Troika by Alastair Reynolds

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In novels such as Chasm City and Revelation Space, Alastair Reynolds established himself as an indisputable master of the far-flung intergalactic epic. Reynolds brings that same deceptively effortless mastery to the shorter fictional forms, a fact that Troika, his elegant, compulsively readable new novella, amply demonstrates. Troika tells the story of men and women confronting an enigma known as the Matryoshka, a vast alien construct whose periodic appearances have generated terror, wonder, and endless debate. During its third "apparition" in a remote corner of the galaxy, a trio of Russian cosmonauts approach this enigma and attempt to penetrate its mysteries. What they discover--and what they endure in the process--forms the centerpiece of an enthralling, constantly surprising narrative. Troika is at once a wholly original account of First Contact and a meditation on time, history, and the essentially fluid nature of identity itself. Suspenseful, erudite, and gracefully written, it is a significant accomplishment in its own right and a welcome addition to a remarkable body of work.

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 April 5, 2013 by Subterranean Press. 104 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Sometime in a post-Internet future, Dimitri Ivanov, a cosmonaut and the sole survivor of a space mission to learn more about a huge alien vessel dubbed the Matryoshka, has escaped from a medical facility where he was being treated for insanity to seek out Nesha Petrova, a scientist, and give her ...

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The mark of a great novella is that the author manages to stuff an amazing amount into a small space and still make it compulsively readable.

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