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Galactic North I just finished Galactic North the other day, and am now looking forward to reading The Prefect It s nice to be once again reminded why I enjoyed reading his Revelation Space series A few of the stories in here I d read before was The Great Wall of Mars in Interzone but I still enjoyed them second time around The story Galactic North seemed a bit disjointed, but I still enjoyed the big space and huge breadths of time All of it huge Gothic spaceships, weapons like dangerous beasts lurchin I just finished Galactic North the other day, and am now looking forward to reading The Prefect It s nice to be once again reminded why I enjoyed reading his Revelation Space series A few of the stories in here I d read before was The Great Wall of Mars in Interzone but I still enjoyed them second time around The story Galactic North seemed a bit disjointed, but I still enjoyed the big space and huge breadths of time All of it huge Gothic spaceships, weapons like dangerous beasts lurching in cathedral caches, borge like ultras, nano plagues andstuff with Conjoiners in it, please, Alastair Galactic North by Alastair Reynolds is a selection of 8 short stories set in Reynolds Revelation Space universe All of the stories are good. With Eight Short Stories And Novellas Including Three Original To This Collection Galactic North Imparts The Centuries Spanning Events That Have Produced The Dark And Turbulent World Of Revelation Space Great addition to Revelation Space universe Even if not all stories are related to the trilogy, they are set in the same universe and bring in some new details related to some of the events and concepts used in the seriesGreat Wall of Marsthe story of Clavain from way back when he became a Conjoiner, set in the events on Mars and also his first encounter with Felka A beautiful story about honour and betrayal 5 5Glacialgripping tale about Clavain s mission on Diadem, an Eart Great addition to Revelation Space universe Even if not all stories are related to the trilogy, they are set in the same universe and bring in some new details related to some of the events and concepts used in the seriesGreat Wall of Marsthe story of Clavain from way back when he became a Conjoiner, set in the events on Mars and also his first encounter with Felka A beautiful story about honour and betrayal 5 5Glacialgripping tale about Clavain s mission on Diadem, an Earth like planet, to investigate the death of the researchers established there Reynolds definitely has the talent to write also policier like stories 5 5A Spy in Europaa mission to pull out something from Europa has an unforseen turn It s a thriller with horror accents, featuring the Denizens an engineered sentient species, created by the Demarchists 5 5Weatherreveals a major secret regarding how a lighthugger drive is functioning Mind blowing Also, made me wonder what is it about the name Inigo, for both Reynolds and Hamilton to have a character named the same 5 5Dilation Sleepgives usdetails about the Melding Plague and reefersleep 4 5Grafenwalder s Bestiarya monsters collector finally gets his hands on the ultimate specimen for his collection, which gives him the surprise of his life 4 5Nightingalethe most shocking story of this collection A parable of war consequences which will give you nightmares view spoiler Picasso s Guernica brought to life hide spoiler Yes, Reynolds worlds are dark but the horror of this story totally shocked me 10 5Galactic Northbrings in some details after the end of Revelation Space trilogy Not all questions are answered but, at least, fewer remained now 3 5Beside the fact that all stories are set in the same universe, they also have somethingin common an utterly unexpected end Mr Reynolds knows damn sure how to glue the readers to his writings One recommendation read the trilogy Revelation Space, Redemption Ark and Absolution Gap before starting this collection Otherwise the stories may be perceived as too abrupt I m supremely happy to know that Reynolds as a short story writer is just as good as Reynolds as a novelist Some of the stories were unabashedly nostalgic for me, but others, such as the last one, Galactic North, really bit deep into my subconscious and wouldn t let go I wantedandof that one, but there were a few others that even verged on the mythical I m thinking of a certain medical ship, not to mention a fascination of worms.Strangely enough, I got a lot out of the afterward, I m supremely happy to know that Reynolds as a short story writer is just as good as Reynolds as a novelist Some of the stories were unabashedly nostalgic for me, but others, such as the last one, Galactic North, really bit deep into my subconscious and wouldn t let go I wantedandof that one, but there were a few others that even verged on the mythical I m thinking of a certain medical ship, not to mention a fascination of worms.Strangely enough, I got a lot out of the afterward, as well, when he explained his debts to other writers, and I think no less of him for adding such a long list I suppose I d do the same, in his shoes But then again, I see no fear that he took too much from them, or made anything else less than stellar.I m very impressed and I enjoyed every story Galactic North is a fantastic collection of short stories taking place in Alistair Reynolds Revelation Space setting I would recommend reading the main Revelation Space series prior to Galactic North Familiarity with the main characters almost seems necessary to appreciate these stories Below are my impressions of each story.Great Wall of Mars This story is also part of Beyond the Aquila Rift The best of Alistair Reynolds I read this story once prior to reading the main series, and aga Galactic North is a fantastic collection of short stories taking place in Alistair Reynolds Revelation Space setting I would recommend reading the main Revelation Space series prior to Galactic North Familiarity with the main characters almost seems necessary to appreciate these stories Below are my impressions of