So I got into Alastair Reynolds. A while ago, I stumbled over Redemption Ark, found the blurb on the back interesting, and bought it. After reading it, I went back and bought Pushing Ice, too. After that I decided that I liked the guy and that it's time I started to approach this systematically.
:) So here's my questions:
I have, so far, found five somewhat independent novels, plus the Revelation Space sequence. The five are
- Chasm City
- Century Rain
- Pushing Ice
- The Prefect
- House of Suns
Of those five, I know that The Prefect is rooted in the Revelation Space universe, and by its title I can tell that Chasm City is so, too. I know that Pushing Ice isn't.
What about the other two, Century Rain and House of Suns? Do they fit into Revelation Space universe as well?
In The Prefect the habitats around Yellowstone are still known as the Glitter Band, while in Redemption Ark, #2 of the Revelation Space sequence, they are known as the Rust Belt. Now that I try to approach this more systematically, I have started with #1 of the Revelation Space sequence, Revelation Space, among other expectations hoping to learn more about the event leading to this transformation. (The occurrence of the, um, Melding Plague?) However, it's already called the Rust Belt in that book, so the event must have happened earlier.
Is this described in detail in House of Suns?
(If so, then that would partly answer the first question as well.)
Is the third of the Revelation Space sequence, Absolution Gap, the conclusion of a trilogy or just the third step in an (as yet?) open-ended sequence?