British author Alastair Reynolds is at the vanguard of the current generation of hard science fiction authors — writers whose fabulous adventure stories are grounded in a sophisticated understanding of scientific reality. In this week’s episode of Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy, hosts John Joseph Adams and David Barr Kirtley talk to Reynolds about the feedback loop between science and science fiction, the future of human space exploration, and his excitement at getting to write a Doctor Who novel.
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Novelists Alastair Reynolds, Lauren Beukes, Michael Moorcock and Jeff Noon talk about the state of SF.
In this week’s new year books podcast, we look to the future. Science fiction has never been bigger, and publishers are falling over themselves to sign the next Terry Pratchett or Neil Gaiman. We talk to some of the genre’s biggest names about the state of SF in 2012, and where they think the genre is heading.
Lauren Beukes, author of hard-boiled SF thriller Zoo City, tells us about winning the 2011 Arthur C Clarke award and about South African science fiction. We talk to Michael Moorcock, who helped define science fiction back in the 1960s with his ground-breaking literary magazine New Worlds. And we also hear from hard SF author Alastair Reynolds and speculative fiction author Jeff Noon about their new projects, how they feel about being classed within the same genre, and writing on Twitter.
- Zoo City by Lauren Beukes
- Doctor Who: The Coming of the Terraphiles by Michael Moorcock
- Blue Remembered Earth by Alastair Reynolds
- Vurt by Jeff Noon
Luke reviews House of Suns by Alastair Reynolds.
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The science of space, with Dr Alastair Reynolds. Plus: how does broadband go faster?; why can’t nuclear waste be shot in to the Sun?; and what happens when black holes merge?
An interview with Alastair Reynolds, author of Revelation Space, Redemption Ark, Absolution Gap and more.
Fresh from signing a £1m deal with Gollancz, the science fiction author Alastair Reynolds has penned a story for the Guardian which follows a new recruit sent out to battle in an interstellar war.
Nineteen years after his first short story appeared, and nine years after the first of his eight novels was published, Scales is Reynolds’ first foray into militaristic SF. In it, he explores the transformations war imposes on soldiers as his hero Nico’s mission evolves into something stranger than he could have possibly imagined.
Reynolds is best-known for his mastery of space opera – the SF sub-genre in which the stakes are high and the aliens deadly – but, after 16 years working for the European Space Agency, he brings a scientist’s rigour to the genre’s high drama.
The setting is the River Tyne in the North East of England, a few centuries hence, when many years of cold weather is gradually being replaced by a warmer weather. This is bad for the sledge-maker, as we follow his young daughter as she makes a long journey on foot along the river to deliver two hogs heads to an old woman reputed to be a witch.