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Adrian Tchaikovsky

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Adrian Tchaikovsky is a British fantasy and science fiction author, born on June 14, 1972 in Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire. He studied Zoology and Psychology at the University of Reading. His career focus changed to law and has worked as a Legal Executive in both Reading and Leeds. He's the author of näytä lisää the Shadows of the Apt series, and his standalone novel Children of Time is the winner of the 2016 Arthur C Clarke Award for Best Science Fiction Novel. (Bowker Author Biography) näytä vähemmän

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Tekijän teokset

Children of Time (2015) 3,551 kappaletta
Children of Ruin (2019) 1,259 kappaletta
Empire in Black and Gold (2008) 1,131 kappaletta
Shards of Earth (2021) 707 kappaletta
Dragonfly Falling (2009) 595 kappaletta
Elder Race (2021) 514 kappaletta
Blood of the Mantis (2009) 500 kappaletta
Children of Memory (2022) 460 kappaletta
The Doors of Eden (2020) 456 kappaletta
Salute the Dark (2010) 430 kappaletta
Dogs of War (2017) 370 kappaletta
Cage of Souls (2019) 360 kappaletta
The Tiger and the Wolf (2016) 357 kappaletta
The Scarab Path (2010) 356 kappaletta
Eyes of the Void (2022) 318 kappaletta
City of Last Chances (2022) 270 kappaletta
The Sea Watch (2011) 262 kappaletta
Guns of the Dawn (2015) 261 kappaletta
The Expert System's Brother (2018) 254 kappaletta
Heirs of the Blade (2011) 241 kappaletta
Lords of Uncreation (2023) 192 kappaletta
Walking to Aldebaran (2019) 188 kappaletta
Redemption's Blade (2018) 179 kappaletta
The Air War (2012) 178 kappaletta
Made Things (2019) 166 kappaletta
War Master's Gate (2013) 159 kappaletta
One Day All This Will Be Yours (2021) 157 kappaletta
Bear Head (2021) 151 kappaletta
Spiderlight (2016) 150 kappaletta
The Bear and the Serpent (2017) 132 kappaletta
Ogres (2022) 131 kappaletta
Firewalkers (2020) 129 kappaletta
The Seal of the Worm (2014) 128 kappaletta
Ironclads (2018) 109 kappaletta
The Hyena and the Hawk (2018) 102 kappaletta
The Expert System's Champion (2021) 101 kappaletta
House of Open Wounds (2023) 66 kappaletta
And Put Away Childish Things (2023) 54 kappaletta
Precious Little Things (2019) 37 kappaletta
Spoils of War (2016) 36 kappaletta
The Private Life of Elder Things (2016) 32 kappaletta
For Love of Distant Shores (2018) 24 kappaletta
Alien Clay (2024) 22 kappaletta
The King Must Fall (2022) 18 kappaletta
Service Model (2024) 17 kappaletta
The tales of Catt & Fisher (2020) 15 kappaletta
Feast and famine (2013) 13 kappaletta
Terrible Worlds: Revolutions (2023) 12 kappaletta
The Alchemy Press Book of Ancient Wonders (2012) — Avustaja — 6 kappaletta
Short Changes 3 kappaletta
The Dreams of Avaris 3 kappaletta
Spadkobiercy ostrza (2012) 2 kappaletta
Gli occhi del vuoto: Vol. 2 (2023) 2 kappaletta
Le porte dell'Eden (2021) 2 kappaletta
The Prince 2 kappaletta
Portal der Welten (2021) 2 kappaletta
To Own the Sky 2 kappaletta
Fallen Heroes 2 kappaletta
Camouflage 2 kappaletta
Shadow Hunters 1 kappale
Sword and Circle 1 kappale
Fabled Journey 1 kappale
Idle Hands 1 kappale
Trescafocs (2021) 1 kappale
Loyalties 1 kappale
Die Augen der Galaxis (2023) 1 kappale
Děti vzpomínek 1 kappale
Pipework 1 kappale
Reading Between the Lines (2013) 1 kappale
The Naturalist 1 kappale
Summer's End (2016) 1 kappale

Associated Works

The Time Traveller's Almanac (2013) — Avustaja — 565 kappaletta
Solaris Rising 2: The New Solaris Book of Science Fiction (2013) — Avustaja — 66 kappaletta
The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy, 2017 Edition (2017) — Avustaja — 65 kappaletta
Dark Currents (2012) — Avustaja — 51 kappaletta
The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume 6 (2021) — Avustaja — 42 kappaletta
Burning Brightly: 50 Years of Novacon (2021) — Avustaja — 33 kappaletta
Paradox: Stories Inspired by the Fermi Paradox (2014) — Avustaja — 25 kappaletta
Legends: Stories in Honour of David Gemmell (2013) — Avustaja — 23 kappaletta
Dracula: Rise Of The Beast (2018) — Avustaja — 18 kappaletta
Once Upon a Parsec: The Book of Alien Fairy Tales (2019) — Avustaja — 15 kappaletta
Fantasy-Faction Anthology (2015) — Tekijä — 14 kappaletta
Grimdark Magazine #1 (2014) — Avustaja — 14 kappaletta
Avatars Inc (2020) — Avustaja — 13 kappaletta
Tor.com Short Fiction: Fall 2019 (2019) — Avustaja — 13 kappaletta
Hauntings (2012) — Avustaja — 13 kappaletta
The Tor.com Sampler (2016) — Avustaja — 11 kappaletta
Inferno! Tales from the Worlds of Warhammer: Volume 6 (2021) — Avustaja — 10 kappaletta
Knee-Deep in Grit: Two Bloody Years of Grimdark Fiction (2018) — Avustaja — 9 kappaletta
Vivisepulture (2011) — Avustaja — 9 kappaletta
Winter Tales (2016) — Avustaja — 8 kappaletta
Myriad Lands: Volume 2: Beyond the Edge (2016) — Avustaja — 8 kappaletta
Tales of the Nun and Dragon (2012) — Avustaja — 6 kappaletta
The Alchemy Press Book of Urban Mythic 2 (2014) — Avustaja — 6 kappaletta
Wicked Women (2014) — Avustaja — 6 kappaletta
The Girl at the End of the World Book 2 (Girl Cover) (2014) — Avustaja — 3 kappaletta
Eve of War (2016) — Avustaja — 3 kappaletta
Tales of Eve (2013) — Avustaja — 3 kappaletta
The Alchemy Press Book of Urban Mythic (2013) — Avustaja — 3 kappaletta
Newcon Press Sampler — Avustaja — 1 kappale
White Dwarf 478 (2022) — Avustaja — 1 kappale
Unexpected Journeys — Avustaja — 1 kappale
BSFA Awards 2022 (2023) — Avustaja — 1 kappale

