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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,932 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alastair Reynolds Narrator: John Lee Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Revelation Space Series Release Date:
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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.

Centuries from now, the basic right to expand human intelligence beyond its natural limits has become a war-worthy cause for the Demarchists and Conjoiners. Only vast lighthugger starships bind these squabbling colonies together, manned by the panicky and paranoid Ultras. And the hyperpigs just try to keep their heads down.

The rich get richer. And everyone tries not to think about the worrying number of extinct alien civilizations turning up on the outer reaches of settled space … because who’s to say that humanity won’t be next?

Set in the Revelation Space universe, this is the first short story collection by the author who has been called “one of SF’s best and most ambitious novelists.” The eight stories included in Galactic North are “Great Wall of Mars,” “Glacial,” “A Spy in Europa,” “Weather,” “Dilation Sleep,” “Grafenwalder’s Bestiary,” “Nightingale,” and “Galactic North.”

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Dark, gothic, and graphic, with tightly composed narratives full of shocks and jaw-dropping moments. Atmosphere and economically-drafted characters are as important as the big ideas.”

    BBC Focus

  • “The stories are written with real energy. Dark, satirical, and frequently dystopian. This is gothic SF with gore as Reynolds ensures his taut narrative’s grip from the first sentence.”


Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Carasel | 2/19/2014

    " I'm not sure short stories are really Alastair Reynolds's strong point. The Revelation Space series of novels are some of my favourites, featuring long and complex interweaving plots which slowly reveal themselves throughout several novels. Without the time to build up to that sort of situation, these short stories all felt as if they were lacking something; some felt as if they never really got going. That said, it was interesting to learn more about certain characters and factions from the novels, and to see stories that were set in the Revelation Space universe before that novel was even written. I wouldn't suggest this be read by anyone who hasn't read the series first though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Adrian Sud | 2/18/2014

    " If you enjoy the Revelation Space series, this collection is a must read, for "Great Wall of Mars" alone. Each of the stories is phenomenal in their own right, but Great Wall provides the much needed background and character development for Clavain which gives meaning to his later actions and self-recriminations in the events of the Revelation Space novels. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tamar | 2/15/2014

    " These are short stories spanning both space and time in the Revelation Space universe. This collection would not be a good introduction to Reynolds or Revelation Space but is a very strong collection for those already familiar with Reynolds and his universe. An extremely well written collection. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Brent Werness | 1/30/2014

    " Overall a good collection of short stories, although there are a couple of clunkers in the collection -- neither Dilation Sleep nor Galactic North the short story really worked for me. Other than those it was a fun collection of tales from the Revelation Space universe, which to me is a good thing! "

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