A small group of implant enhanced humans is holed up in a Martian colony under threat from a vastly larger force who view their actions attempts to 'escape' as military provocations Two brothers are part of that larger force One motivated by revenge wants war The other a former POW insists on going down for peace negotiations An interesting entry into the transhumanist genre and a nice introduction to this universeWeatherDue to this book's formatting I wasn't immediately certain I had started a new story 'Weather' is in the same universe as 'Great Wall of Mars' but set a few generations laterOut in deep space a stroke of luck allows a crew to repel a pirate attack From their attacker's drifting hulk the victors reluctantly rescue a young woman who's a 'Conjoiner' a member of a borg like 'post human' collective who are both feared and hated even as they make the best starship engines to be found anywhereOne crewman becomes her advocate trying to protect her from his captain's seemingly irrational animosity toward the refugeeBeyond the Auila RiftThere's a reason this is the title story Great sci fiThom is the captain of a small ship doing a routine cargo run along with his two crewmates Although the run and indeed all of human civilisation depends on the wormhole like routes between stars that are assumed to be the remnants of some long lost alien civilisation the use of these routes has become pretty much taken for granted Sure there are occasional glitches but interstellar travel is now as safe and reliable as airline travel is today The worst that usually happens when a glitch occurs is a minor delay The crew might be disappointed to make it home late to their families and pissed off to not receive their bonus payAnd within these pages unfortunately for Thom is a situation where a glitch occursThe story does a great job of setting up a completely plausible scenario and then just wrenching the reader's perspective dizzyingly Loved it Minla's FlowersA solo captain on a mission unexpectedly falls out of warp drive near an unknown system In search of repairs he finds a planet which has been out of touch with the rest of human civilization for millennia His visit seems almost like a pastoral idyll a time out from the larger universe of vicious war with nasty aliens until he discovers that this planet is running on borrowed time a 'natural' disaster looms in the near futureWhat he chooses to do next will affect the fate of the entire planet A sadly believable but ultimately satisfying taleZima BlueFamous galaxy wide an artist is known for his use of one particular shade of blue Now he's announced that he'll be retiring but he has one last work to unveil Journalists and media have flocked to the location but he's denied interviews to everyone except one But when she meets the artist it seems that rather than his work he wants to talk to her about the gadget she uses to record her memoriesWhere the story goes from there is profoundly disuieting and very interesting FuryWorks nicely as a thematic companion to the previous story 'Zima Blue'For millennia the Emperor of the known universe has ruled justly and wisely His intellect cannot be confined to one mere human body so when one of his host of cloned bodies is assassinated it's no big deal seemingly But his faithful retainer who's been at the Emperor's side for longer than even he can remember is compelled to find out who was behind the act of violence and what the motivations could have been What he finds is not what he expectedThe ending is strangeThe Star Surgeon's ApprenticeFleeing a bad situation on a rough and tumble spaceport a young man takes the first and only option available to him a job as a doctor's assistant on a ship he knows nothing about except that it's leaving immediately The surgeon well let's just say he's no Dr McCoy and soon enough our 'hero' realizes that he may have jumped out of a frying fan into a fire Classic sci fi and excellently doneThe Sledge Maker's DaughterAlthough the sci fi elements emerge from this story it starts out with almost a traditional fantasy feel as a poor village girl tries to avoid abuse from her father's boss' son as she runs an errand to the home of the old woman who's known and feared locally as a witch At the witch's house the girl will receive a way to defend herself and secrets will be revealed about not only her people's history but what they may face in the futureDiamond DogsEXTREMELY similar premise to Algis Budrys' 'Rogue Moon'As in that story a mysterious extraterrestrial structure is discovered which seems to be designed to challenge all those who enter it and failures are destroyed As in the other story exceptional contenders are recruited and 'duplicate' bodies are considered as a possible method of solving the puzzleThe main differences are that this story is not at all sexist unlike Budrys' and that this piece focuses on telling a good story rather than spouting off on random theories about 'manliness' Although this one does indeed have something to say about what constitutes hu manlinessI have read that this is part of Reynolds' 'Revelation Space' writings and it is clearly presented as a single incident in the life of a character who undoubtedly appears in other booksThousandth NightIn an extreme far future humanity has spread throughout the galaxy splitting and dividing into different cultures and civilisations adapting itself to wildly multifarious forms of existence One strand of humanity originated with one individual in the distant past Cloning herself she then sent her clones out to range the stars exploring and pursuing their separate