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Sensibly Golden Gryphon have decided to follow PS Publishing, and launch a line of limited edition novellas. The first in this series is Alastair Reynold's Turquoise Days.

Set in Reynold's Inhibitor universe of Revelation Space and many other novels, short stories and novellas (and like several other of Reynold's stories, taking its title from the world of rock music), Turquoise Days is a story of alienation, of loss, and ultimately, some form of redemption. It's a scalpel edged story, one that takes the planetary romance, pares it down to its essentials and unleashes it on the world, charged with the same dark energy as Reynold's space operas.

Turquoise isn't quite a lost colony world. The light huggers still make their way here, but it's a long way off the beaten track and visitors come decades apart. As a ship approaches the isolated world, political and cultural upheveals are expected. What Turquoise gets is something it never expected.

There aren't many aliens in Reynold's galaxy. Those that survive the Inhibitors are too alien to understand, or are hidden away behind shrouds of congealed space time. The Pattern Jugglers are among the most alien of the survivors, straddling the dividing line between intelligence and instinct. They're strangely useful too, making worlds with a Pattern Juggler population valuable assets - as they are natural recorders of minds, with the ability to layer an imprint on top of a living persona. And as their recordings go back millions of years, they're a useful tool for historians...

Turquoise is a typical Pattern Juggler world, a cold waterworld with little land. Its human colonies are floating cities, drifiting under immense balloons. It's a fragile existence, at the whim of wind, tide and Juggler. The visiting light hugger is here to investigate Turquoise's Jugglers, a scientific mission. Reynold's heroine, a scientist who's sister has been absorbed by the Juggler mass, is suspicious of their motives. Proved right when the masks come off, she has to choose between saving her world and saving the Jugglers. It's a huge decision to make...

Welcome to another window into Reynold's dark vision of tomorrow. And yet, it's strangely optimistic, and strangely beautiful. This is what happens when radical hard SF meets Jack Vance. Buy, enjoy. And if you can't get the Golden Gryphon edition with its Bob Eggleton cover, there's a combined edition of both this and the PS Publishing novella Diamond Dogs due in January.


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Oct. 30th, 2002 10:33 am (UTC)
Golden Gryphon
Yeah, GG are getting serious with this series of novellas. (They asked me if I'd write one for them; I said, "not before mid-2003, but would you like a novel instead?" and the result is due in October-December 2003.) Basically, the novella is a format that has been moribund for many years -- but between them, PS Publishing and Golden Gryphon have nearly revived it. I guess it's a backlash against all those 200,000 word novels we're seeing ...
Oct. 30th, 2002 12:46 pm (UTC)
I really liked the story and the book - but I'm a little leery of such a skinny edition selling for $15. For that I can get a tradepaperback of the Windling/Datlow collections.

Oct. 30th, 2002 11:36 pm (UTC)
I tend to think it's important to support the small presses - especially as companies like Golden Gryphon are working hard to bring back chap book novellas and the high-quality single author short story collection (a review of George Zebrowski's Swift Thoughts is coming soon). They also publish works from quality authors who are missed by mass media.

But what's as important to me as all that is that they love the genre as much as I do, and they put their hearts and souls into those books...
Nov. 4th, 2002 03:14 pm (UTC)
I like novellas. I read novellas. I even buy books of short stories.

I think I like Peter Crowther's idea of 3 novellas in a book. I'm dubious of 1 novella in a book at a ritzy price, though.

(Then again, I bought a copy of Greg Ketter's Shelf Life over the weekend - limited edition signed hardcover at $75. *sigh*)
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