Fantasycon 2023 - 15th - 17th September
The Leornardo Royal Hotel, Birmingham, UK
Alastair Reynolds was born in Barry, South Wales, in 1966. He studied at Newcastle and St Andrews Universities and has a Ph.D. in astronomy. He stopped working as an astrophysicist for the European Space Agency to become a full-time writer. Revelation Space (2000) and Pushing Ice (2005) were shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award; Revelation Space, Absolution Gap (2003), Diamond Dogs (2001) and Century Rain (2004) were shortlisted for the British Science Fiction Award, and Chasm City (2001) won the British Science Fiction Award. The novella, Slow Bullets (2018), won the Locus Award.
There is an effortlessness to Reynolds' writing. The science in his fiction is strong when it needs to be, but doesn't inhibit his storytelling. Space pirates, Far future police adventures, Doctor Who stories and more all litter his portfolio of work. Even in the darkest moments of his stories, you get the sense that this is an author who is having fun, he enjoys telling stories, letting his imagination roam free upon the page. Big imagery and big ideas are described and rationalised with a careful grace that makes it all look deceptively simple. However, that deft touch isn't confined to the science. Seemingly unconnected narratives from the start of his novels are often woven together to make the conclusion a fascinating jigsaw of character arcs.
Recently Reynolds' work has been adapted by Netflix in the popular series of science fiction shorts, Love, Death and Robots. The short stories, "Zima Blue" and "Beyond the Aquila Rift" are both part of the first season of standalone science fiction adaptations. Both are clever shorts, with twists and reveals that illuminate the mysterious circumstances described, but that also linger a little while to allow characters and readers to consider the implications of what they have learned.
The third book in the Prefect Dreyfuss Emerncy Series , Machine Vendetta is published in September 2023.
You can learn more about Alastair Reynolds by visiting www.alastairreynolds.com.
Fantasycon 2023 is proud and privileged to have Alastair Reynolds as a guest of honour for this year’s convention.