Condition: read twice
Reynold's sequel to "Revelation Space"
brings in "time-travel" of sorts. Not of actual
objects or even people, but in form of memories and
thoughts travelling from the future of a parallel universe
back into the past of our own.
Mankind is having a war of its own (technologically
"enhanced" vs. "all natural") while
a mechanical race, whose duty it is to extinguish space-faring
intelligence is setting up camp to come after mankind.
Simply because some people were curious enough in the
first book to trigger the alarm.
Reynolds takes human nature and fights and sets them
against a meta-level. And as if that weren't enough
he now introduces another meta-level: The "Inhibitors"
(or "wolves") actually don't object to space-faring
intelligence (getting rid of it whereever it pops up),
they "trim it down" in order to guide "intelligence"
itself through an even bigger catastrophe to come ...
It does move at a steady pace, this one, with different
storylines joining up neatly. It does feel a bit tacky
at certain times, especially the Clavain character is
oddly reminding me of Perry Rhodan. But hey, it is extremely
well written, holds the tension and makes you want to
read the third book.