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:''The Inhibitors have returned. Don't make any long-term plans.''
 
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'''''Redemption Ark''''' is a 2002 hard science fiction space opera novel by Welsh author [[Alastair Reynolds]]. It is the second book in the [[Revelation Space universe|Revelation Space series]] (the third including ''[[Chasm City (novel)|Chasm City]]'', a standalone story) and also the second in the [[::Category:Inhibitor trilogy|Inhibitor trilogy]], and it continues the story of Nevil Clavain begun in the short stories "[[Great Wall of Mars]]" and "[[Glacial]]".
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'''''Redemption Ark''''' is a 2002 hard science fiction space opera novel by Welsh author [[Alastair Reynolds]]. It is the second book in the ''[[Revelation Space]]'' series (the third including ''[[Chasm City]]'', a standalone story) and also the second in the [[::Category:Inhibitor trilogy|Inhibitor trilogy]], and it continues the story of Nevil Clavain begun in the short stories "[[Great Wall of Mars]]" and "[[Glacial]]".
   
 
==Setting==
 
==Setting==
The plot of ''Redemption Ark'' involves the pursuit of the "[[Cache Weapons|hell class]]" weapons stored on the ship ''[[Nostalgia for Infinity]]'' (introduced in ''[[Revelation Space]]''). Humanity has split into several factions. These include the [[Conjoiners]], humans who have incorporated technology that allows them not only to share thoughts, but to enhance many aspects of their existence (such as vision enhancements, pain blocking, fastidious memory collection and recall, etc.). The other featured faction is the [[Demarchists]], baseline humans who originally practiced a form of decentralised mass-participatory democracy, but whose civilisation was all but destroyed by the [[Melding Plague]]. These factions, allies before the plague, are, in the time frame of the novel, at war with each other, with a Conjoiner victory imminent.
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The plot of ''Redemption Ark'' involves the pursuit of the "[[Cache Weapons|hell class]]" weapons stored on the ship ''[[Nostalgia for Infinity]]'' (introduced in ''Revelation Space''). Humanity has split into several factions. These include the [[Conjoiners]], humans who have incorporated technology that allows them not only to share thoughts, but to enhance many aspects of their existence (such as vision enhancements, pain blocking, fastidious memory collection and recall, etc.). The other featured faction is the [[Demarchists]], baseline humans who originally practiced a form of decentralised mass-participatory democracy, but whose civilisation was all but destroyed by the [[Melding Plague]]. These factions, allies before the plague, are, in the time frame of the novel, at war with each other, with a Conjoiner victory imminent.
   
 
==Plot==
 
==Plot==
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When Clavain and Skade return to the Mother Nest, Skade, [[Remontoire]], and Felka finally convince Clavain to join the Conjoiner's leadership, which Clavain had been resisting. Skade now informs him about the Inhibitors, convincing him to undertake a mission to reclaim lost Conjoiner [[Cache Weapons]] and taking him to see [[Conjoiner Evacuation Fleet|the fleet of advanced starships]] that the Conjoiners have been building in secret. Although, Skade claims that the weapons and ships will be used to defend humanity against the Inhibitors, Clavain is convinced that they will actually be used simply to evacuate the Conjoiners and abandoning the rest of humanity. Clavain defects to the Demarchists at Yellowstone and spread the news of the Inhibitors, enlisting Antoinette Bax's help to escape the pursuing Conjoiners under Skade.
 
When Clavain and Skade return to the Mother Nest, Skade, [[Remontoire]], and Felka finally convince Clavain to join the Conjoiner's leadership, which Clavain had been resisting. Skade now informs him about the Inhibitors, convincing him to undertake a mission to reclaim lost Conjoiner [[Cache Weapons]] and taking him to see [[Conjoiner Evacuation Fleet|the fleet of advanced starships]] that the Conjoiners have been building in secret. Although, Skade claims that the weapons and ships will be used to defend humanity against the Inhibitors, Clavain is convinced that they will actually be used simply to evacuate the Conjoiners and abandoning the rest of humanity. Clavain defects to the Demarchists at Yellowstone and spread the news of the Inhibitors, enlisting Antoinette Bax's help to escape the pursuing Conjoiners under Skade.
   
Clavain is followed by [[Scorpio]] and Remontoire, but they along with Antoinette and Clavain are captured by the mysterious underground figure known as [[Sky Haussmann|H]]. H reveals what happened to Skade during a Conjoiner raid into Chasm City. This was when Skade discovered the secrets that would lead her to develop [[Inertia-suppression Machinery|inertia suppression technology]], and when H believes she was subverted by [[The Mademoiselle|an alien intellect]]. Clavain reveals Skade's plans for the Conjoiner fleet and the cache weapons, and H agrees to help him beat Skade to them. H supplies ships and his own version of the inertial suppression technology, while Scorpio supplies an army of [[Hyperpigs|hyperpigs]] for the pursuit.
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Clavain is followed by [[Scorpio]] and Remontoire, but they along with Antoinette and Clavain are captured by the mysterious underground figure known as [[Sky Haussmann|H]]. H reveals what happened to Skade during a Conjoiner raid into Chasm City. This was when Skade discovered the secrets that would lead her to develop [[Inertia-suppression Machinery|inertia suppression technology]], and when H believes she was subverted by [[The Mademoiselle|an alien intellect]]. Clavain reveals Skade's plans for the Conjoiner fleet and the cache weapons, and H agrees to help him beat Skade to them. H supplies ships and his own version of the inertial suppression technology, while Scorpio supplies an army of [[hyper-pigs]] for the pursuit.
   
