Beyond the Aquila Rift

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Beyond the Aquila Rift
Beyond the Aquila Rift Alastair Reynolds.jpg
AuthorAlastair Reynolds
CountryUnited Kingdom
GenreScience fiction
Publication date
30 June 2016
Media typePrint (hardback & paperback)
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LC ClassPR6068.E95 A6 2016

Beyond the Aquila Rift is a 2016 collection of science fiction short stories and novellas by British author Alastair Reynolds, published by Gollancz, and edited by Jonathan Strahan and William Schafer. It contains works previously published in other venues. The collection features several stories connected to Reynolds's previous stories and novels. "Great Wall of Mars", "Weather", Last Log of the Lachrymosa, and Diamond Dogs take place in the Revelation Space universe, Thousandth Night takes place in the same universe as House of Suns, and "The Water Thief" takes place in the Poseidon's Children universe.


Title First appearance Date
"Great Wall of Mars" Spectrum SF 1[1] 2000
"Weather" Galactic North[2] 2006
"Beyond the Aquila Rift" Constellations[3] 2005
Minla's Flowers The New Space Opera[4] 2006
"Zima Blue" Postscripts #4[5] 2005
"Fury" Eclipse Two: New Science Fiction and Fantasy[6] 2008
"The Star Surgeon's Apprentice" The Starry Rift[7] 2008
"The Sledge-Maker's Daughter" Interzone #209[8] 2007
Diamond Dogs Diamond Dogs, Turquoise Days[9] 2003
Thousandth Night One Million A.D.[10] 2005
Troika Godlike Machines[11] 2010
"Sleepover" The Mammoth Book of Apocalyptic SF[12] 2010
"Vainglory" Edge of Infinity[13] 2008
"Trauma Pod" Armored[14] 2012
The Last Log of the Lachrymosa Subterranean Online[15] 2014
"The Water Thief" Arc 1.1[16] 2008
"The Old Man and the Martian Sea" Life on Mars[17] 2011
"In Babelsberg" Reach for Infinity[18] 2014


On 10 March 2019 Alastair Reynolds announced that his short story "Beyond the Aquila Rift" was adapted as part of Netflix's animated anthology Love, Death & Robots. This story, along with "Zima Blue" are the first Reynolds' works to be adapted for TV or film.[19]

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  1. ^ "Spectrum SF Inventory". Spectrum SF. Archived from the original on 2001-04-05.
  2. ^ Reynolds, Alastair (2006). Galactic North. London: Gollancz. ISBN 978-0-5750-8312-7.
  3. ^ Crowther, Peter, ed. (2005). Constellations: The Best of New British SF. New York: DAW Books. ISBN 978-0-7564-0234-1.
  4. ^ Dozier, Gardner; Strahan, Jonathan, eds. (2006). The New Space Opera. New York: Eos. ISBN 978-0-0608-4675-6.
  5. ^ "SF Site Lists". SF Site. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2017-10-27.
  6. ^ Strahan, Jonathan, ed. (2008). Eclipse Two: New Science Fiction and Fantasy. San Francisco: Night Shade Books. ISBN 978-1-5978-0136-2.
  7. ^ Strahan, Jonathan, ed. (2008). The Starry Rift. New York: Viking. ISBN 978-0-6700-6059-7.
  8. ^ "Greg Egan's Interzone Index". TTA Press. Archived from the original on 2017-09-09. Retrieved 2017-10-27.
  9. ^ Reynolds, Alastair (2003). Diamond Dogs, Turquoise Days. London: Gollancz. ISBN 0-575-07526-0.
  10. ^ Dozier, Gardner, ed. (2005). One Million A.D. Garden City (New York): Science Fiction Book Club. ISBN 978-0-7394-6273-7.
  11. ^ Strahan, Jonathan, ed. (2010). Godlike Machines. Garden City (New York): Science Fiction Book Club. ISBN 978-1-6166-4759-9.
  12. ^ Ashley, Michael, ed. (2010). The Mammoth Book of Apocalyptic SF. London: Running Press. ISBN 978-1-8490-1495-3.
  13. ^ Strahan, Jonathan, ed. (2008). Edge of Infinity. Oxford: Solaris. ISBN 978-1-7810-8056-6.
  14. ^ Adams, John Joseph, ed. (2012). Armored. Riverdale (New York): Baen Publishing Enterprises. ISBN 978-1-4516-3817-2.
  15. ^ Reynolds, Alastair (2014). "Last Log of the Lachrymosa". Subterranean Press. Archived from the original on 2016-12-09. Retrieved 2017-10-27.
  16. ^ "Arc 1.1 / The Future Always Wins". Arcfinity. 2008. Archived from the original on 2016-10-27. Retrieved 2017-10-27.
  17. ^ Strahan, Jonathan, ed. (2011). Life on Mars. New York: Viking. ISBN 978-1-1015-0444-4.
  18. ^ Strahan, Jonathan, ed. (2014). Reach for Infinity. Oxford: Solaris. ISBN 978-1-7810-8202-7.
  19. ^ Reynolds, Alastair. "Love, Death & Robots". Approaching Pavonis Mons by balloon (author's official blog). Retrieved 12 March 2019.