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Follow-up to City of Last Chances, it follows one of the characters—an embittered priest who can’t seem to get rid of his god of healing—who’s captured by the fascist Palleseen and put to work in an experimental hospital, where they allow otherwise forbidden magics if they’re in the service of healing Palleseen soldiers. The various characters all have their reasons for aiding the war machine, from ambition to dull acceptance, and the key question of the book is whether there is anything in the future but relentless horror for them. I quite enjoyed it (despite this description!).… (lisätietoja)
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rivkat | 1 muu arvostelu | Apr 11, 2024 |
This is sort of Mash by way of Perdido Street Station, or a dirty dozen of conscripts and criminals deal with what comes out of the grinders of war waged by the purifying army of Pall. Pocket Gods down to their last worshiper give service in the hospital tent of the Butcher in an army that consumes Gods to fuel the weapons and machines of its wars, deals with demons and herds ghosts. An army which has no place for a healed soldier who, according to the rules of the God who brought them back from the brink of death, can do nothing to harm another person without being immediately un-healed. It takes the length of a rather long book to work it's way through to a significant conclusion, but no reader can say it wasn't telegraphed.… (lisätietoja)
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quondame | 1 muu arvostelu | Mar 27, 2024 |
Children of Time is the first book in a trilogy of the same name by Adrian Tchaikovsky. It won the Arthur C. Clarke Award in 2016, and the trilogy was awarded the Hugo for Best Series in 2023.

I really enjoyed this novel, which is cleverly done on several levels, tackling some big themes including the future of humanity, god-like technology, and xenophobia.

We start with the point of view of Dr. Avrana Kern, whose personality at the start of the novel seems based on someone like Margaret Thatcher, arrogantly certain that her view of the world is the correct one.

In the far future humanity has developed the ability to travel between stars (though at less than light-speed) and to terraform planets to make them suitable for human habitation. The expedition led by Avrana Kern, however, has a more ambitious project: to raise up another species to sentience. The planet she egotistically dubs "Kern's World" has already been successfully terraformed and seeded with a wide variety of Earth plants and lifeforms. Now the plan is to introduce a large contingent of monkeys, alongside a virus which should speed up their evolutionary development. Freed from the historical baggage of humans on Earth, what kind of being and society will develop here?

Alas for Dr. Kern, her mission is sabotaged and her starship destroyed by a radical group fighting against the idea of interfering with the evolution of other species. Kern alone manages to escape into an orbiting satellite. Unknown to her, the landing craft containing her "barrel of monkeys" burns up in the atmosphere and all the monkeys are killed.

However, the capsule containing the evolutionary virus does make it down to the surface. The virus was tailored so as not to affect other mammals which might compete with the monkeys. In their absence, however, it finds receptive non-mammalian hosts. One of these is a species of jumping spider, Portia labiata, and the virus begins its slow work.

The story then splits into two parallel streams. One of these streams deals with the slow evolutionary development of the spiders, which become larger and more intelligent as time passes, to the point where they have a recognisable civilisation. Some wonderful world- and culture-building here, with the spider society based on webs and the control of other species such as ant colonies.

The other stream deals with the remnants of humanity, in desperate search for a new home. Many thousands of years after Kern's experiment goes astray, an ark-ship, the Gilgamesh, leaves a ravaged Earth carrying all that is left of humanity. They are delighted to find a green world apparently perfectly designed for them. Alas, they are to be disappointed.

In both streams of the story we are introduced to interesting characters (though admittedly none of them have any great depth). In the spider stream we have characters who the narrator dubs as "Portia", "Bianca", "Viola" and "Fabian" though of course these are not their real names. These notional names are re-used as the generations pass, and serve to give us a feeling of continuity, although the individuals involved differ. In the human stream the most important characters are Holsten Mason, a "classicist" who has studied the ancient culture from which Dr. Kern came, and can help translate; and Issa Lain, the female Chief Engineer of the Gilgamesh.

Each of the narrative streams is full of interest in its own right, and I certainly won't attempt to try to detail all of what happens in the novel.

Let me just say that it’s a testament to Tchaikovsky's skill as a writer that when the inevitable, existential conflict occurs between the spiders and humanity, I found myself wanting to cheer on the side of the spiders.

I though this was a terrific work of hard science fiction, a really engaging and often very thoughtful story with many interesting twists and turns (I particularly liked the fight for gender equality in the spider civilisation). Yes, you could claim there's not a lot of character development or depth, but even on that front it compares pretty well with most works of hard SF.

I'll certainly be going on to read the rest of this series, and I'll also be checking out some other books by Tchaikovsky.
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davidrgrigg | 145 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Mar 23, 2024 |



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