Eversion will be out in a couple of weeks in the UK, and I've already seen my author copies. It looks very nice, with a distinctly different design to my other titles.
Some early reviews have begun to appear. Writing in the Daily Mail, Jamie Buxton called it "gripping, exciting and clever, as well as a deeply moving story about truth, sacrifice and how to be human."
In New Scientist, Sally Adee wrote: "it isn't every day you get to experience a perfect collision of the Romantic macabre of Edgar Allan Poe and HP Lovecraft with The Usual Suspects and 2001: A Space Odyssey."
Finally, writing in The Guardian, Lisa Tuttle called it a "wonderfully entertaining puzzle wrapped inside an adventure story, which turns out to be science fictional after all."
Looking forward to it Alastair. Ordered from Amazon UK as the hardcover won't be available in the US. I don't get Amazon US doing things that way, but as long as I can order from the UK, that works for me.ReplyDelete
Fantastic, can't wait. Preordered it on Amazon, where the blurb notes that "Doctor Silas Coade joins his fellow exploders..." I _think_ that's a typo, but part of me badly wants it not to be :DReplyDelete
Eagerly waiting for this to arrive. I love the hardcover art of the UK version. A while back I think you had mentioned that you will be putting out a new novella this year; is this still in the works ? ThanksReplyDelete
I'm not sure what I said, it may have been that I was working on a novella, but that's on hold for the time being.Delete
I should have two copies (one for me, one for my father) waiting for me in Cardiff when I fly in next weekend.ReplyDelete
I doubt people will have an aversion to Eversion. 😁ReplyDelete
I was discussing Zima Blue with a friend, and I noticed that Carrie Clay's memory is compared to a room full of furniture. I also noticed that there is a part where Clay goes through a room in Zima's cabin, which is full of ancient furniture and items.ReplyDelete
Is this some reference to the memory palace or Luci's method of storing memories? I found a curious way of talking about memories and I bet with my friend that this was a reference to the luci method but he fervently disagrees with me
No, I don't think so - I can't say I knew enough about Luci (or know enough now) to imagine that I put that in deliberately back when i wrote the story in 2004.Delete
Any thoughts on who might be offering signed copies?ReplyDelete
Hi Orin - Goldsboro and Forbidden Planet at least, as I'm going to London to sign them next week.ReplyDelete
Thanks for the info! Preordered! Also, sidenote, but am a Penny Arcade reader (general nerd webcomic), and one of the authors is a fan. Funny one about you a little bit ago: https://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2022/05/09/books-and-their-coversDelete
That's awesome! I didn't know Penny Arcade did a strip on AR. For the record, I love those "ship and a planet" covers. My favorite is Redemption Ark because of that beautifully sleek ship, but the RS cover brings back great memories of discovering AR's work.Delete
Also, how hilarious is it that the Penny Arcade comic is tagged with "porn"? Starship porn is definitely a thing among SF fans.
Goldsboro was the easiest preorder. Forbidden Planet didn't have it up as of yesterday on their site (well they have Eversion up - but I checked with them and it wasn't the signed version)ReplyDelete
I’ve just ordered a signed copy from Goldsboro (also have ordered the audible version). So excited! ☺️ReplyDelete
Thanks all who have ordered Eversion. I signed for Goldsboro and Forbidden Planet, and there is likely to be an Anderida edition as well.ReplyDelete
Just finished Eversion and loved it. I could not put it down once I reached the halfway point in the novel. Loved the writing style, setting, the various character as well as the clever way it is put together. Definitely five stars !ReplyDelete
I've just finished as well, and I think Eversion is a superb book, made just about perfect by its last chapter. What was interesting for me is that my reading of the novel was co-incident with my having found out about the claims made by Blake Lemoine concerning his work with Google Lamda, and having read the transcripts of his "interview" with it. While I have to consider myself *very* skeptical of his claims, reading your newest novel definitely made me more receptive to them!ReplyDelete
I was wondering whether you'd like to post in this space a few words concerning the whole Lamda kerfuffle, but even if not would like to thank you blogospherically for Eversion. Your work keeps getting better and better. Thank you.
Thanks! I was on the skeptical side with the Google Lambda thing, but beyond that I don't have anything intelligent to add other than to say that I think we're a long, long way from genuine machine sentience.Delete
Wow, just got a notification from Amazon (U.S.) that a new Alastair Reynolds book was coming, and I'd had no idea! What a welcome surprise! The U.S. version is paperback, however. Not only do I prefer hardcover but also first editions, so of course I just ordered the U.K. hardcover. :-) Can't wait to read it!ReplyDelete
I'm right in the middle of reading it right now, and am enjoying it immensely! So original!Delete
Meant to follow-up on this a couple of weeks ago, but just wanted to say that I loved "Eversion!" (I also left a favorable review on Amazon.com).Delete
Just wanted to say I loved Eversion. Took me a while to adjust to something so different from your past work but once I hit the halfway point I was hooked. A very cleverly written story and some very touching moments at the end. As much as some of us want nothing but books set in the RS universe I'm so glad to have read something so refreshing.ReplyDelete
Confession time - I knew Eversion was coming at some point this year, but completely missed the publication date. Only spotted it when hunting for Father's Day suggestions for the guys. One of whom delivered. Had been really looking forward to it and it didn't disappoint.ReplyDelete
Another level! Wonderful story telling.ReplyDelete
Thank you for Eversion! As much as I love Revelation Space, it's with your standalone efforts that your amazing writing skills shine.ReplyDelete
Just finished Eversion. Absolutely brilliant- loved it! Thanks Alastair! Keep ‘em coming.ReplyDelete
Enduring a quarantine and a dear friend has gifted me a copy of Eversion. We had a contactless handover of the goods. Enjoying it immensely! There is a book of yours I want to reread involving a terrarium like prison and plants or animal that eats the prisoner. Maybe it’s the fever but can you remind what book that is in if it sounds familiar?ReplyDelete
Thanks for the wonderful writing to aid in my recovery!
Hi, hope you enjoy Eversion and it provides some distraction from quarantine. The book of mine you mention *might* be Chasm City, as the flashback scenes on Sky's Edge feature the Reptile House, which is the bad guy's compound set in an abandoned zoo?Delete