Ancestral Night - Elizabeth Bear

Ancestral Night

By Elizabeth Bear

  • Release Date: 2019-03-05
  • Genre: Science Fiction
Score: 4
From 5 Ratings


A space salvager and her partner make the discovery of a lifetime that just might change the universe in this wild, big-ideas space opera from multi award-winning author Elizabeth Bear.

Halmey Dz and her partner Connla Kurucz are salvage operators, living just on the inside of the law...usually. Theirs is the perilous and marginal existence—with barely enough chance of striking it fantastically big—just once—to keep them coming back for more. They pilot their tiny ship into the scars left by unsuccessful White Transitions, searching for the relics of lost human and alien vessels. But when they make a shocking discovery about an alien species that has been long thought dead, it may be the thing that could tip the perilous peace mankind has found into full-out war.

Energetic and electrifying, Ancestral Night is a dazzling new space opera, sure to delight fans of Alastair Reynolds, Iain M. Banks, and Peter F. Hamilton.


  • Disappointing and boring

    By Kolsky
    TL,WR ? - A boring novel, written by a talented author. Sad really. Comparing this novel to Banks is frankly insulting. What a disappointment - Bear is generally a clever author. This novel had such potential, yet it quickly degenerated into hundreds of pages of mind numbing, grinding self reflection. It goes on, and on and on. The high points of Ancestral Night are the very rare pieces that actually deal with the plot. The good news is this - the plot is so simple that you’re not missing anything.