interests But at set times they all return to share their experiences and memories It's become an ancient tradition But at this one reunion two of these posthuman individuals who are especially close to one another begin to suspect that someone is breaking the rules and that something is being hidden from them Investigating the omissions and disparities will uncover something bigger than they could have guessedA nice example of an accessibly sized story set against an epic backdrop TroikaOnce a cosmonaut now an inmate at a mental hospital our protagonist escapes his confinement for a final mission to find an aging discredited astronomer and deliver something to herHis reasons are gradually explained in flashbacks to his notorious mission a brave expedition to investigate what might be an alien construct which has suddenly appeared in orbit around our sun Its strange layered structure lends it the nomenclature Matryoshka Three Russian cosmonauts hope to penetrate its layers and discover invaluable data but what they discover will not bring them the fame and glory they hoped for Unusually for this collection the setting here is extremely near future and the plot is anchored firmly in the current concerns of our world Honestly I felt that the tone of the story verged on negative propaganda not that I'm any huge fan of Russia but However it was written well enough for me to forgive its slantSleepoverMy favorite one in this collection so far 'Sleepover' takes a familiar sci fi theme and does something totally unexpected with it Our protagonist formerly the billionaire CEO of a technology company awakes from medical cryosleep expecting what he had asked for when he paid handsomely for the procedure that he's hibernated until the secret of immortality or at least life extension has been discovered But the dingy room and disrespectful attendants don't seem like part of the bright shiny and wealthy future he expected He's been revived for a reason and he realizes as he discovers the gritty decaying off shore oil rig he's on in rough Patagonian waters it's not a glamorous reason But it could be meaningfulVaingloryAn artist is unexpectedly approached by a private investigator bringing up an incident which she had thought long past and forgotten and really unimportant to anyone except herself as a bit of a romantic embarrassment But there were unforeseen conseuences to that commission she did for a wealthy and untrustworthy playboy And now the investigator has a threat to make or is it an offer?Trauma PodMilitary Sci fi horror And it really is uite horrifying Seriously injured on a devastated battlefield where the main combatants are massive robots a soldier has been bundled into a medical pod for emergency treatment Advanced telemedicine lets him know that while the damage is severe help is on the way But is the doctor keeping vital information from him?I guarantee you're going to come away from this one with an unpleasant feeling about technologyThe Last Log of the LachrymosaAnother really uite horrific sci fi story The narrative intercuts between a scene which seems to be a crewmember doing something uite awful and definitely mutinous to her former captain and a past narrative in which we gradually find out why Apparently the small crew two hired spacers the captain and his rather horrible pet monkey are treasure hunters so when they find an old wreck in a remote corner of space they investigate in hopes of finding a big score But the body of the downed spacer is mysteriously missing and the nearby volcano seems to be emanating bad vibes What they find is definitely not going to make their fortunes The Water ThiefWow Great story The themes and treatment remind me of Paolo Bacigalupi A woman in a refugee camp scrapes by earning a living for her daughter and herself by working freelance jobs where she operates robots through VR A situation in her camp where an individual is 'apprehended' for stealing water rations is neatly paralleled by a dilemma she must face on one of her jobs when for the first time she experiences through VR the lunar colony she's dreamed of as a symbol of success and escapeA difficult and thought provoking example of the intersection of and conflicts between compassion justice and ethicsThe Old Man and the Martian SeaEven on Mars teenagers go through the same angst for the same reasons Family conflict spurs one young teen Yukimi to run away from her home in a colony on the half terraformed planet by stowing away on an unmanned cargo transport which turns out to be a supremely bad idea Luckily she encounters a solitary elderly worker at a remote delivery drop off point The encounter could shift the girl's perspective on several things she had taken for granted Poignant and thoughtful In BabelsbergEh this one was good but probably my least favorite in the collection I wouldn't have chosen it as the finale to the anthology The narrative balances absurdity with sci fi's traditional distrust of robots Our main character is an AI in an android body back from an exploration mission of the outer solar system He's got celebrity status and is booked to appear on a series of ridiculous popular talk shows There's a newer euivalent AI space probe who's recently been introduced and the media is eager to play up an imagined rivalry or is it imagined?I really can't explain why but this collection was my first introduction to Alastair Reynolds' work I'm impressed this is good stuff Many thanks to Subterranean and NetGalley for encouraging me to discover an author I really ought to have been reading long before this As always my opinions are solely my own

