Happy birthday to the extraordinary Alastair Reynolds

Photo by Barbera Bella

Beginning in 2000 while researching astronomy and astrophysics for the European Space Agency’s main research establishment in the Netherlands, Alastair Reynolds published the first four volumes of the acclaimed Revelation Space series: Revelation Space (2000), Chasm City (2001; winner of the British Science Fiction Award), Redemption Ark (2002), and Absolution Gap (2003). Later he added the Prefect Dreyfus Emergencies to the series with The Prefect (2007), Elysium Fire (2018), and Machine Vendetta (2024). After leaving the Agency in 2004, he became a full time writer and continued his impressive output of which includes the Poseidon’s Children series (Blue Remembered Earth [2012], On the Steel Breeze [2013], and Poseidon’s Wake [2015]), Pushing Ice (2005), Terminal World (2010), Doctor Who novel Harvest Of Time (2013), SLOW BULLETS (2015; winner of the Locus Award), The Medusa Chronicles (2016 with Stephen Baxter), the Revenger series (Revenger [2016], Shadow Captain [2019], and Bone Silence [2020]), a return to Revelation Space with Inhibitor Phase (2021), and Eversion (2022).

Reynolds’ numerous short stories have garnered him Seiun and Sidewise awards. Much of his shorter work have been collected in Zima Blue and Other Stories (2006), Thousandth Night and Minla’s Flowers (2009), Deep Navigation (2010), Beyond the Aquila Rift: The Best of Alastair Reynolds (2016), and Belladonna Nights and Other Stories (2021).

All of us at Tachyon wish the amazing Alastair a happy birthday. Keep watching the skies!