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For many of us, the Ace Double Novels of the 50s and 60s have long been a source both of pleasure and nostalgia. This new double volume from Subterranean Press stands squarely in that distinguished tradition, offering a pair of colorful, fast-paced stories from the reigning master of the intergalactic space opera: Alastair Reynolds.
Thousandth Night, the genesis for the epic novel House of Suns, is quintessential Reynolds. A visionary account of intrigue, ambition, and technological marvels set within a beautifully realized far-future milieu, it combines world-class storytelling with a provocative meditation on the mystery, grandeur, and inconceivable immensity of the universe.
The masterful novella Minla s Flowers features Merlin, a familiar figure to Reynolds s readers. Diverted by technical difficulties to a planet known as Lecythus, Merlin finds himself forced to play a part in the moral and military dilemmas of a world on the verge of extinction.
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Larger-than-life characters, awesome extraterrestrial settings and spectacular technology fill these two novellas, packaged back to back in the manner of the old Ace Doubles. In the powerful Thousandth Night, starfaring posthumans gather to socialize, exchange dream recordings and gossip about the mysterious galaxy-transforming Great Work. This time, however, high-tech murder is afoot. In the more didactic Minla's Flowers, another starfaring immortal happens upon a planet where two nations are at war. Their sun is about to be destroyed by a piece of malfunctioning alien technology, and the traveler must convince them to put aside their differences and evacuate their planet. Reynolds (House of Suns) is a master of modern space opera, and these tales of the far future, although not quite on a par with his best novels, should satisfy his many readers. (Nov.)
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