By Alastair Reynolds
This attractive sequel to Revelation Space starts off overdue within the twenty-sixth century. The human race has complex sufficient to incidentally set off alien machines designed to discover clever life--and wreck it.
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The ship’s biochemical recycling approaches had some time past escaped human regulate. rather than crashing, they'd advanced madly, including bizarre suggestions loops and thrives. It used to be a continuing and wearying conflict to avoid the send from drowning in its personal effluent. Volyova had put in bilge pumps at hundreds of thousands of destinations, redirecting the slime again to significant processing vats the place crude chemical brokers may degrade it. The drone of the bilge pumps supplied a history to each suggestion, like a unmarried sustained organ be aware. The sound was once continually there. She had easily stopped noticing it. If one knew the place to appear, and if one had the actual visible knack for extracting styles from chaos, possible with reference to inform the place the reefersleep casket have been. whilst she had allowed him to warm—she had fired a flèchette around into the casket’s regulate system—he had began to devour the encircling send at a significantly sped up fee, ripping it aside atom by means of atom and merging it with himself. the warmth were like a furnace. She had now not waited to work out what the results of the ameliorations will be, however it had appeared transparent adequate that the Captain might proceed till he had assimilated a lot of the send. As bad as that prospect were, it were premier to letting the send stay within the regulate of one other monster: solar Stealer. She had was hoping that the Captain might achieve wresting a few keep an eye on from the parasitic intelligence that had invaded Nostalgia for Infinity. She had, remarkably, been correct. The Captain had ultimately subsumed the total send, warping it to his personal feverish whim. there has been, Volyova knew, anything exact approximately this actual case of plague an infection. so far as someone knew there has been just one pressure of Melding Plague, and the infection that had reached the send was once an analogous type that had performed such harm within the Yellowstone method and in other places. Volyova had visible photos of Chasm urban after the plague, the twisted and ugly structure that the town had assumed, like a ailing dream of itself. yet whereas these alterations possessed every now and then what seemed to were objective, or maybe artistry, no genuine intelligence will be stated to lie in the back of them. The shapes the constructions had taken on have been in a few experience pre-ordained by way of their underlying biodesign rules. yet what had occurred on Infinity was once assorted. The plague had inhabited the Captain for lengthy years ahead of reshaping him. was once it attainable that a few symbiosis have been completed, and that after the plague ultimately went wild, eating and changing the send, the modifications have been in a few feel expressions of the Captain’s unconscious? She suspected so, and even as was hoping now not. For irrespective of which approach one checked out it, the send had turn into anything gigantic. while Khouri had arise from Resurgam, Volyova had performed her top to be blasé in regards to the adjustments, yet that act were as a lot for her profit as Khouri’s. The send unnerved her on many degrees. almost immediately sooner than she had allowed him to hot, she had come to an realizing of the Captain’s crimes, gaining a fleeting glimpse into the cloister of guilt and hate that used to be his brain.