Absolution Gap

A novel by Alastair Reynolds. Eligible for the 2003-4 OUSFG Award.


"Mankind has endured centuries of horrific plague and a particularly brutal interstellar war ... but there is still no time for peace and quiet. Stirred from aeons of sleep, the Inhibitors - ancient alien killing machines - have begun the process of ridding the galaxy of its latest emergent intelligence: mankind. As a ragtag bag of refugees fleeing the first wave of the cull head towards an apparently insignificant moon light-years away, they discover an avenging angel, a girl born in ice. She has the power to lead mankind to safety, and the ability to draw down their darkest enemy. And on a planet where vast travelling cathedrals crawl towards the treacherous fissure known as Absolution Gap, an unsettling truth becomes apparent: to beat one enemy, it may be necessary to forge an alliance with something much, much worse ... With his first novel Reynolds laid the foundations of a galaxy-spanning future for mankind; with each novel he takes us further into that galaxy, revealing another aspect of a future that has few boundaries. This is the creation of a uniquely talented writer who is making a massive impact on world SF.

Unfortunately you will only get the most out of this if you have also read Chasm City and Redemption Ark. DS

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