 
Skade and Clavain race to the Resurgam system employing various creative long-distance strategies against each other and pushing their vessels to higher and higher speeds. Eventually, Skade's vessel is damaged in an attempt to exceed the speed of light. Clavain and crew arrive in the ''[[Zodiacal Light]]'' ready to recover the cache weapons.
 
Skade and Clavain race to the Resurgam system employing various creative long-distance strategies against each other and pushing their vessels to higher and higher speeds. Eventually, Skade's vessel is damaged in an attempt to exceed the speed of light. Clavain and crew arrive in the ''[[Zodiacal Light]]'' ready to recover the cache weapons.
   
 
===Resurgam===
 
===Resurgam===
Several years on (roughly 50 from the start of the book), [[Triumvir|triumvir]] [[Ilia Volyova]] and [[Ana Khouri]] are on the planet Resurgam and have discovered a new threat; the Inhibitors, alerted to the presence of humanity during events described in ''Revelation Space'', have begun dismantling several rocky moons across the system and are moving their components towards the gas giant, [[R|Roc]]. They resolve to evacuate Resurgam by enlisting the aide of the rebel [[Thorn]] who has been attempting to evacuate Resurgam all along, by open communications with [[Captain John Brannigan]] who is in direct control of their ship due to the nanotechnological [[Melding Plague]], and by enabling the Cache Weapons as a last resort against the Inhibitors. (These are the same weapons that Clavain will be sent to recover, and it was their activation during the events in the novel Revelation Space by Volyova which allowed the Conjoiners in Yellowstone to determine the weapons' location.)
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Several years on (roughly 50 from the start of the book), [[Triumvir Ilia Volyova]] and [[Ana Khouri]] are on the planet Resurgam and have discovered a new threat; the Inhibitors, alerted to the presence of humanity during events described in ''Revelation Space'', have begun dismantling several rocky moons across the system and are moving their components towards the gas giant, [[R|Roc]]. They resolve to evacuate Resurgam by enlisting the aide of the rebel [[Thorn]] who has been attempting to evacuate Resurgam all along, by open communications with [[Captain John Brannigan]] who is in direct control of their ship due to the nanotechnological [[Melding Plague]], and by enabling the Cache Weapons as a last resort against the Inhibitors. (These are the same weapons that Clavain will be sent to recover, and it was their activation during the events in the novel Revelation Space by Volyova which allowed the Conjoiners in Yellowstone to determine the weapons' location.)
   
 
Successful in all three endeavors Volyova, Khouri, and Thorn begin the lengthy evacuation, while the Inhibitors continue their mysterious construction project. Only a few thousand people have been evacuated from the surface when the Inhibitors come so close to Resurgam's star that Volyova begins deploying the cache weapons in the hope that they will be able to buy more time. It is at this point that a [[Beta-level Simulation|beta-level simulation]] of Clavain arrives in a laser transmission, and attempts to negotiate the peaceful turn over of the cache weapons to the soon to be arriving ''Zodiacal Light''. Volyova rejects his requests, explaining that she has greater need to the weapons and continues deploying them.
 
Successful in all three endeavors Volyova, Khouri, and Thorn begin the lengthy evacuation, while the Inhibitors continue their mysterious construction project. Only a few thousand people have been evacuated from the surface when the Inhibitors come so close to Resurgam's star that Volyova begins deploying the cache weapons in the hope that they will be able to buy more time. It is at this point that a [[Beta-level Simulation|beta-level simulation]] of Clavain arrives in a laser transmission, and attempts to negotiate the peaceful turn over of the cache weapons to the soon to be arriving ''Zodiacal Light''. Volyova rejects his requests, explaining that she has greater need to the weapons and continues deploying them.
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* The alpha-level simulation on the Storm Bird, a convicted criminal, sees his suicidal assistance to Ilia Volyova as equally redemptive.
 
* The alpha-level simulation on the Storm Bird, a convicted criminal, sees his suicidal assistance to Ilia Volyova as equally redemptive.
 
* The Inhibitors, having done severe damage to the galaxy during the Dawn War, attempt to redeem themselves by shepherding life through the Milky Way's collision with Andromeda.
 
* The Inhibitors, having done severe damage to the galaxy during the Dawn War, attempt to redeem themselves by shepherding life through the Milky Way's collision with Andromeda.
 
==See also==
 
{{Revelation Space series}}
 
   
 
==External links==
 
==External links==
*[https://www.gollancz.co.uk/titles/alastair-reynolds/redemption-ark/9780575087736/ Official site of ''Redemption Ark''] at [https://www.gollancz.co.uk/ Gollancz.co.uk]
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* [http://www.infinityplus.co.uk/nonfiction/redemptionark.htm Infinity Plus Review] by Stuart Carter
*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Redemption_Ark ''Redemption Ark''] article at [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ Wikipedia]
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* [http://www.sfsite.com/11a/ra139.htm SF Site review] by David Soyka
* Reviews
 
** [http://www.infinityplus.co.uk/nonfiction/redemptionark.htm Infinity Plus review] (by Stuart Carter) at [http://www.infinityplus.co.uk/ InfinityPlus.co.uk]
 
** [http://www.sfsite.com/11a/ra139.htm SF Site review] by David Soyka
 
**[http://www.sfbrp.com/archives/1127 ''Redemption Ark'' audio review] at [http://www.sfbrp.com/ The Science Fiction Book Review Podcast]
 
 
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