The horse is blue and he lost his hat. The character Merlin is great, he reminds me of the benevolent travelers of the novel House Of Suns, in his adventures helping lesser civilizations. Three and a half stars. But Cardiff After is shorter, punchier, and more interesting. Flat and pointless, with grand goals to masquerade as a plumbing of grief in overlapping alternate worlds. Each story is told with his flair for hard physics combined with space opera but always driven by the psyche of his characters. They are presented by internal chronology in the collection.
Below are my thoughts on each story, which I wrote as I read them, which is why they start brief and get longer as I progressed. The room was rather dark and spacious with a massive bar in the center of it, a black old style piano on one side, round tables on the other and long dark purple couches along the walls, all of them delimited by vertical fish tanks that extended from the floor to the ceiling. The first couple of stories were pretty uninteresting for me. The idea of an artist capturing the attention of humanity with his bigger and ridiculously bigger artworks, only for the meaning behind them to be something so humble and touching, was top-notch. To save the people on the planet, technology will have to develop to the space ages fast. Angels of Ashes 1999 is a story that mixes religion and quantum mechanics.
Rather like some of the collections of Isaac Asimov's early work, the author mingles in comments on how the stories came to be written and published. Cardiff Afterlife deals with two universes, one where Cardiff has been destroyed by terrorists, the other were it survives. A new year on Random Comments traditionally opens with a review of one of Allastair Reynolds' books. There are some very ambitious creations here involving alternate timelines, the augmentation of the human memory, and reality itself. The three Merlin stories picked up the pace - they're separate stories, but featuring the same universe and protagonist.
On his journey to seek an ultimate weapon against the Huskers, Merlin comes across a low-tech planet in cosmic trouble. Decim was finishing his song. It was some kind of complicated maze with a gradient of purple and black. May show signs of minor shelf wear and contain limited notes and highlighting. I agree with Reynolds in his post-story notes that this saga is like Revelation Space turned up to 11. But Minla is an all-too-modern tale of motives and means and actions that is truly sad.
His novel Harvest of Time was published in June 2013. The next two stories didn't do much for me. The collection contains the three Merlin stories for instance, as well as two stories featuring the character Carrie Clay and two stories set in a many worlds interpretation of Cardiff. He wasn't sure why the microwave oven and the elevator on this ship were making the same noises when ready. Minla's Flowers - A lot to like about this novella.
Pictorial wrappers, 280 pages collecting 10 stories. The possibility of being alone, helpless, desperate and yet wanting to know and discover. Give me what I want and I'll show you the way. Loved all the stories, even if so many questions remained unanswered. Greg Egan does this kind of story better, I think. The next three stories, Hideaway 2000 , Minla's Flowers 2007 and Merlin's Gun 2000 are linked as well. None of it the 'Revelation Space' universe, but all really good.
There, he worked for the part of the until 2004 when he left to pursue writing full-time. Another brilliant piece with a surprise character. Afterwards, he earned a from the. I moved to the Netherlands to continue my science career and stayed there for a very long time, before eventually returning to Wales. The trilogy consisting of , and the Inhibitor trilogy deal with humanity coming to the attention of the Inhibitors and the resultant war between them. Mournful, cetacean moans cut down through the piss-yellow clouds over the port.
The religious part turns out to not quite be what one of its priests expects. It was the colour of a beetle in a museum of natural history. They are all very much in Reynolds' wheelhouse of the far future, space opera genre. I know I should have not touched it but I thought that one page can't hurt. Then he noticed the sensation of falling was not there, but that he was more like suspended into the void surrounded by stars and galaxies and skulls of flies.