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Subterranean Press, 2011 - Fiction - 114 pages
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In novels such as Chasm City and Revelation Space, Alastair Reynolds established himself as an indisputable master of the far-flung intergalactic epic. Reynolds brings that same deceptively effortless mastery to the shorter fictional forms, a fact that Troika, his elegant, compulsively readable new novella, amply demonstrates. Troika tells the story of men and women confronting an enigma known as the Matryoshka, a vast alien construct whose periodic appearances have generated terror, wonder, and endless debate. During its third "apparition" in a remote corner of the galaxy, a trio of Russian cosmonauts approach this enigma and attempt to penetrate its mysteries. What they discover--and what they endure in the process--forms the centerpiece of an enthralling, constantly surprising narrative. Troika is at once a wholly original account of First Contact and a meditation on time, history, and the essentially fluid nature of identity itself. Suspenseful, erudite, and gracefully written, it is a significant accomplishment in its own right and a welcome addition to a remarkable body of work.

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User Review  - Daniel Fehrenbach - Goodreads

Pretty good novella that hits a bunch Reynolds' main themes: the lonely weirdness of space, complexities of travel over vast times and distances, unknowable alien technology, civilizations aging and ... Read full review

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User Review  - David - Goodreads

Pretty good overall. Interesting twist, but nothing earth-shattering here. Read full review

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Alastair Reynolds Great Britain.

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