Alastair Reynolds is a British author of science fiction. One of my favorites, you’re missing a special treat if you have yet discovered his Revelation Space series. I started with Chasm City, my favorite, and I am now rereading the other three, beginning with Revelation Space, then Redemption Ark and concluding with Absolution Gap. There are also several short works set in Revelation Space, but the four books listed above are the main books thus far. I continue to hope for more.