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by Alastair Reynolds
Published: June 2015
Available Format(s): Trade Paperback, epub, Kindle, PDF
From the author of the Revelation Space series comes an interstellar adventure of war, identity, betrayal, and
the preservation of civilization itself.
vast conflict, one that has encompassed hundreds of worlds and solar
systems, appears to be finally at an end. A conscripted soldier is
beginning to consider her life after the war and the family she has left
behind. But for Scur—and for humanity—peace is not to be.
the brink of the ceasefire, Scur is captured by a renegade war
criminal, and left for dead in the ruins of a bunker. She revives aboard
a prisoner transport vessel. Something has gone terribly wrong with the
from both sides of the war—are waking up from hibernation far too soon.
Their memories, embedded in bullets, are the only links to a world
which is no longer recognizable. And Scur will be reacquainted with her
old enemy, but with much higher stakes than just her own life.
“Alastair Reynolds’ new novella Slow Bullets has the scope of a much longer work (Edward Gibbon’s The Rise and Fall of the Roman Empires, say),
the literary speed of the most rapidly hurtling bullet, and so many
provocative scientific and / or philosophical ideas that even Steven
Hawking’s head might well spin with them. Moreover, Reynolds artfully
compresses all these disparate elements into a portable trade paperback
or a weightless e-file, the better to accommodate our busy reading
habits and the more fully to entertain us.
“Let me also note that Slow Bullets posits a far-future
situation akin to the one that we confront on planet Earth today, but
leavens his fictional crisis with a hard-won grasp of human psychology
and a down-to-the-ground optimism that bestows on its readers reasons
for supposing our ‘dammed human race’ nimble enough to overcome our
demanding real-world crisis du jour. A fine example of the true science
fictionist’s art … ‘with a bullet,’ as the editors at Billboard Magazine used to say.”
—Michael Bishop, author of A Funeral for the Eyes of Fire, And
Strange at Ecbatan the Trees, and Transfigurations
For more about SLOW BULLETS, visit the Tachyon page.
Cover art by Thomas Canty.
Design by Elizabeth Story.