On the Steel Breeze, Paperback
4.5 out of 5 (1 rating)


A thousand years in the future, mankind's influence expands into the universe.

Alastair Reynolds' epic vision of our journey into deep space will redefine Space Opera. Chiku Yellow is earthbound: living a peaceful life on a changing world as humanity explores a thousand new ways to experience life.

Chiku Red is space-bound: blasted into deep space to investigate Eunice Akinya's last journey, and maybe discover the final secrets of space travel. Chiku Green is planet-bound: travelling thousands of lightyears to the planet Crucible.

A new home for humankind; it's a habitable planet hosting a fascinating alien labyrinth. All three are Chiku Akinya. All three are pivotal to our future in space. All three are in danger ...


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Science fiction
  • ISBN: 9780575090477



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Continuation of the Poseidon Children, a generation down the line. Really a rather neat although somewhat confusing plot deivse has emerged. The alst book was a switch between the siblings POV as necessary. THis is a swithc between a clone's view. Chika has cloned herself into indistinguishable triplets. One (distinguished as Red by drawing the red stick - they could think of no better way) to risk fame and reward by hunting down the spaceship containing Eunice, last seen disappearing into the dark, one (green) to risk fame and fortune by being a leader in the first of the generational ships sent to Crucible to colonise and explore the alien Mandala artifact first visualise by the AI arachnae, and Yellow to suffer no risk, and remain the desired safe bet, raising a family at home. They can switch/update memories at will (although light constant limited still, so information has to get to them). THese switches become confusing at times, and you are not sure if you're reading Yellow's intepreation of Green's memories or are actually following Green. TBC

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