Review: Blue Remembered Earth

Blue Remembered Earth
Blue Remembered Earth by Alastair Reynolds
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Finally. This, I think, is the promise of Alastair Reynolds fulfilled. Science and storytelling in equal measure.

After reading the Revelation Space books, I spent a couple years avoiding this guy. Honestly, I was impressed with his ideas, his grasp of technology, and the way he made me feel comfortable with concepts far outside the current sphere of tech and science. What upset me was his storytelling. Jarring shifts through time and/or point of view contributed, but he also seemed to miss the entertainment mark in those books by summarizing or outright skipping action sequences. It left me a little sour.

Blue Remembered Earth is a redeemer. This is a STORY first, framed by technology, big ideas, and all the hard sci-fi trimmings. Whereas in the past I had to put myself in a headspace to read Reynolds, with BRE I got lost in the tale, like I would with any of my favorite authors. I’m relieved and happy by this turn of events; the man has much to say and contribute, and now he’s found his stride as both scientist and author. Hooray! I can’t wait to see what comes next in this series.

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