Terminal World

by Alastair Reynolds

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Terminal World Synopsis

Spearpoint, the last human city, is an atmosphere-piercing spire of vast size. Clinging to its skin are the zones, a series of semi-autonomous city-states, each of which enjoys a different - and rigidly enforced - level of technology. Horsetown is pre-industrial; in Neon Heights they have television and electric trains ...Following an infiltration mission that went tragically wrong, Quillon has been living incognito, working as a pathologist in the district morgue. But when a near-dead angel drops onto his dissecting table, Quillon's world is wrenched apart one more time, for the angel is a winged posthuman from Spearpoint's Celestial Levels - and with the dying body comes bad news. If Quillon is to save his life, he must leave his home and journey into the cold and hostile lands beyond Spearpoint's base, starting an exile that will take him further than he could ever imagine. But there is far more at stake than just Quillon's own survival, for the limiting technologies of the zones are determined not by governments or police, but by the very nature of reality - and reality itself is showing worrying signs of instability ...

Terminal World Press Reviews

'a rousing adventure in a wildly original setting.' Guardian


'Almost the most convincing steampunk novel you'll ever read' SFX


'A wildly imaginative genre stretcher.  Reynolds tells his tale with such verve that you just keep turning the pages' Financial Times

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ISBN: 9780575088504
Publication date: 14/04/2011
Publisher: Gollancz an imprint of Orion Publishing Co
Format: Paperback

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ISBN: 9780575088504
Publication date: 14th April 2011
Author: Alastair Reynolds
Publisher: Gollancz an imprint of Orion Publishing Co
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 496 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, Science Fiction,
Categories: Science fiction,

About Alastair Reynolds

Alastair Reynolds was born in Barry, South Wales, in 1966. He studied at Newcastle and St Andrews Universities and has a Ph.D. in astronomy. Since 1991 he has lived in the Netherlands, near Leiden. He gave up working as an astrophysicist for the European Space Agency to become a full-time writer. Revelation Space and Pushing Ice were shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award; Revelation Space, Absolution Gap and Century Rain were shortlisted for the British Science Fiction Award, and Chasm City won the BSFA, and Diamond Dogs was shortlisted for the British Fantasy Award. Below is a Q & A ...

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