Revelation Space Universe

Revelation Space Universe Chronology

After years of putting it off I’ve finally decided to delve in to Alastair Reynolds’ Revelation Space future histories. I don’t partake on these extended literary journeys lightly. I first read Revelation Space when it came out in 2000. When I concluded the final chapter it was glaringly obvious that it was the first part of a trilogy or series. I liked the work quite a bit and deemed that this was a universe I wanted to delve in to more so I put it back on my overloaded shelves . . . and waited. Why? Because I find it hard to immerse myself in settings/stories that get stretched over multiple decades in the telling. I’d rather have all works complete and accessible before diving in.   See: The Wheel of Time series which took 23 years to complete, and sits on my shelf, now, at long last, ready to be read.

It’s just an odd idiosyncrasy I have.

Thirteen years later it looks like it’s safe to delve back in to this future history as Reynolds has moved on to his Blue Remembered Earth setting and appears to be done (for now) with his Revelation Space writing. The next question is: In what order do I read these works? I decided to tackle the 5 short stories, 8 novellas, and 6 novels in chronological order, as opposed to published order.  With a little research I was able to map out the Revelation Space chronology.  Some of the years may not be exact, but I believe the order is correct.

The Revelation Space Books:

Aurora Rising (formerly The Prefect) by Alastair Reynolds    Elysium Fire by Alastair Reynolds
The Prefect Dreyfus Series

Chasm City by Alastair Reynolds    Diamond Dogs, Turquoise Days by Alastair Reynolds    Galactic North by Alastair Reynolds
Standalone novels/novellas/short stories

Revelation Space by Alastair Reynolds    Redemption Ark     Absolution Gap by Alastair Reynolds
The Inhibitor Trilogy (aka Revelation Space Trilogy)


The Revelation Space Map:

Revelation Space Map


The Revelation Space Chronology:

Red – denotes full length standalone novel.
Blue – denotes Revelation Space Trilogy novel (a.k.a. The Inhibitor Trilogy).
Green – denotes novella.
Black – denotes short story.
* – denotes recommended (but not required) pre-reading for Revelation Space Trilogy.
** – denotes recommended (but not required) reading after Absolution Gap.
*** – A Prefect Dreyfus Emergency novel/story.

Click through on the story titles for full reviews.

Great Wall of Mars * 2205 Galactic North 4 out of 5 stars
Glacial * 2217 Galactic North 3.5 out of 5 stars
A Spy in Europa 2330-40 Galactic North 2 out of 5 stars
Weather 2358 Galactic North 45stars
Aurora Rising *** 2427 Aurora Rising 4 out of 5 stars
Open and Shut *** 2427 Gollanz website TBD
Elysium Fire *** 2429 Elysium Fire 4 out of 5 stars
Diamond Dogs 2500-50 Diamond Dogs, Turquoise Days 45stars
Monkey Suit 2511 Deep Navigation 3.5 out of 5 stars
Dilation Sleep 2513-40 Galactic North 2 out of 5 stars
Chasm City * 2517-24 Chasm City 4 out of 5 stars
Grafenwalder’s Bestiary 2540 Galactic North 4 out of 5 stars
Turquoise Days 2541 Diamond Dogs, Turquoise Days 3.5 out of 5 stars
Revelation Space 2524-67 Revelation Space 4 out of 5 stars
The Last Log of the Lachrimosa c. 2500s Subterranean Press 3 out of 5 stars
Nightingale 2600 Galactic North 4 out of 5 stars
Redemption Ark 2605-51 Redemption Ark 4 out of 5 stars
Absolution Gap 2675-3000 Absolution Gap 4 out of 5 stars
Galactic North ** 2303-40000 Galactic North 3 out of 5 stars


Here’s a timeline infographic I ran across on Facebook.  I don’t know the origin as it was uploaded and not linked.  Regardless, it’s a good graphical representation of the timeline.  Note that it’s missing The Last Log of the Lachrimosa, and the short stories from Galactic North are not laid out where they should be on the timeline.

Revelation Space Chronology


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