Profile: Hard Science Fiction, Space Opera
Summary: From the back of the book, “Six million years ago, at the dawn of the starfaring era, Abigail Gentian fractured herself into a thousand male and female clones, which she called shatterlings. She sent them out into the galaxy to observe and document the rise and fall of countless human empires. Since then, they gather every two hundred thousand years to exchange news and memories of their travels. Only there is no thirty-second reunion. Someone is eliminating the Gentian Line. And now Campion and Purslane – two shatterlings who have fallen in love and shared experiences in a way forbidden to them – must determine exactly who, or what, their enemy is, before they are wiped out of existence…”
When I started pulling my thoughts together for my review of Alistair Reynolds’ House of Suns, I found myself getting bogged down in a pile of science fiction terminology and information that might be useful for people who aren’t big SF readers, but just slows down the book review. So I thought I’d break up the review into a quick examination of the subject matter, followed by the review of the actual literary work. We’ll see how this goes.