The Medusa Chronicles

{4.5/5} “We’re both in the same boat, aren’t we? Both having lived long enough to become more than a little embarrassing to our peers. Me because I’ve shown a touch too much sympathy for Machines over the years, you maybe because you’ve spent much too long in the presence of ideological contaminants like me.”

The Medusa Chronicles by Stephen Baxter & Alastair Reynolds, published in 2016

Howard Falcon heads out to an iceteroid far from Earth, where a mining operation is going on that’s worth billions. After an incident, the Machines who do the mining have stopped working. The Machine in charge, Adam, has possibly become conscious — and the powers that be want Falcon to erase the last month from its memory.

This is a sequel to Arthur C. Clarke’s story “A Meeting with Medusa.” In the hands of these 2 terrific authors, it’s a worthy sequel.

It’s episodic, with Falcon participating in important events through the centuries. There’s some astonishing speculation.

It’s about the wonder of exploration. It’s about the relations between humans, Machines, superchimps, and alien creatures.

I’ve read 10 books by Baxter. I previously reviewed his novel Ultima.

I’ve read 3 books by Reynolds. I previously reviewed his novel House of Suns.

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