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The Alastair Reynolds book we should have read

Posted July 3, 2013 into Books by John Birmingham

Whoa.

That's right. Whoa.

Alistair Reynolds has written a Dr Who novel, and it's set in the Pertwee era, with Brigadier Lethbridge Stewart and Jo Grant and the Beardy Master. Deets at iO9, including spoilers.

"...he clearly has a lot of affection for the "UNIT family" era. But at the same time, Reynolds can't resist making things more intense and cosmic, and he winds up delving into some of the weirder contradictions of the UNIT era, including the sense that reality is always just a few threads away from unraveling, that runs underneath all the comfy "trundling around the English countryside in a yellow roadster" stuff in that era...

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Reynolds is clearly having a lot of fun getting to play around with the Doctor Who universe, and he tosses out more ideas than he quite knows what to do with, somehow making the whole thing come together at the end. He's not just revamping the Pertwee era, he's making some interesting customizations to the show's mythology in general — particularly a lot of stuff about the Time Lords, and by extension the Doctor's own origins and ideals.

Reynolds brings out a lot of the weirdness that's inherent in a paramilitary organization coping with mind-bending terrors from outer space, and a lot of the threat that UNIT is dealing with this time around turns out to be existential in nature. On the TV show, UNIT soldiers deal with being frozen in time bubbles, de-aged into babies, mind-controlled by evil computers and whisked away to an antimatter universe — but Reynolds comes up with a possibly more surreal and jarring danger for UNIT to struggle against, as a result of the Master's evil-doing."

As much as I struggled thru a few passages of Chasm City, I'll be making my way from this place directly to Audible to see if there's an audiobook. And if not, an ebook.

11 Responses to ‘The Alastair Reynolds book we should have read’

Surtac mumbles...

Posted July 3, 2013

Got my copy a week or so back but was too busy re-reading Chasm City to get to it. :)

Now onto KSR's 2312 from my Hugo voter packet, but soon I will read Al's new shiny. Soon, I tells ya.

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Murphy mutters...

Posted July 3, 2013

See, I look at that spaceship and think, "Mickey Mouse."

Don't ask me why.

Respects,

Murph

On the Outer Marches

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Maddoug swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted July 3, 2013

Well I look at that spaceship and think it's a good thing the "mouse ears" are concave instead of convex, or it wouldn't be Mickey mouse i'd be thinking of...

Will certainly pick up a copy for myself in any case, I love his books and it'll be interesting to see what he does with Pertwee's Doctor.

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Spanner asserts...

Posted July 3, 2013

Oh man *kicks nearest table* I just used my latest audible credit on Part 2 of Wise Man's Fear. I don't wanna wait another month. If only I had a time machine...

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Dino not to be confused with mutters...

Posted July 3, 2013

Time Lords

Delete or insert a bounded 'event horizon'.

I always wondered how quickly time travelled once changed.

It is instant as some would have us believe.?

How quickly can time/information dissapate?

'Non locality' and measuring Plank's constant is

Dino not to be confused with ducks in to say...

Posted July 3, 2013

It's a Lebesque

Stanislaw Ulam saw it, 0 to 1 with non linear coeffiecents making it difficult.

I'll shut up for a while and drink some pleasurable contemplation.

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Dave W is gonna tell you...

Posted July 3, 2013

Has he done any screenwriting for the current incarnation (or upcoming...)? In any case, I saw it on amazon this morning and you've just made this tome more enticing.

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Blarkon mutters...

Posted July 3, 2013

Yup - it's on Audible. I'm about half way through. The amazing thing is, especially in the first few scenes, he's managed to write aliens that look a bit like crap early 70's special effects.

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Quokka mutters...

Posted July 8, 2013

I clicked that link. ROFL and Barf, all at once.

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Quokka mutters...

Posted July 8, 2013
Eek, how did that happen? I thought I was clicking on 'respond' to Barnesm in the MOS thread. Never mind. disregard and carry on.

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