Revelation Space by Alastair Reynolds

Revelation Space

By Alastair Reynolds

  • Release Date: 2001-06-01
  • Genre: Science Fiction
Score: 4.5
From 254 Ratings
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The highly-acclaimed first novel in the Revelation Space universe

When human colonists settled the Amarantin homeworld, few of them bothered to question the disappearance of its native population almost a million years before. But in the year 2551, one man, Dan Sylveste, is convinced that solving the riddle of the Amarantin is vital to human survival. As he nears the truth, he learns that someone wants him dead. Because the Amarantin were destroyed for a reason. And if that reason is made public, the universe—and reality itself—could be forever altered. This sprawling operatic novel ranges across vast gulfs of time and space to arrive at a terrifying conclusion.

Alastair Reynolds, who holds a Ph.D. in Astronomy, has written a vivid and action-packed story that will linger in the minds of its readers.

“[A] tour de force…ravishingly inventive.” —Publishers Weekly

“Best science fiction novel of the year” —Science Fiction Chronicle


  • Awesome!!!

    By Jhfddvhjufggfff
    Best scifi ever.
  • Proper Scifi

    By noahwankenobi
    Good proper scifi in my opinion. Fun and I'd read it again. Complaint: like so many ebooks now-a-days the editing is terrible, sometimes making parts of the story very difficult to follow.
  • Magical solutions

    By Mark_Henry
    It's a great story, with well written characters, exotic scenery, immersive technologies and so much possibility. It's unfortunate that the author has decided to use technology as a magical out in so many scenes. Characters stuck in an impossible situation? Render them unconscious then wake them up somewhere else safe and sound. Lost a bit? Add a character to provide some exposition. The long lost magical sentient thingy decided to save you by scanning your form, freezing your body, teleporting you through a star, no a black hole, into a spaceship traveling the speed of light twenty-years in the future. Problem solved.
  • Astounding

    By GarrettEvans
    Lovecraftian ideas exponentially developed to an awe inspiring story of multiple discoveries. And this is just the first novel that sets the scene in this spectacular world. If you're a thinker, you've arrived at the right book. By the way, this review was inspired by my second read.
  • Too many typos

    By DoesThisNicknameWork?
    The book is decent, but the number of typos makes it hard to enjoy. Was this book scanned in? Please fix this.
  • Absolutely great

    By Torrack1714
    One of the best books I have read in some time. It takes a bit to get used to some vocabulary you may be unfamiliar with, but otherwise, I have no complaints. I will be buying another novel by this author.
  • Awesome

    By Coreyschaadt
    This book is so engrossing and mesmerizing. Everything in it is so well thought out and put together that it seems like it all really exists somewhere in the universe. Truly genius. I highly recommend this book to any reader. I normally do not read science fiction and decided to branch out when my university library was giving away free books. I absolutely fell in love with this book and I am planning on reading the rest of his novels.
  • Mr T

    By Tdogx61
    Couldn't put it down. Very well written!
  • An Excellent, Hard SF Epic

    By hannibal45
    Very impressive, intelligent work. It handles an epic scope with mystery, interstellar spaceships, interesting characters, AI, elaborate plotting, and massive spectacle. All the characters are a bit coldly intelligent to the point where the artificially-intelligent ones often seem more human- there is little emotional complexity. But that is what I liked about it!
  • Brilliant book, horrible copy

    By Dom Williams
    Reynolds is a fantastic author. This novel sets the basis of a "universe" that he ties some of his other books & short stories into. If you like hard scifi, you wont be disappointed! That being said, this electronic copy is atrocious! There has to be a typo/spelling mistake on nearly every page, some with multiple mistakes. I had the impression that this copy was based off a scan of a real book which was then processed by an optical character recognition program. Many "rn" instances showed up as "m", etc --- it ended being pretty disruptive when trying to read. If the next book I purchase from Apple's store is like this, I'll stick with buying from the competition.