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Blue Remembered Earth (Poseidon's Children) by Alastair Reynolds
Cover Artist: Dominic Harman
Review by Ernest Lilley
Ace Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780441020713
Date: 05 June 2012 List Price $26.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK

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Set about 150 years hence, Blue Remembered Earth is the first book in Alistair Reynolds' Poseidon's Children series, and though it came out last January, you've got time to read it before the second book, On the Steel Breeze, comes out in August 2013. The middle future appears to be where the best and brightest of hard SF writers are spending their time, and Reynolds new novel is a worthy addition to works like Charles Stross' Accelerando (2005) and Kim Stanley Robinson's 2312 (2012).

From official release/information:

Product Description: With Blue Remembered Earth, ALastair Reynolds begins a new epic, tracing generations of one family across more than ten thousand years of future history—into interstellar space and the dawn of galactic society…

One hundred and fifty years from now, Africa has become the world’s dominant technological and economic power. Crime, war, disease and poverty have been eliminated. The Moon and Mars are settled, and colonies stretch all the way out to the edge of the solar system. And Ocular, the largest scientific instrument in history, is about to make an epochal discovery…

Geoffrey Akinya wants only one thing: to be left in peace, so that he can continue his long-running studies into the elephants of the Amboseli basin. But Geoffrey’s family, who control the vast Akinya business empire, has other plans for him. After the death of his grandmother Eunice—the erstwhile space explorer and entrepreneur—something awkward has come to light on the Moon, so Geoffrey is dispatched there to ensure the family name remains untarnished. But the secrets Eunice died with are about to be revealed—secrets that could change everything...or tear this near utopia apart.

(Source: Ace)

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