Revelation Space

The Revelation Space universe is a fictional universe which was created by Alastair Reynolds and used as the setting for a number of his novels and stories. Its fictional history follows the human species through various conflicts from the relatively near future (roughly 2200) to approximately AD 40000 (all the novels to date are set between 2427 and 2727, although certain stories extend beyond this period). It takes its name from Revelation Space, which was the first published novel set in the universe.

The main trilogy (also known as the Inhibitor trilogy) consists of 1) Revelation Space, 2) Redemption Ark and 3) Absolution Gap, and deals with humanity coming to the attention of the inhibitors and the resultant war between them.

Revelation Space consists of four primary works, and includes five additional books that complement the series but are not considered mandatory reads, and the series is set to expand with the upcoming release of one more book. The current recommended reading order for the series is provided below.


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(Revelation Space #0.5 / 5)
2001 | science fiction, cyberpunk, space opera
(Revelation Space #1 / 5)
2000 | science fiction, cyberpunk, space opera
(Revelation Space #1.3 / 5)
2001 | science fiction, space opera
(Revelation Space #1.4 / 5)
2002 | science fiction, space opera
(Revelation Space #1.5 / 5)
2002 | science fiction, space opera, short stories
(Revelation Space #2 / 5)
2002 | science fiction, cyberpunk, space opera
(Revelation Space #3 / 5)
2003 | science fiction, cyberpunk, space opera
(Revelation Space #3.5 / 5)
2006 | science fiction, space opera, short stories
(Revelation Space #4 / 5)
2021 | science fiction, space opera
(Revelation Space #5 / 5)
2024 | science fiction, space opera | Release date 2024