  2. Manuel Antão Manuel Antão says:

    If you're into stuff like this you can read the full reviewMindfuck Literature “Beyond the Auila Rift – The Best of Alastair Reynolds” by Alastair Reynolds ’Tell me Thorn Are we out beyond the Rift? I can hear the fear I understand what she's going through It's the nightmare that all ship crews live with on every trip That something will go wrong with the routing something so severe that they 'II end up on the very edge of the network That they'll end up so far from home that getting back will take years not months And that of course years will have already passed even before they begin the return trip That loved ones will be years older when they reach home If they're still thereIf they still remember you or want to remember If they 're still recognizable or alive” In Beyond the Auila Rift short story “Beyond the Auila Rift – The Best of Alastair Reynold” I've finally finished this 768 page mammoth tome Is it everything Reynolds has ever written in short form? Not by a long shot It contains only eighteen stories of a total of sixty something that Reynolds has written so far But this sample of 18 stories confirms it I read some of these stories previously in “Galactic North” It's in the short form that Reynolds is at his best I’ve read a ton of Reynolds in short form Almost everything I’ve read I’ve liked Collections like this both excite and bother me I’m a huge fan of the short mode of writing and an eually big proponent of the less is idea when it comes to the size of books Massive magna opera simply turn me off Even when I end up loving them like I did with this one What I don’t like is carrying some cumbersome volume around and my preferred method remains print over digital For this one I had to go for the electronic version No way around it If I’d had read the print version I’d never have finished it The big hefty tomes I end up reading them on my Kindle Not my favourite venue but I really wanted to read it The rest of this review can be found elsewhere

  3. WarpDrive WarpDrive says:

    Representing another excellent work by this very gifted author this book contains a brilliant collection of short stories all of them highlighting Reynold's great imaginative powers and his first class world building narrative capabilitiesI loved almost every story of the collection and some of them like Diamond Dogs a much intriguing complex and riveting version of the famous sci fi horror The Cube will stay with me for a long time Alastair Reynold is rapidly becoming my most favourite science fiction author and I have come to regard him as a brilliant mixture of Asimov and Ray Bradbury my two favourites authorsAbsolutely terrific visionary imaginative well written and epic in its scope and breadth 5 stars

  4. Bradley Bradley says:

    I remember Galactic North fondly but I must be honest here This collection while it picks up two stories from the previous collection namely Great Wall of Mars and Weather everything else is new to me Alastair Reynolds is easily one of the best SF authors writing today He's not sneaky about it either This isn't any kind of artsy fartsy writing This is Space Opera filled with so much imagination and planning and detail and truly wide vistas of thought time and space that I'm surprised I don't hear fanboys and fangirls screaming his name from the rooftopsWell maybe they do I've usually got my earbuds in my ears so I find it hard to hear them Let me tell you These stories of his are SO COOL I mean like glittering jewels of complete mind blowing and written with real talent and clear vision dense and perfect world building and a plethora of seriously interesting charactersI'll try not to spoil anything and I'll skip a few directed reviews for some of the stories but there were a few that you should really pay close attention to And I doubt you'll have any problems doing so because they're also fun as hell Most of them are placed outside of his Revelation Space universe but there are a handful that is firmly ensconced Diamond Dogs is a who's who of places and peoples and a really sharp cut But mostly I'll focus on the pure creationsThe story that bears the name of the novel Beyond the Auila Rift It's a mindfu Clever and interesting space mechanics and a really cool surprise No spoilers Minla's Flowers was an awesome tellingretelling of Merlin and a bootstrap raising of a civilization Also with a twistZima Blue is was probably my favorite story out of the entire collection And yes it had a twistFury could have been the start of one of my most loved novels ever but no it was just a novella and very much a homage to Asimov The Star Surgeon's Apprentice was scary and delightful at the same time and dare I say horrific? Oh yes A dear storySkipping a few stories I get to Troika and don't miss out with a little listening time to the original music as you read this beauty There's a bit of reality modification but mostly it's very Russian Sleepover really grew on me by the end until I was completely giddy with the implications and the imageryTrauma Pod was an absolutely delicious body mod Punk AI horrorshow and I just had to laughLas Log of the Lachrimosa will be fun along with Diamond Dogs for those of you still devoted to the Revelation Space books I know I enjoyed themThe Old Man and the Martian Sea was a fine capstone to the stories and I think it might have been better moved below Babelsberg but I still liked them both In some ways this short story collection is better than at least 3 or 4 of his full length novels That's pretty impressive since he writes truly mean novels Thanks goes to Netgalley for this wonderful opportunity to read one of the greats of SF

