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Alastair Reynolds has continued to publish short fiction throughout the thirty-odd years of his professional career. This fourth collection gathers material mostly written by the former space scientist in the last decade, even as a number of stories—such as the title piece, set in the universe of House of Suns—revisit earlier environments. The scope of settings is wide, ra Alastair Reynolds has continued to publish short fiction throughout the thirty-odd years of his professional career. This fourth collection gathers material mostly written by the former space scientist in the last decade, even as a number of stories—such as the title piece, set in the universe of House of Suns—revisit earlier environments. The scope of settings is wide, ranging from the contemporaneous Earth to the near future and out to the furthest realms of the galaxy, and taking in such diverse topics as the perils of immortality, cybernetic encounters in the Wild West, uncanny skateboard parks and the flocking behaviour of birds. There is horror here, but also hope—and not a little black humour. The collection includes “Open and Shut,” “Night Passage,” and “Plague Music,” a long, previously unpublished story, all three set in the Revelation Space universe. Limited: 1500 signed numbered hardcover copies Table of Contents: * Introduction: Winter Did Come * Belladonna Nights * Different Seas * For the Ages * Visiting Hours * Holdfast * The Lobby * A Map of Mercury * Magic Bone Woman * Providence * Wrecking Party * Sixteen Questions for Kamala Chatterjee * Death’s Door * A Murmuration * Open and Shut * Plague Music * Night Passage * Story Notes


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Alastair Reynolds has continued to publish short fiction throughout the thirty-odd years of his professional career. This fourth collection gathers material mostly written by the former space scientist in the last decade, even as a number of stories—such as the title piece, set in the universe of House of Suns—revisit earlier environments. The scope of settings is wide, ra Alastair Reynolds has continued to publish short fiction throughout the thirty-odd years of his professional career. This fourth collection gathers material mostly written by the former space scientist in the last decade, even as a number of stories—such as the title piece, set in the universe of House of Suns—revisit earlier environments. The scope of settings is wide, ranging from the contemporaneous Earth to the near future and out to the furthest realms of the galaxy, and taking in such diverse topics as the perils of immortality, cybernetic encounters in the Wild West, uncanny skateboard parks and the flocking behaviour of birds. There is horror here, but also hope—and not a little black humour. The collection includes “Open and Shut,” “Night Passage,” and “Plague Music,” a long, previously unpublished story, all three set in the Revelation Space universe. Limited: 1500 signed numbered hardcover copies Table of Contents: * Introduction: Winter Did Come * Belladonna Nights * Different Seas * For the Ages * Visiting Hours * Holdfast * The Lobby * A Map of Mercury * Magic Bone Woman * Providence * Wrecking Party * Sixteen Questions for Kamala Chatterjee * Death’s Door * A Murmuration * Open and Shut * Plague Music * Night Passage * Story Notes

55 review for Belladonna Nights and Other Stories

  1. 5 out of 5

    Janna M

    Between each story in this collection, I had to pause, set aside my ereader, and let the full weight soak in before diving in to the next piece. These are not lighthearted tales - each story has a soul, a past, and a future encompassed in a very few pages. Alastair Reynolds is the master of leaving you wanting more without feeling like any bit is rushed or clipped. Some universes I recognized, some were brand new, but all were deeply developed. Ever since reading Diamond Dogs, I have devoured an Between each story in this collection, I had to pause, set aside my ereader, and let the full weight soak in before diving in to the next piece. These are not lighthearted tales - each story has a soul, a past, and a future encompassed in a very few pages. Alastair Reynolds is the master of leaving you wanting more without feeling like any bit is rushed or clipped. Some universes I recognized, some were brand new, but all were deeply developed. Ever since reading Diamond Dogs, I have devoured any and all Alastair Reynolds short stories, and every single entry in Belladonna Nights is a four- or five-star read for me. Perfect for a cloudy fall night when you want to feel a little somber, but a little hopeful too.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Simms

