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  • ISBN-13 : 978-1616961930
  • Product Dimensions : 12.7 x 3.81 x 20.32 cm
  • Paperback : 192 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1616961937
  • Publisher : Tachyon Publications (9 June 2015)
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    3.4 out of 5 stars 178 ratings

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2016 Locus Award-Winner
A Neil Clarke/Clarkesworld Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Recommended Book
2016 American Library Association Reading List Honor Title
A UK Guardian Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Book of 2015
Locus 2015 Recommended Reading List: Best Novella

"What happens to survivors at the end of an interstellar war? In the latest from Reynolds ("Revelation Space" series), refugees, soldiers, and criminals are loaded aboard the same vessel and plunged into cryo-suspension. When Scur wakes in her capsule, she's confused, as it seems far too soon and no one is in charge. With the ship's computer in terminal decline and the only stable source of information the slow bullets injected into their bodies, Scur and the other passengers must decide what's more important, their personal lives or the larger fate of humanity. VERDICT While shorter than Reynolds's usual fare, this is no less ambitious in covering vast scopes of space and time while addressing big questions. Suggest to fans of Ian MacDonald or Kim Stanley Robinson, particularly those who liked Aurora."
--Library Journal, starred review

"Reynolds does his usual fine job of creating a compelling narrative out of the classic materials of space opera as viewed through a modern sensibility and an awareness of the real science of space travel. Recommended."
--Asimov's

A Buzzfeed June pick

" 'Slow Bullets' builds nicely to an almost profound conclusion and left a big impact despite its small size."
--SFCrowsnest

"It's a compelling adventure story about people trying to make something worthwhile, after lives spent only on destruction."
--The Morning Star

"Five Stars. Slow Bullets is incredible, it is a superbly balanced story packed full of ideas and subtlety. It's also not only the finest of Reynolds work so far but it's one of the finest nuggets of science fiction you could read anywhere."
--Science Fiction Book Review

"This is not military science fiction, this is war opera. Recommended!"
--Bewildering Stories

"Slow Bullets is a huge leap forward for Alastair Reynolds"
--Strange Horizons

"Dang, Reynolds can write. This has it all: a fantastic premise, a solid protagonist, and incredible tension to carry everyone along."
--50 Book Challenge

"Alastair Reynolds' new novella Slow Bullets has the scope of a much longer work (Edward Gibbon's The Rise and Fall of the Roman Empires, say), the literary speed of the most rapidly hurtling bullet, and so many provocative scientific and / or philosophical ideas that even Steven Hawking's head might well spin with them. Moreover, Reynolds artfully compresses all these disparate elements into a portable trade paperback or a weightless e-file, the better to accommodate our busy reading habits and the more fully to entertain us. "Let me also note that Slow Bullets posits a far-future situation akin to the one that we confront on planet Earth today, but leavens his fictional crisis with a hard-won grasp of human psychology and a down-to-the-ground optimism that bestows on its readers reasons for supposing our 'dammed human race' nimble enough to overcome our demanding real-world crisis du jour. A fine example of the true science fictionist's art . . . 'with a bullet, ' as the editors at Billboard Magazine used to say."
--Michael Bishop, author of A Funeral for the Eyes of Fire, And Strange at Ecbatan the Trees, and Transfigurations

"Alastair Reynolds is the world's best writer of space opera. If you have any doubts, then read Slow Bullets."
--Allen Steele, author of Coyote and Spindrift

"The writing is tight, the characters are well developed, and the story itself moves along at a cracking pace."
--Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Corner

"Slow Bullets is classic science fiction, a space opera, a puzzle story, a character study, visionary science fiction, and a prayer for peace. I see no reason why you should not love it."
--Michael Swanwick, author of Tales of Old Earth and Dancing with Bears

"Alastair Reynolds weaves a tapestry of dark, dystopian societies in a tense, colorful narrative."
--New York Journal of Books

"...his writing mixes spartan style, provocative ideas, and flashes of dark humor.... Reynolds excels at weaving different threads together...."
--Los Angeles Review of Books

"Slow Bullets captured my attention and did not let up until the ride was over.... Highly recommended."
--SFFWorld

"It's a more intimate vision than what I encountered until now in Reynolds' books, but for this very reason it felt more profound and poignant than any other I read so far, and it gave me a new level of interpretation for this author, and a key to a new way of reading his stories. Highly recommended, both for Reynolds' admirers and as an introduction to this author."
--Space and Sorcery

"a great introduction to Reynolds' style and skill."
--Fantasy Literature

"Slow Bullets is a tightly focused tale that moves forward at a brisk and entertaining pace. It is a satisfying story of survival mixed with an intriguing mystery."
--HoloWriting

"...eminently worthwhile..."
--Green Man Review

"Fantastic little piece of space noir. It's not often a short novella will congruously go places the reader could not even guess in the first few pages, but this story does so flawlessly. As always, Reynolds writes excellent female protagonists, who get to have identities not at all anchored to their gender."
--Fat Robot

"Slow Bullets, the new novella by Alastair Reynolds is space opera condensed into one of its most potent forms. Mystery, conflict, crisis, strange aliens and a story of interstellar scope - you'll find it all..."
--Worlds in Ink

"...a captivating first-person narrative..."
--Wales Arts Review

"Highly recommended"
--Best Science Fiction Books

"Stylistically this is a masterpiece to behold. Slick and polished, Slow Bullets will please the palette of any reader of any genre, not just science fiction."
--Open Book Society

"...effortlessly genius and impossible for me to put down."
--Little Red Reviewer

"Slow Bullets is a confident read from Reynolds that will please fans and newcomers alike, and hopefully it will draw in new readers and encourage them to explore more of the writer's work. Highly Recommended."
--The Fictional Hangout

"Reynolds is good at any length, but really shines with novellas like this one."
--SF Signal

"The story that Slow Bul-lets became had me enthralled. . . . If science fiction, mystery, and political thrillers intrigue you, I highly recommend Slow Bullets."
--The Warbler

"I recommend Slow Bullets to all SF fans . . . It is a great addition to the genre, with all the conflict, science, technology and space that any SF could want in a novella."
--Always Trust in Books

"Slow Bullets is incredible, it is a superbly balanced story packed full of ideas and subtlety. It's also not only the finest of Reynolds work so far but it's one of the finest nuggets of science fiction you could read anywhere."
--SF Book Reviews

"A rousing drama of revenge - which, in a moving finale, Reynolds subverts with a wonderfully compassionate resolution."
--UK Guardian

"Science fiction as it should be written."
--Eclectic Book Review

About the Author

Alastair Reynolds is the bestselling author of twelve novels including the Revelation Space series. He has received the British Science Fiction Award for his novel Chasm City, as well as the Seiun and Sidewise awards, and was shortlisted for the Hugo and Arthur C. Clarke awards. In 2013, he published a Dr. Who tie-in novel, Harvest of Time, with BBC Books. Reynolds has a Ph. D in Astronomy and worked for the European Space Agency before he left to write full time. He currently lives with his wife in Barry, Wales.

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