by Alastair Reynolds
Gollancz Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780575077188
Date: 15 March 2010 List Price £18.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK /
Uncorrected Proof Copy: Following the much publicised announcement of Alastair Reynolds's ten book, million pound deal with Orion, Terminal World is the first hundred grand instalment - due for publication in March 2010.
I've been a fan of Reynolds's work for nearly a decade (check out my 2001 interview with him and also my reviews of Chasm City, Diamond Dogs, Pushing Ice and Century Rain and am licking my lips at what's still to come from this exceptional SF author...
"Spearpoint, the last human city, is an atmosphere-piercing spire of vast size. Clinging to its skin are the zones, a series of semi-autonomous city-states, each of which enjoys a different - and rigidly enforced - level of technology. Horsetown is pre-industrial; in Neon Heights they have television and electric trains ...Following an infiltration mission that went tragically wrong, Quillon has been living incognito, working as a pathologist in the district morgue. But when a near-dead angel drops onto his dissecting table, Quillon's world is wrenched apart one more time, for the angel is a winged posthuman from Spearpoint's Celestial Levels - and with the dying body comes bad news. If Quillon is to save his life, he must leave his home and journey into the cold and hostile lands beyond Spearpoint's base, starting an exile that will take him further than he could ever imagine. But there is far more at stake than just Quillon's own survival, for the limiting technologies of the zones are determined not by governments or police, but by the very nature of reality - and reality itself is showing worrying signs of instability ..."