    A very good collection, mostly science fiction but with a dab of horror thrown in. Common themes include: interplanetary colonies, telepresence robots, transhumanism, and communication with non-human intelligences -- you know, all the fun stuff. There's a welcome throwback feeling to a lot of them, back to the Arthur C. Clarke days of human colonies on places like Mercury and Venus being an inevitable, unremarkable thing (even if Reynolds's solutions for habitation there are somewhat updated fro A very good collection, mostly science fiction but with a dab of horror thrown in. Common themes include: interplanetary colonies, telepresence robots, transhumanism, and communication with non-human intelligences -- you know, all the fun stuff. There's a welcome throwback feeling to a lot of them, back to the Arthur C. Clarke days of human colonies on places like Mercury and Venus being an inevitable, unremarkable thing (even if Reynolds's solutions for habitation there are somewhat updated from the expectations of the 1950s). Reynolds does an excellent job of making you feel that there is much more going on in the worlds of each story than you see (in several cases, because they are taking place in the pasts or backgrounds of other of his novels) but as someone who has only read one of his other books I never felt like I was missing something important. I only really understood that we were dealing with a spinoff story a couple times because I know the next book by him on my list is called Chasm City and that's the setting for two of them (although the story notes afterword -- something I always love, in a collection -- makes it clear that several more are also working with pre-existing settings). It's a skill. Individual story ratings: Belladonna nights 4 Different Seas 4 For the Ages 3 Visiting Hours 4.5 Holdfast 3 The Lobby 3.5 A Map of Mercury 4 Magic Bone Woman 4.5 Providence 3 Wrecking Party 5 Sixteen Questions for Kamala Chatterjee 2 Death's Door 2 A Murmuration 5 Open and Shut 4.5 Plague Music 4 Night Passage 3.5 AVERAGE RATING: 3.72 Thanks to NetGalley and Subterranean Press for the ARC.

  3. 4 out of 5

    TimetoFangirl

    I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. "I would have been one dancer among thousands, struggling for recognition. But as a physicist I was already a singular, bright churning talent." This is a really solid collection of science-fiction short stories. The themes were cohesive, the writing had a really consistent style, and you could tell how practiced of a writer Reynolds is. Unfortunately, they aren't really for me. Reynolds has a writing style that reminds me vaguely I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. "I would have been one dancer among thousands, struggling for recognition. But as a physicist I was already a singular, bright churning talent." This is a really solid collection of science-fiction short stories. The themes were cohesive, the writing had a really consistent style, and you could tell how practiced of a writer Reynolds is. Unfortunately, they aren't really for me. Reynolds has a writing style that reminds me vaguely of Robin McKinley, where the reader just gets plopped into a story with no explanations. I can read these stories just fine with fantasy, but with sci-fi I admit I need a little more context. That said, I think a lot of readers will love this.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Paul

    Reynolds is very prolific, pretty well known after so many productive years, and writes great short stories. This is solid collection with a good variety. Recommended to scifi fans. Thanks very much for the free review copy!!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ralph Blackburn

    Belladonna Nights and Other Stories by Alastair Reynolds- 16 stories by Alastair Reynolds. My favorite would be the titled story, an original, "Belladonna Nights", as the "Thousand Nights" series, including "House of Suns" has always been my favorite of Reynolds works. Subterranean Press actually asked him to write that story to be included here. As with most anthologies there are some gems and the accompanying warts, but this collection is rather stuffed with gems. Belladonna Nights and Other Stories by Alastair Reynolds- 16 stories by Alastair Reynolds. My favorite would be the titled story, an original, "Belladonna Nights", as the "Thousand Nights" series, including "House of Suns" has always been my favorite of Reynolds works. Subterranean Press actually asked him to write that story to be included here. As with most anthologies there are some gems and the accompanying warts, but this collection is rather stuffed with gems.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jim Andrew Clark

    I really enjoy the writing style of Alastair Reynolds. He knows how to craft an intelligent story and creates very realistic science fiction. Most of the stories in this collection hit the ground running with little build up or introduction, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing, it tends to get the story moving quickly and sets a good pace to keep the reader engaged. My favorites here are "Magic Bone Woman" and "Open and Shut". This is a solid collection of well done sci-fi. Thanks to NetGalle I really enjoy the writing style of Alastair Reynolds. He knows how to craft an intelligent story and creates very realistic science fiction. Most of the stories in this collection hit the ground running with little build up or introduction, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing, it tends to get the story moving quickly and sets a good pace to keep the reader engaged. My favorites here are "Magic Bone Woman" and "Open and Shut". This is a solid collection of well done sci-fi. Thanks to NetGalley, and to Subterranean Press for putting out yet another excellent story collection and providing the opportunity to read an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

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