By Alastair Reynolds
Alastair Reynolds's severely acclaimed debut has redefined the distance opera with a mind-blowing trip throughout massive gulfs of time and area to confront the very nature of fact itself.
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She heard the reverberation of their retreat and the sound of footsteps across the terrazzo. Minutes passed, and then she knew that she was completely alone. Until something moved behind her. Khouri spun round, automatically bringing the toxin gun to bear, another dart in the chamber. A palanquin emerged from between two shrines. ' She lowered the gun -- it was of little use anyway, with the toxin keyed so precisely to Taraschi's biochemistry. But this was not Case's palanquin: it was unmarked, unornamented black.
The shutters whisked open. 'Where you always were,' the Mademoiselle said. She was looking out across Chasm City. But it was from a higher vantage point than she had ever known. She was actually above the Mosquito Net, perhaps fifty metres from its stained surface. The city lay below the Net like a fantastically spiny sea-creature preserved in formaldehyde. She had no idea where she was; except that this had to be one of the tallest buildings; one that she had probably assumed was uninhabited.
She wore no clothes, but apart from eyes, nostrils, mouth and ears, her skin was seamless, like an all-enveloping sheath of ebony neoprene. Her breasts lacked nipples; her fingers were dainty but without nails, and her toes were little more than vague suggestions, as if she had been rendered by a sculptor anxious to begin another commission. As Volyova sat down, Kjarval observed her with indifference that was a little too studied to be genuine. 'It's good to have you with us,' Sajaki said. 'You've been very busy while we were sleeping.
Revelation Space by Alastair Reynolds