each story.Great Wall of Mars This story is also part of Beyond the Aquila Rift The best of Alistair Reynolds I read this story once prior to reading the main series, and again in Galactic North This is the story of how Galiana, Clavain, and Felka met Galiana doesn t have a huge role in the main series other than being frequently mentioned by other characters, so it s very nice to see what happened on Mars Originally when I read Great Wall of Mars, I had no idea of Sandra Voi s significance, not having read the main series yet I wish there werestories in addition to Glacial connecting the end of Great Wall of Mars with the beginning of Revelation Space for Galiana, Clavain, and Felka Galiana s meeting with The Wolves Inhibitors seems like it would make a great story Glacial This is a story about the Conjoiners who escaped Phobos on the first Conjoiner interstellar ship named Sandra Voi after the founder of The Demarchy as they are presumably searching for a new home There are some very sad scenes in this story where we see Galiana, Clavain, and Felka together as a family, knowing how it all ends This story is very evocative of John Carpenter s The Thing a super horror story on par with Diamond Dogs Glacial was my favorite story of the book, and if Alistair Reynolds doesn t writestories about Galiana, Clavain, and Felka during this time period, I may try to write some fan fiction A Spy in Europa In this story, we see some of the Demarchy s early days on Jupiter s moons A very fun, and well written spy story taking place on Europa s hanging city of Cadmus Asterius This story also gives usdetails about the fate of the hanging cities, which have been mentioned in other books.Weather A sad story of love, and sacrifice Well written, and I would have loved to see a follow up to this one as well Very bittersweet.Dilation Sleep A wonderfully creepy story about some Chasm City escapees who are woken up midway to the Sol system I won t spoil it, but the reveal is just great Grafenwalder s Bestiary A post melding plague story about Joe Exotic type alien and animal collectors in the Rust Band We get a memorable Dr Trintignant appearance here I would recommend reading the short story Diamond Dogs to fully appreciate this one No, I do not watch Joe Exotic.Nightengale One of the best horror stories I ve read So creepy and well written A masterpiece Galactic North A nice story of revenge involving Remontoire, Run Seven, The Slugs and Nest Builders, and some history on how the Greenflys became sentient, which is directly tied to the events in Absolution Gap In Redemption Ark, Remontoire was said to be tortured by the Hyperpig pirate Run Seven Weather makes it impossible for this to have happened, but it s still a good story Galactic North is essential reading if you enjoy the Revelation Space setting I can t get enough of the Revelation Space universe I just can t This future history feels almost as real and detailed and nuanced to me at this point as real history does I ve already read most of the novels in this series, and with some trepidation moved on to this collection of short stories So many authors who excel in longer forms do poorly with short stories, and vice versa I needn t have worried Reynolds is, if anything, evenskilled at the short story format perhaps because i I can t get enough of the Revelation Space universe I just can t This future history feels almost as real and detailed and nuanced to me at this point as real history does I ve already read most of the novels in this series, and with some trepidation moved on to this collection of short stories So many authors who excel in longer forms do poorly with short stories, and vice versa I needn t have worried Reynolds is, if anything, evenskilled at the short story format perhaps because it forces him to rein in his tendency towards wordiness that affects some of the novels I m not sure how well this collection would work for someone new to this universe Possibly it would be fine But some of the delight for me was in seeing stories filled in for what had been only bits and pieces of incidental plots or characters in the other books This is now my second favorite book in the series, following only Chasm City for sheer enjoyment Highly recommended A good mixed bag, but the 1999 story Galactic North is fascinating as it is the map of most of the stories from Revelation Space Weather is the best of the bunch.Great Wall of Mars 2000 4.5 starGreat stuff Fast pacing, good characters, short but wonderful early days of Revelation SpaceGlacial 2001 4.5 starWonderful continuation of Clavain and Galiana, this time on an ice world, with a murder mystery Truly great stuff.A Spy in Europa 1997 3.5 starA short but interesting spy story, A good mixed bag, but the 1999 story Galactic North is fascinating as it is the map of most of the stories from Revelation Space Weather is the best of the bunch.Great Wall of Mars 2000 4.5 starGreat stuff Fast pacing, good characters, short but wonderful early days of Revelation SpaceGlacial 2001 4.5 starWonderful continuation of Clavain and Galiana, this time on an ice world, with a murder mystery Truly great stuff.A Spy in Europa 1997 3.5 starA short but interesting spy story, with a nice twist at the end.Weather 2006 5 starWonderful, poignant, and a terrific insight into Conjoiner minds and engines All superbly written Dilation Sleep 1990 3.5 starSingle concept story Not bad, but not surprising First story of the Melding PlagueGrafenwalder s Bestiary 2006 3.5 star Some nice twists, good pacing, not too much dialogue diarrhoea.Nightingale 2006 1 starBlah blah infinite dialogue, repeated A very short story made horrifically long and dull Pages and pages of idiots arguing over which way to go in a hedge maze , etc Worst ever piece of work by Reynolds.Galactic North 1999 4 starI grand, sweeping vision of the entire Revelation Space series It s very episodic, but nicely realised in the subsequent books and stories Still, nothing here compares to Reynold s finest work Turquoise Days 2002 NOTE Please, please also read Turquoise