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Alastair Reynolds


Revelation Space
Year 2000
Publisher Victor Gollancz  (Orion Books Ltd)
ISBN 0575068760



Revelation Space: a quest for the secrets of the universe.  Step into Infinity and join the ride of the century.

Nine hundred thousand years ago, something wiped out the Amarantin.  Maybe it was pure bad luck that their star chose to flare just when they were on the verge of discovering space flight . . . or maybe bad luck had nothing to do with it.

For the human colonists now settling the Amarantin homeworld Resurgam, it's of little more than academic interest, even after the discovery of a long-hidden, almost perfect Amarantin city and a colossal statue of a winged Amarantin.

For brilliant but ruthless scientist Dan Sylveste, it's more than merely intellectual curiosity - and he will stop at nothing to get at the truth.  Even if it costs him everything.

The Amarantin were wiped out for a reason.  And danger is closer and greater than even Sylveste imagines . . .




"A terrific treat.  I was hooked from page one.  Billion-year-gone alien wars, killer intelligences - and perhaps the most stunning and original alien artefact in modern science fiction - and all rendered with the authentic voice of a working scientist.  Ferociously intelligent and imbued with chilling logic - it may really be like this Out There"
Stephen Baxter


Cartwheel galaxy



Credit: NASA

Stellar Ripple
Approximately 100 million years ago, a smaller galaxy plunged through the heart of the Cartwheel galaxy, creating ripples of brief star formation. In this image, the first ripple appears as an ultraviolet-bright blue outer ring so powerful that it may be one of the most powerful UV-emitting galaxies in the nearby universe.

This false-color composite image shows the Cartwheel galaxy as seen by the Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX), the Hubble Space Telescope (green); the Spitzer Space Telescope (red); and the Chandra X-ray Observatory (purple).

Although astronomers have not identified exactly which galaxy collided with the Cartwheel, two of three candidate galaxies can be seen in this image to the bottom left of the ring, one as a neon blob and the other as a green spiral.

Previously, scientists believed the ring marked the outermost edge of the galaxy, but the latest GALEX observations detect a faint disk, not visible in this image, that extends to twice the diameter of the ring.

NASA Image of the day archive





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