On the Steel Breeze

On the Steel Breeze

by Alastair Reynolds

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The award-winning author of the Revelation Space series continues his Poseidon's Children saga as the next generation of the Akinya family crosses interstellar space seeking humanity’s future...

Chiku Akinya, great granddaughter of the legendary space explorer Eunice Akinyaand heir to the family empire, is just one among millions on a long one way journey towards a planet they hope to call their new home. For Chiku, the journey is a personal one, undertaken to ensure that the Akinya family achieves its destiny among the stars.

The passengers travel in huge self-contained artificial worlds—holoships—putting their faith in a physics they barely understand. Chiku’s ship is called Zanzibar—and over time, she will discover it contains an awesome secret—one which will lead her to question almost every certainty about her voyage, and its ultimate destiny...

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ISBN-13: 9780425256336
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/26/2015
Pages: 544
Sales rank: 331,277
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Alastair Reynolds is the author of the Poseidon’s Children series and the Revelation Space series. Born in Barry, South Wales, he studied at Newcastle University and the University of St. Andrews. A former astrophysicist for the European Space Agency, he now writes full-time.

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“Clever and creative with lots of twists, tense moments and a perfectly balanced structure…On the Steel Breeze is Reynolds in top form.”—SF Book

“For SF fans, the possibilities and imagination that has gone into the book will remind them of the heady days of Asimov and Clarke, of an age where imagination and people were more important in telling the story of humanity and guessing about its future.”—British Fantasy Society

“Few SF writers merge rousing adventure with advanced futuristic technology as skillfully as Alastair Reynolds.”—Toronto Star 

“Reynolds is a master of the slow build up leading to apocalyptic action, and On the Steel Breeze is no exception.”—National Space Society

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On the Steel Breeze 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
PhilLeader More than 1 year ago
On The Steel Breeze is the second in Reynold's Poseidon's Children trilogy and deals with the relationship between humans and artificial intelligence. Taking up the story several years after Blue Remembered Earth the main (human) protagonist is Chiku Akinya, daughter of Sunday Akinya from the first book. She has cloned herself and the three Chikus pursue different fates but their stories inevitably interact with each other.even across light years of space. One is lost in space, presumed dead. Another is on a colony ship heading to a planet that images have shown has a clearly alien structure on the surface. The third remains on Earth, presumably in safety. As the colony ships near the destination planet they are riven by internal strife and politics just as Chiku finds that things are not as they seem. There are secrets both within the colony ship and with the planet itself, secrets that are bound to cause conflict when they are brought to light. On earth it is clear that some important information has been hidden and Chiku must risk her safe existence to uncover the truth, but at a high cost. The book starts slowly, maybe a little too keen to establish who Chiku is and reinforce how the world she inhabits is different from ours. However once the story moves to the colony ships it moves along at a good pace with enough twists and surprises to keep the reader's interest. There is plenty of intrigue and it really is hard to tell where the story is going next. We have the usual 'hard physics' at work as should be expected in a Reynolds book. Except for the hand wavium 'Chibesa physics' that powers the ships, the laws of physics are rigidly adhered to. Again we see how a battle across millions of miles of space could be achieved. I found the ending to be satisfying (I have read reviews criticising it). It ties up the story of the earth based Chiku. The story for the colonists is clearly only beginning and the third book in the series is set up neatly in the epilogue, while at the same time providing closure on the fate of the colonists. My only real criticism of the book (and it in no way detracted from it) was the cloning-and-memory-merging gimmick used for the Chiku clones. Although this neatly allowed the story to move between the colony ships and the solar system, I felt that this had been explored better (and with more justification) in Reynold's novel House Of Suns. Here it just seems to be a 'sci-fieqsue' way of allowing the main protagonists to communicate and empathise across the vast tracts of space and otherwise seemed superfluous given the complex set up. Overall another excellent book from Reynolds, definitely up there with the best 'space opera' novels. I am looking forward to the third book immensely.
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Wow! Wow! Wow! Alistair Reynolds' mind is beautiful and brilliant. I've been a fan of all his books. Now, I'm convinced he belongs with Asimov, Clarke and Heinleim as a giant.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Alastair Reynolds maybe the best Sci-Fi writer out there, no he is the best:) Slow start but picked up further along with enough intensity of tension with twist and turns that kept me intrigued. Imagine three Chikus venturing and three different fates that inevitably collide with one another (clones). The authors female characters, yes undoubtedly strong and determined but don't count out the other colorful characters too. The story intertwined both science and the human side which made it fascinating to read. The ending not a surprise but what I expected, classic though! As stated in the book, It was preposterous to think that one woman could do any good, when so much was broken,yeah she thought wrong as the journey continues, CHIKU, more to come . . ? I hope so. Excellent Sci-Fi read. Won this book on Goodreads, First Read Giveaway. Thank you, Darlene Cruz
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