Reynolds' pursuit of truth is not limited to wide-angle star smashing - not that stars don't get pulverised when one character is gifted (or cursed) with an awful weapon by the legendary Merlin. Reynolds' protagonists find themselves in situations of betrayal, whether by a loved one's accidental death, as in 'Signal to Noise', or by a trusted wartime authority, in 'Spirey and the Queen'. His fertile imagination can resurrect Elton John on Mars in 'Understanding Space and Time' or make prophets of the human condition out of pool-cleaning robots in the title story. But overall, the stories in ZIMA BLUE represent a more optimistic take on humanity's future, a view that says there may be wars, there may be catastrophes and cosmic errors, but something human will still survive.
Alastair Reynolds is one of Gollancz's superstars Reynolds is one of the rare authors whose short stories sell just as well; his previous collection GALACTIC NORTH and his twin-novellas DIAMOND DOGS, TURQUOISE DAYS have been as successful as his novels. There is a 'Reynolds Cult' at NASA - British-born astronaut Piers Sellers was turned onto Reynolds' books by other NASA astronauts (and how cool is that?!) 'Inventive, thought-provoking stuff with some ingenious ideas' BBC 'Reynolds does short stories with particular flair, and this collection contains some spectacular sf storytelling' BOOKLIST (starred review)