Blue Remembered Earth by Alastair Reynolds

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One hundred and fifty years from now, Africa has become the world’s dominant technological and economic power. Crime, war, disease and poverty have been practically eliminated. The Moon and Mars are settled, and colonies stretch all the way out to the edge of the solar system. And Ocular, the largest scientific instrument in history, is about to make an epochal discovery…
 
Geoffrey Akinya wants only one thing: to be left in peace, so that he can continue his long-running studies into the elephants of the Amboseli basin. But Geoffrey’s family, which controls the vast Akinya business empire, has other plans for him. After the death of his grandmother Eunice—the erstwhile space explorer and entrepreneur—something awkward has come to light on the Moon, so Geoffrey is dispatched there to ensure the family name remains untarnished.
 
But the secrets Eunice died with are about to be revealed—secrets that could change everything...or tear this near utopia apart.
 

About Alastair Reynolds

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Alastair Reynolds was born in Wales in 1966, and he has a Ph.D. in astronomy. From 1991 to 2007, he lived in the Netherlands, where he was employed by the European Space Agency as an astrophysicist. He is now a full-time writer and he lives in Great Britain.
 
Published June 5, 2012 by Ace. 510 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Recently, Eunice, Geoffrey's grandmother, a brilliant researcher who spent the latter part of her long life as a recluse aboard an orbiting space station, died, having left a MacGuffin somewhere in the solar system and a series of teasing clues to its location.

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Publishers Weekly

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Reynolds (Terminal World) cements his status as one of the preeminent writers of hard SF with this gripping and intelligent kickoff to the three-book Poseidon’s Children sequence. It’s 2161, and Afric

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The Guardian

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Blue Remembered Earth by Alastair Reynolds, In The Mouth of the Whale by Paul McAuley, City of Light and Shadow by Ian Whates and Pilgrims by Will Elliott

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New York Journal of Books

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“. . . part family saga, part space opera, and part DaVinci Code thriller.”

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City Book Review

One hundred and fifty years from now, when Eunice Akyina dies her death will trigger a series of events that send a systemwide business empire reeling and two of her grandchildren to Mars and beyond in an attempt to figure out just who their grandmother was and what she might have been hiding fro...

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Fantasy Book Review

Blue Remembered Earth is Alastair Reynolds's 10th novel and is the first of book in the Poseidon's Children Trilogy.

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Set in a future where the dominant nation is Africa, Reynolds’ novel lays the narrative foundation for what promises to be space opera on the grandest scale.

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SF Signal

Perhaps it is because this is merely the first of a new series, but the characters are frustratingly inflexible, showing miniscule, if any, development (imo) and the flaws they have (and I’m not implying that flawed characters are bad, quite the opposite, flaws are what truly craft memorable char...

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Bookmarks Magazine

After the death of Eunice, Geoffrey's grandmother, erstwhile space explorer and entrepreneur, something awkward has come to light on the Moon, and Geoffrey is tasked - well, blackmailed, really - to go up there and make sure the family's name stays suitably unblemished.

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Strange Horizons

The thought that has been chasing around my head since I finished Blue Remembered Earth is that there's always something of the Volvo about an Alastair Reynolds novel.

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SFX

Essentially, this is narrative as a treasure hunt, and there are moments when Reynolds appears to struggle with the self-imposed technical problems this causes him.

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Shades of Sentience

His latest book, Blue Remembered Earth is the first in a new series: ‘Poseidon’s Children.’ There are to be three books in this sequence, though the author assures us that there won’t be any major overlapping characters, and hopes that each book will be a ‘well-formed standalone novel in its own...

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Fiction Reviews

It is the 22nd century and in Africa Geoffrey and Sunday Akinya, being the heirs to an industrial fortune (borne of asteroid mining industries now run by relatives Hector and Lucas) spend their lives indulging their interests.

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