Terminal World (Mass Market)
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Alastair Reynolds revolutionized the science fiction genre with his critically-acclaimed Revelation Space novels. Now, the award-winning author presents a future of technological wonders—from every era…
In a far-distant future, Spearpoint, the last human city, is a vast, atmosphere-piercing spire. Clinging to its skin are the zones: semiautonomous city-states, each of which enjoys a different—and rigidly enforced—level of technology.
Following a botched infiltration mission, enforcement agent Quillon has been living incognito, working as a pathologist in a morgue. But when a near-dead angel drops onto his dissection table, his world is wrenched apart.
For the angel is a winged posthuman from Spearpoint’s Celestial Levels. And with the dying body comes bad news: Quillon must leave his home and travel into the cold and hostile lands beyond Spearpoint’s base. But he can neither imagine how far the journey will take him—nor comprehend how much is at stake…
About the Author
Alastair Reynolds is the author of the Poseidon’s Children series and the Revelation Space series. Born in Barry, South Wales, he studied at Newcastle University and the University of St. Andrews. A former astrophysicist for the European Space Agency, he now writes full-time.
Praise for Terminal World
“Ingenuous and vivid settings…exotic scenery, special effects, set pieces—it’s going to take some fancy dancing for the author to top this one!”—Locus
“It might be hard to understand how Alastair Reynolds, known for his imaginative galaxy-spanning space operas, would fare in other genres of science fiction like steampunk. Terminal World might be as close as you get to finding out.”—SF Signal
“A wildly imaginative genre stretcher. [Reynolds] tells his tale with such verve that you just keep turning the pages.”—Financial Times
“Hairsbreadth escapes, gutsy fight scenes, unfeasible coincidences throughout the rest of the novel and one or two moments where Reynolds does achieve an authentic sense of wonder.”—SF Site
“A rousing adventure in a wildly original setting.”—The Guardian (UK)
“The pages are filled with alarums and adventures, reversals, betrayal and frightening experiences—as many as one would hope for from a planetary romance. Quillon builds genuine relationships after leaving Spearpoint [and] as he is able to acknowledge his own nature, overcomes default hatred of his type and becomes a valued member of his society.”—Strange Horizons
“An intellectual balancing act...airborne battles...plenty of action, too. It’s almost the most convincing steampunk novel you’ll ever read.”—SFX