THOUSANTHS NIGHT & MINLA'S FLOWERS by Alastair Reynolds, dust jacket by Tomislav Tikulin. Burton, MI; Subterranean Press; 2009.
Length: 192 pages
For many of us, the Ace Double Novels of the ‘50s and ‘60s have long been a source both of pleasure and nostalgia. This new double volume from Subterranean Press stands squarely in that distinguished tradition, offering a pair of colorful, fast-paced stories from the reigning master of the intergalactic space opera: Alastair Reynolds.
Thousandth Night, the genesis for the epic novel House of Suns, is quintessential Reynolds. A visionary account of intrigue, ambition, and technological marvels set within a beautifully realized far-future milieu, it combines world-class storytelling with a provocative meditation on the mystery, grandeur, and inconceivable immensity of the universe.
The masterful novella Minla’s Flowers features Merlin, a familiar figure to Reynolds’s readers. Diverted by technical difficulties to a planet known as Lecythus, Merlin finds himself forced to play a part in the moral and military dilemmas of a world on the verge of extinction.
Limited: 2000 signed fully cloth-bound hardcover copies.
"This two-story volume in the format of the old Ace double paperbacks—that is, designed to present a title page right-side-up when flipped over top to bottom—features one fantasy and one sf novella… Both stories are delightful displays of Reynolds’ excellent world building, characters, and epic politics—all condensed in them and richer for it."
From Publishers Weekly:
“Larger-than-life characters, awesome extraterrestrial settings and spectacular technology fill these two novellas…”
"Part of what makes Reynolds so effective--what makes his version of space opera New--is his ability to work at both ends of the scale, from the intimate to the very very large."
Fine in fine dj. OUT OF PRINT.