The Medusa Chronicles

  • by Stephen Baxter, Alastair Reynolds
  • Narrated by Peter Kenny
  • 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A sequel to Sir Arthur C. Clarke's Nebula Award-winning novella A Meeting with Medusa, this novel is a continuation of the thrilling adventure of astronaut Howard Falcon, humanity's first explorer of Jupiter, from two modern science fiction masters.
Howard Falcon almost lost his life in an accident as the first human astronaut to explore the atmosphere of Jupiter - and a combination of human ingenuity and technical expertise brought him back. But he is no longer himself. Instead he has been changed into an augmented human: part man, part machine, and exceptionally capable.
With permission from the Clarke estate, Stephen Baxter and Alastair Reynolds continue this beloved writer's enduring vision and have created a fresh story for new listeners. The Medusa Chronicles charts Falcon's journey through the centuries granted by his new body but always goes back to the mysteries of Jupiter and the changing interaction between humanity and the universe. A compelling listen full of incredible action right from the beginning, this is a modern classic in the spirit of 2001 and The Martian.

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Intriguing follow-on to an Arthur C Clarke short

The Medusa Chronicles, a joint effort by Alastair Reynolds and Stephen Baxter is a follow-on story to a 1971 Arthur C Clarke short (A Meeting with Medusa) that originally appeared in a magazine (Playboy) and as such may not have enjoyed wide distribution. Howard Falcon, the main character from the Clarke short who is a cyborg, serves as a witness and participant in the passage of time within the solar system, chronicling the conquest of the planets and asteroids, the discovery of alien life, and the emergence of machine intelligence, along with political and societal upheaval. Always the mediator, go between, and negotiator, Falcon plays in central role in nearly every significant event in Earth's future history.

The sci-fi elements are a mix of rudimentary space travel, alien lifeforms within a gas giant, and the rise of machine intelligence. Perhaps more fascinating than the science fiction and the story plot is the gradual transition in presentation from the more classic sci-fi of Clarke's era to a more contemporary style as displayed by the authors' other works, leading to a progression towards a more complex, nuanced and engaging tale as the story evolves. In the end, Falcon has a Forrest Gump quality that places him squarely in the middle of every significant turning point for humanity and the other forms of life and intelligences that come to inhabit the solar system eventually becoming a type of ambassador for the whatever come next.

The narration is nicely done with a good range of voices, including the non-human entities that comprise a large set of the major players.
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- Michael G Kurilla

Oh my god

This book has some incredible plot twists that really took me by surprise - and I've read many of Alastair's books.
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- Calvin

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-07-2016
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio