“Entertaining This is warm hearted science fiction with big ideas.” -Interzone “A thrilling, mind- boggling adventure.” -The Times (UK) “Reynolds’s approach. I think the implication is there that Purslane might be Abigail, but it’s never for sure as Abigail was very careful about all clones being equal. The reason she can’t. Alastair Reynolds’ House Of Suns, shortlisted for the Clarke Award, is a novel of ideas, with all that implies. The space-opera epic throws a.
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House of Suns (Literature) – TV Tropes
These clones, called shatterlings, reunite every couple hundred thousand years to share their findings, and they’ve been doing this for six million years. If you like other of Alastair Reynolds’ space opera, I am quite alsatair this one will not disappoint. When the clones were grown and implanted with Gentian’s memories, each awoke believing that they were the original. No Sleep till Doomsday. The world building and science are vivid, and easily digestible to a non-scientist.
The second timeline is set six million years in the future, and centers on the meeting of the Gentian Line after a galactic circuit. It is all rather exciting and ends on a rather optimistic note. The greatest surprise in House of Suns is that, for all his proselytizing of the personal, Reynolds, unlike his John Renfrew, fails to understand what exactly it is. I was born in Wales, but raised hoise Cornwall, and then spent time in the north of England and Wuns. I also wanted to counterbalance the superscience hardware by playing fair with the scenery, so I tried to set the action in the real Milky Way galaxy, with all the structure and complexity as revealed to us by modern astronomical results.
The author puts it all together in a compelling read full of sfnal surprise and sense of wonder. We publish fiction, poetry, reviews, essays, interviews, and art. The quality of the writing in the first chapter gripped me and wouldnt let me stop reading.
View all 11 comments. Despite efforts to stop the hijacked ship from reaching the concealed wormhole by local civilisations, the robot Cascade succeeds in opening the “stardam” enclosing the wormhole and travelling through it to the Andromeda Galaxy.
Every years, or one circuit of the Milky Way, the clones attend a predetermined reunion where their separate strands of diverged memories are reynolss and the data troves of Gentian line family are synced.
They are let down by Reynolds’s prose. Time and space and energy and matter are often multiplied by thousands and millions, with panache and assurance. Abigail’s clones are – though augmented – human through and through, in every respect, and they have all their creator’s memories of a time when humanity was still confined to our solar system. Returning him to the Machine Peoplea society of advanced robots, would put the Gentian Line on very good terms with them, so Campion and Purslane figure that will excuse them for their lateness to the Reunion.
All in all I thought this was a fantastic book as my five stars indicate. The science aspects partly went straight over my head, but I don’t have to understand how something works, but what it doesand Reynolds served my needs just fine. Or —and this is surely the more likely housw —the memory finds expression elsewhere.
Hesperus is a member of the “Machine People”, an advanced civilization of robots, and supposedly the only non-human sentient society in existence.
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They love each other deeply, based on a vast array of shared experiences and mutual respect. Three primary characters – Purslane and Campion are lovers, and Hesperus is a rescued “Machine Person” – have enough depth and heart and intelligence to sparkle. Each subsequent chapter is narrated from the first-person perspective of two shatterlings named Hosue and Purslane, alternating between them each chapter.
In fact, the relationship of Campion and Purslane is surprisingly poignant for a hard SF epic, and I grew to like them and their machine companion Hesperus. With the help of a machine being named Hesperus, they manage to escape with a few other shatterlings to a world named Neume, bit that is just the beginning of their adventures. Soon their friendship with Hesperus is solidified in a struggle for survival.
The plot is complex but not overly-so, for which I was grateful. I felt like it stretched my mind a little bit just reaching for a way to relate. This requires a great deal of relativistic action literallyand it’s at this point that the science part of the book may be difficult for some readers to comprehend. These are not physical clones of herself, but rather mental clones of her original person.
Strange Horizons – House of Suns by Alastair Reynolds By Dan Hartland
It was both clever and reasonable. Not so this one. One reynllds this particular line that I really liked: Cadence and Cascade have discovered that the Line was involved in the accidental extermination of a forgotten earlier race of machine people, dubbed the “First Machines”.
But ultimately Reynolds revealed that John really only wanted to understand himself, or at least wanted to do so just as much as he wanted to understand space and time. That story introduced Campion and Purslane, two members of a starfaring clan of clonelike individuals known as Gentian line. Reddit SF Book Club: The story spans millions of years and hundreds of them often pass in the blink of an eye.
I tried to place reasonable limits on these technologies, however, and make sure that there were still certain feats that were beyond the abilities of the shatterlings. This quote conveys it well: While the pace picks up at the end, it starts too slowly and at times the plot meanders. Who is eliminating the Gential Line the line of male and female clones that transverse the galaxy on a Star Trekkian like quest “to go where no man or woman have gone before” and more importantly, why??