Days, a novella, and short stories Enloa, Weather, and Zima Blue Surely his finest works, along with House of Suns If you re into stuff like this, you can read the full review.SF will not become SciFi Galactic North by Alastair Reynolds Is SF becoming SciFi I hope not Dumbing down is the order of the day Our marketing and publishing departments no longer want to see SF in SciFi, maybe because it couldn t be labeled, but I think, like many others, because so long as they called it SciFi they had to give scifi Now that they re calling it SyFy , they can put on anything The name isn t a promise, it s If you re into stuff like this, you can read the full review.SF will not become SciFi Galactic North by Alastair Reynolds Is SF becoming SciFi I hope not Dumbing down is the order of the day Our marketing and publishing departments no longer want to see SF in SciFi, maybe because it couldn t be labeled, but I think, like many others, because so long as they called it SciFi they had to give scifi Now that they re calling it SyFy , they can put on anything The name isn t a promise, it s just a TV brand Gynmastic shows, Wrestling, Ghost hunting, etc., with some science twists, like making ice cream with liquid nitrogen make it possible to brand something trivial as SyFy.You can read the rest of this review elsewhere.NB SF Speculative Fiction While I m still working through the audio of Redemption Ark I thought I might check out some of the Rev Space short stories he published earlier in this collection I m glad I decided to read these in publication order because there is some crossover between the stories as well as the the two shorts in Diamond Dogs Turquoise Days I was able to appreciate cameo appearances from characters who were written earlier which would otherwise just appeared random I think this is an excellent collection While I m still working through the audio of Redemption Ark I thought I might check out some of the Rev Space short stories he published earlier in this collection I m glad I decided to read these in publication order because there is some crossover between the stories as well as the the two shorts in Diamond Dogs Turquoise Days I was able to appreciate cameo appearances from characters who were written earlier which would otherwise just appeared random I think this is an excellent collection for fans of the Revelation Space series Some of the shorts serve as origin stories for characters in the main series Others just concentrate on one concept from the series and add a bit of extra detail.Reynolds demonstrates he can write in the short story format, never trying to do too much and always adding his signature twist which usually involves his characters revealing that they are someone totally different to who you thought they were He does it a lot but he still gets me every time.A must read for fans and it s 4 stars overallDilation SleepOff to a good start This isn t the first book in the collection but I m going in publication order The story is set on a star ship carrying 900 refugees escaping the melding plague on Yellowstone Travelling at near light speed, passengers and crew are all placed in reefer sleep until the ship s surgeon is woken by the computerized sub persona to handle an emergency What s weirder than being the only person out of 900 awake When you re alone with something else awake with you This one has a very nice twist in the end 4 5 starsA Spy in EuropaAn assassin covert operative of the Gilgamesh Isis faction is sent deep into Demarchy territory to retrieve a package from a sleeper agent Things go according to plan The question is, what and whose plan Murder and mayhem ensue from the Hanging cities above Europa s surface to the Oceans below Europa s kilometre thick Ice 3 5 starsGalactic NorthPirates ambush an Ultra Lighthugger and steal some of its cargo of cryogenically frozen sleepers What ensues is a space chase that spans 40000 years of future history Not bad for a short story A tale of betrayal, revenge, and obsession against the backdrop of humanity s struggle for survival The story also includes Remontoire who enters the main series in Redemption Ark 3.5 5 starsThe Great Wall of MarsThis covers the backstory of Nevil Clavain s defection to the Conjoiners We are introduced to Galiana, Felka, Sandra Voi Great Grandmother to the Sandra Voi in Redemption Ark and we see Remontoire again Of course we also learn what the Great Wall of Mars is and it was generally cool to learnof the history hinted at in Redemption Ark Also cool were the robotic killer worms.And have you ever wondered how you might survive 5000 gees of deceleration Easy Just install a few machines in your head andIf you allow it, there s time for them to establish a structural web across your brain We ll flood the cabin with foam We ll all die temporarily, but there won t be any damage they can t fixSign me up 4 5 starsGlacialClavain, Galiana and Felka explore the century old ruins of a human outpost on an Ice planet As they investigate to uncover the mystery behind the bizarre deaths of the colonists they discover the planet is not quite as dead as they first thought 3.5 5 starsWeatherIt s Ultra vs Ultra as the Lighthugger Petronel is stalked by pirates Space battles, unrequited love and a startling revelation about the Conjoiner drives that you won t find in the main series 4 5 starsGraffenwalder s BestiaryGraffenwalder is a collector of rare and hideous species of animalsand maybe things that arehuman than animal But he s not the only one around Yellowstone with a fascination for the bizzare Graffenwalder has competition in one Ursula Goodglass and when a specimen that has been Graffenwalder s lifelong obsession comes on the market he jumps at the chance to gain the ultimate kudos.But as all we Rev Space readers knowBeware of Ultra s bearing gifts.4 5 starsNightingaleA team of mercenaries is assembled to take in a war criminal hiding out in a ghost spaceship Sometimes to catch a monster, you have to become a monster.4 5 stars

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