  5. Claudia Claudia says:

    Let the feast begin ;And what a feast this was I relished every word great collection of storiesAlthough half of them weren’t new to me they are even better at a second reading for you find new nuances in the words AR masterfully lays As for the new ones some are real gems some good none that I can say I didn't likeGreat Wall of Mars and Weather – 2nd reading and for sure not the last Read first in Galactic North my thoughts on them here 55Beyond the Auila Rift Minla’s Flowers Zima Blue – read them already in Zima Blue and Other Stories collection Minla’s Flowers is the 2nd in a 3 mini series featuring Merlin but has a standalone plot Beyond the Auila Rift I could read over and over and over again and I will never get enough of it; it remains my favorite of all timesDetails on all here 55Fury new could a lifetime of goods deeds erase one evil done a long time ago? Is it excusable if that evil deed was the foundation on which it was built all the good afterwards? To summarize does the end justify the means? You’ll have to decide that 45The Star Surgeon’s Apprentice new in his try to escape from some pursuers young Peter Vandry accepts a job on a cyborg’ ship which turns out to be not what he imagined More on the horror side uite gruesome but gripping nonetheless; Rev Space style I would have liked the ending not to be so precipitate 45The Sledge Maker’s Daughter new in a post glacier era a 16 years old girl receives the inheritance of her ancestors and also learns to stand up for herself 35Diamond Dogs – also read previously as part of Revelation Space universe as one of the two stories originally published in this collection 55Thousandth Night – previously read as a standalone sort of a preuel to House of Suns 45Troika – also read as a standalone my first encounter with Al Reynolds works and the one which made me read further of him 55Sleepover new a story about accepting your faith; Matrix’ style ; 45Vainglory new interesting allegory for vanity 35Trauma Pod new Rev Space style loved it to pieces 55The Last Log of the Lachrimosa – found and read on Subterranean Press Magazine part of Rev Space universe My thoughts on it and link here 55The Water Thief new part of Poseidon’s Children universe featuring Soya Akinya Eunice’s mother Same claustrophobic setup as in Blue Remembered Earth but so well outlined 45The Old Man and the Martian Sea new touching story about a thirteen little girl who ran away from home and is saved by an old man 55In Babelsberg new uite satirical this one and came as a surprise to found here a character from At Budokan 35Story Notes – some thoughts and explanations from AR on how his stories came to lifeShould I say once again that I highly recommend Alastair Reynolds? Nope but I will say it nonetheless

  6. David Sven David Sven says:

    It was only 5 bucks on Audible which is probably too dear for an hour and a uarter worth of storybut it's Reynolds nuff saidThis book was basically an hour of Reynolds messing with my head I would say the twist at the end was a real spin out except the whole book just starts twisting early and doesn't stop till the finish It's what a short story should be and it left the ending open for interpretation Would make for some great discussion of what people thought was going onThemes include Reynolds staples like left over alien technology and cryosleep and humans spread over the galaxy He also adds FTL travel which he doesn't usually get into and that's about as far as I can go without spoiling itA short fun read that was arguably expensive than the length of the book warranted4 stars

  7. Xavi Xavi says:

    4'55An essential anthology of the best short fiction of one of the best space opera writers English review ña en español

  8. Carbonbased Bookworm Carbonbased Bookworm says:

    big uestions and existential dread creeping through the elegantly described universes 3

  9. Robert Robert says:

    I bought this because I knew it contained at least one novella I hadn't read that wasn't easily obtainable elsewhere I now wish I had waited for the UK edition which has a much better cover I also wish that the editors had done a better job by which I mean who ever was responsible for ensuring a high uality accurate text This edition contains a large number of mistakes involving wrong word order missing words or incorrect homophones I don't know if the UK edition is any better in this respectThere's some great stuff in this collection but as with any other short story collection there's some variation in uality On this front what concerned me was a trend towards poorer efforts as the book goes on Since they are in publication order does this mean Reynolds is getting worse?That said this is still a great introduction to Reynolds for those unfamiliar with him and is worth the price for Diamond Dogs alone

  10. Peter Tillman Peter Tillman says:

    I’ve had mixed success reading Reynolds At his best he’s great For me mostly at shorter lengths Most of my favorites are collected here Reynolds a former professional astrophysicist specializes in hard science fiction Note that this is a massive collection I’d read about half of the stories before and most of those stood up well to rereading Recommended especially for Reynolds fans My overall rating 35 stars rounded up Highlights • Thousandth Night 2005This long novella is my favorite of his shorter works In the very far future humans have near godlike powers but some things never change The technology on display is breath taking An easy 5 stars on my second read • Beyond the Auila Rift 2005 novelette On a long starship journey gone wrong the story features view spoiler a series of increasingly grim reveals with an ending that is bleak indeed hide spoiler

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