Alastair Reynolds is one of Gollancz's superstars Reynolds is one of the rare authors whose short stories sell just as well; his previous collection GALACTIC NORTH and his twin-novellas DIAMOND DOGS, TURQUOISE DAYS have been as successful as his novels. There is a 'Reynolds Cult' at NASA - British-born astronaut Piers Sellers was turned onto Reynolds' books by other NASA astronauts (and how cool is that?!) 'Inventive, thought-provoking stuff with some ingenious ideas' BBC 'Reynolds does short stories with particular flair, and this collection contains some spectacular sf storytelling' BOOKLIST (starred review)
Alastair Reynolds was born in Barry, South Wales, in 1966. He studied at Newcastle and St Andrews Universities and has a Ph.D. in astronomy. Since 1991 he has lived in the Netherlands, near Leiden. He gave up working as an astrophysicist for the European Space Agency to become a full-time writer. Revelation Space and Pushing Ice were shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award; Revelation Space, Absolution Gap and Century Rain were shortlisted for the British Science Fiction Award, and Chasm City won the BSFA, and Diamond Dogs was shortlisted for the British Fantasy Award.
This solid collection of 10 stories spanning the galaxies and the career of British SF author Reynolds (Pushing Ice) demonstrates that his pursuit of truth is not limited to wide-angle star smashing. Not that stars don't get pulverized when one character is gifted (or cursed) with an awful weapon by the legendary Merlin, who finds it after a 10,000-year search in "Merlin's Gun." Mainly, though, Reynolds's protagonists find themselves in situations of betrayal, whether by a loved one's accidental death, as in "Signal to Noise," or by a trusted wartime authority, as in "Spirey and the Queen." Reynolds may not always convince that intelligence leads to moral behavior, but his fertile imagination can resurrect Elton John on Mars in "Understanding Space and Time" or make prophets of the human condition out of pool-cleaning robots in the title story. (Dec.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
HOUSE OF SUNS works brilliantly as a fantastic tour of a distant future and as a remarkable expression of the author's imagination. The author does carry off a story conceived on a scale rarely seen in science fiction. - The Weekend Australian.