THE SIX DIRECTIONS OF SPACE by Alastair Reynolds, dj art by Tomislav Tikulin. Burton, MI; Subterranean Press; 2008. 1st edition hardcover.
What if Genghis Khan got his wish, and brought the entire planet under the control of the Mongols? Where would he have gone next?
A thousand years after Khan's death, Yellow Dog is the codename of a female spy working for a vast Mongol-dominated galactic empire. When she learns of anomalous events happening on the edge of civilised space -- phantom ships appearing in the faster-than-light transit system which binds the empire together -- Yellow Dog puts herself forward for the most hazardous assignment of her career. In deep cover, she must penetrate the autonomous zone where the anomalies are most frequent, and determine whether the empire is really under attack, and if so by who or what. Yellow Dog's problems, however, are only just beginning. For the autonomous zone is under the heel of Qilian, a thuggish local tyrant with no love for central government and a reputation for extreme brutality. Qilian already knows more about the anomalies than Yellow Dog does. If she is going to learn more, she will have to earn his confidence -- even if that means working for him, rather than against him.
So begins a deadly game of subterfuge and double-cross -- while the anomalies increase...
Issued in a SIGNED/LIMITED edition of 1000 hardcover copies. OUT OF PRINT FROM THE PUBLISHER.
From Publishers Weekly:
"Reynolds (The Prefect) is a master of fitting large-scale space opera into just a few pages, and this novella is no exception. The Mongols, led by Gehghis Khan, conquered Earth a thousand years ago and now rule an interstellar civilization via a wormhole transportation system created by extinct aliens... Technology, history and an unlikely friendship add dimension to the short but universe-spanning mystery."
"Reynolds' impressive new space opera is a novella about the Mongol Empire 999 years after the death of its founder... Set in a solidly built universe, full of excellent espionage and adventure, Six Directions of Space is a surprisingly small package to contain such a lot of entertainment."
From Library Journal:
"The Welsh-born author of the 'Revelation Space' series tells a tautly written tale of alternate and parallel universes, perfectly detailed and rich with character."
Fine in fine dj.