"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.
This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:
On the Steel Breeze by Alastair Reynolds
Sept 12, 2013 (Gollancz)
It is a thousand years in the future. Mankind is making its way out into the universe on massive generation ships.
On the Steel Breeze is the follow-up to Blue Remembered Earth. It is both a sequel and a standalone novel, which just happens to be set in the same universe and revolves around members of the Akinya family.
The central character, Chiku, is totally new, although she is closely related to characters in the first book. The action involves a 220-year expedition to an extrasolar planet aboard a caravan of huge iceteroid 'holoships', the tension between human and artificial intelligence ... and, of course, elephants.
Lots of elephants.
I don't read a lot of hard SF, but I do like to dabble from time-to-time and Reynolds is an author I've had on my radar for a while now. I picked up Blue Remembered Earth last summer, and started reading, but just got sidetracked by other titles. I quiet enjoyed what I read of it, and thought it was a very interesting introduction, so I'm looking forward to catching up.