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09:21 pm: Revelation Space by Alastair Reynolds
I kept wanting to call this Revolution Space, but there really is a Revelation Space in it. The bookgroup is reading one of Al's books in January and I thought I'd read the others first. This is one of his three that he recommends reading in order (next, Redemption Ark and Absolute Gap, plus two more in the universe: Chasm City and The Prefect).

We start out in a far future where not only are there aliens, there's several varieties of humans. We have versions of FTL and coldsleep, plus some interesting physics. The three protagonists are Dan Sylveste -- the son of a well-known family who has spent a lot of his life exploring other cultures, Volyova -- one of the leaders of an FTL ship, and Khouri -- an assassin who is hired by a mysterious person to travel on Volyova's ship to kill Sylveste. Things never turn out that easy, of course, and Al gives us ongoing clues to what's happening.

This is a real space opera thriller and I highly recommend it.

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From:mjlayman
Date:November 19th, 2009 07:16 pm (UTC)
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I know, they csll them "lighthuggers" so they're close to light. It was just easier to say FTL. I didn't know it would make that much difference, though. I'll have to see it show up.
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From:mjlayman
Date:November 25th, 2009 11:14 pm (UTC)
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I've found "causality violations" and a wolf saying that only a few organic beings have lived through faster-than-light, so it's probably possible-but-unlikely for humans, and possible for machines.
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