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Cover & Synopsis: ON THE STEEL BREEZE by Alastair Reynolds

The Wertzone has posted the cover art and synopsis of the upcoming novel On the Steel Breeze by Alastair Reynolds. This is the sequel to Blue Remembered Earth which began the Poseidon’s Children series.

Here’s the synopsis:

An epic vision of our journey into deep space.

Hundreds of years from now mankind will finally inherit the stars. A fleet of holoships is heading towards the nearest habitable planet at 15% the speed of light. In massive asteroids turned into ships, tens of millions of people are heading towards a new home. A home that bears signs of an ancient alien civilisation.

No-one knows what they will find when they get there in 90 years. But the main problem is that the ships will have to break the laws of physics to be able to stop. And the research into ways to stop risk the ships themselves. Has mankind squandered the utopia of years past?

Book info as per Amazon US [Also available via Amazon UK]:

  • Publisher: Orion Hardbacks (August 15, 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 0575090456
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575090453
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3 Comments on Cover & Synopsis: ON THE STEEL BREEZE by Alastair Reynolds

  1. David Greybeard // April 12, 2013 at 8:29 am //

    I love Reynolds. He’s maybe the best of the younger breed of SF writers. Some of his books, though, don’t draw my attentions. Like the first in this trilogy. This one sounds a bit better, but I’m not sure I’m ready for another Generation Ship story.

  2. Hm. “break the laws of physics”? That sounds a bit.. un-Reynolds-like, no? A bit part of his works is that they abide – to an extent, ofc – to the cardinal laws of physics. I do hope this is more “find some workaround, or method, of dealing with the problem” and not “magic space god stops the asteroid ship with a mentally-conjured giant hand, also wizards”…

    Still, very much looking forward to this novel.

  3. Fraser Glendinning // August 31, 2013 at 6:48 am //

    Great fan of Alistair and was teribly dissapointed with Blue Remembered Earth.
    I just hope this is more of a ‘Pushing Ice’ or ‘Chasm City’,or for that matter any A.R. page turner than the last novel which i almost just binned a few times. Sorry Alistair it was a totaly dire, dreary read with nothing there to hold any kind of interest what so ever.
    The fact that it was the first part of a trilogy didn’t inspire me with confidence, however…

    Lets hope your back on track with this one.

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