A marvellously sustained cosmogonic romance of the far future - where whole galaxies engage in Stapledonian dances at the behest of the trans-human Preservers.
So many unique and original ideas that it easily bears comparison with many of the greatest settings of fantasy and SF . . . Well-written and expertly told . . . May well be destined to become a classic.
A genre-bender combining the plausibility of hard sci-fi with classic fantasy themes . . . McAuley has it both ways, exploiting narrative archetypes while maintaining an air of modernity.
Full of beauty, wisdom, humanity, and grace; it is a travelogue of man's destiny, and reading it made me gladder to be alive.
A lusciously scenic quest for the past in an artificial post-human world, resulting in revelations 10 millions years deep.
A superb, wholly engaging story told by a talented and influential writer.
This is a trilogy you will want pinned to the board. This is magic.
A powerful epic that could be one of the most important in recent SF.
Rich, challenging, and inventive, with a satisfying complexity.
Exciting . . . colorful . . . highly entertaining and beautifully written, full of exotic settings, unusual characters, nuggets of scientific speculation and a healthy dose of decadence. McAuley is one of the field's finest writers and here he is writing at the top of his form.