The Prefect

The Prefect

by Alastair Reynolds

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Critically-acclaimed author Alastair Reynolds creates “a fascinating hybrid of space opera, police procedural and character study”(Publishers Weekly) in this novel in his Revelation Space universe.

Tom Dreyfus is a Prefect, a law enforcement officer with the Panoply. His beat is the Glitter Band, that vast swirl of space habitats orbiting the planet Yellowstone, the teeming hub of a human interstellar empire spanning many worlds.
His current case: investigating a murderous attack against one of the habitats that leaves nine hundred people dead. But his investigation uncovers something far more serious than mass slaughter—a covert plot by an enigmatic entity who seeks nothing less than total control of the Glitter Band.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780441017225
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/26/2009
Series: Revelation Space Series , #7
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 576
Sales rank: 264,186
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Alastair Reynolds is the author of the Poseidon’s Children series and the Revelation Space series. Born in Barry, South Wales, he studied at Newcastle University and the University of St. Andrews. A former astrophysicist for the European Space Agency, he now writes full-time.

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"A fascinating hybrid of space opera, police procedural and character study.... This is solid British SF adventure, evoking echoes of le Carre and Sayers with a liberal dash of Doctor Who." —-Publishers Weekly

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Prefect 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Panoply Prefect Tom Dreyfus is a highly regarded law enforcement official whose beat is the Glitter Band habitats that surround Yellowstone planet. His superior Jane Aumonier assigns him to investigate the shocking destruction of Ruskin-Sartorious Bubble habitat that left over nine hundred dead in a mass murder attack. Tom understands the signifcance of the motive is not just to help identify the culprits, but to understand why so as to prevent more assaults on innocent people. ---- At the same time that Tom begins his inquiries into the horrific case, Deputy Field Prefect Thalia Ng works on programming to prevent fraudulent voting following an incident at the House Perigal in which six died. As Tom works his case and Thalia tests her patch, Jane is removed from duty at a time she is considered critical by field prefects. Tom believes an unknown person or group has put together a clever diabolical plot to take control of the entire Glitter Band. ---- The latest Revelation Space thriller is an excellent science fiction police procedural as Dreyfus is at his best uncovering a conspiratorial scheme one clue at a time. The story line is fast-paced as the Prefects investigate several goings-on besides the prime mass murder case interestingly Alastair Reynolds cleverly uses the cases to provide some history and geography enough for newcomers to understand the Glitter Band and for long term fans not to be irritated. Although the conspirators remain for the most part behind the scenes so never flushed out beyond their objective, fans will appreciate this excellent whodunit in Outer Space. ---- Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read it a couple years ago through a sample in an online book club. It completely consumed my imagination. It was all i thought and talked about for weeks. Back then i hadnt either heard of Alastair or his revelation series. But neither of those facts stopped me from loving this book! Afterward i went backwards and im currently starting Absolution Gap. Im as excited now as i was back then for his books. Its does have a slight Asimov feel, ive read the entirety of his Foundation series but i think i like the Revelation Space trilogy even more, thats saying something.
EricABQ More than 1 year ago
Alastair Reynolds once again delivers a strong scifi story set in his Revelation space universe.
paulmorriss on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I got this book because an article about Iain M Banks said "if you like him then you'll like Alastair Reynolds". They were right. This is space opera - a detective story set in space. It's full of mind-boggling concepts, like people who live on inside machines after their death.
slothman on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Alastair Reynolds treats us to a far-future police procedural in the Glitter Band, the ring of ten thousand habitats orbiting the planet Yellowstone in the Epsilon Eridani system, and gives us a good look at how his future direct-democratic government called demarchy works.The story follows the investigations of Thalia Ng¿ a specialist in the voting technology that makes demarchy work¿ and her boss, Tom Dreyfus, a seasoned field prefect with a strong dedication to follow justice no matter where it leads. As they separately deal with a bug fix to centuries-old voting code and the mysterious destruction of an obscure orbital habitat, they uncover problems related to the troubled history of the development of artificial intelligence technology.Like the rest of the Revelation Space books, this one is fairly dark; the tale stands well on its own, and should be a good read for people who have not previously read Reynolds¿ work.
kd9 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have loved Alastair Reynolds fiction since his first book Revelation Space, but my favorite book of his is Chasm City. This book takes place around the same planet, Yellowstone, but in the Glitter Band, a circular parking orbit of ten thousand different habitats. The habitats have ten thousand different cultures as long as every person has the right to vote. And the Panoply enforces this right to vote.When a smaller habitat is destroyed and a minor computer bug fix turns into a major computer incursion, Senior Field Agent Dreyfuss slowly realizes that there is a sinister AI behind these events that is determined to take over the entire Glitter Band. The descriptions of the various habitat cultures are inventive. The mysteries are compelling and the action is headlong. I especially like the secondary characters with their own hidden strengths. My only caveat is that the human antagonist escapes too easily at the end and sets up an unwarranted confrontation with Dreyfuss. I am definitely putting this excellent book on my short list for the Hugos.
jobbi on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Slightly disappointing. While it's great to see a return to the Revelation Space universe, this book doesn't quite have the epic scale of Redemption Ark or Absolution nor the gritty, focussed narrative of Chasm City. It's more predictable than the other books in the series and concentrates more on neat concepts and imagery rather than plot. Still, an engrossing read nonetheless.
wfzimmerman on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Solid Reynolds. A prequel to the REVELATION SPACE series and a good place to start reading. Doesn't deliver the same (high) sense of wonder as the later volumes in the series. It's hard to like the Panoply -- a government whose symbol is the clenched fist. Also, although the cultural background is "Canasian", and it's contrasted from the preceding "Americano", it doesn't seem much different.
daniel.links on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If you haven't read any Alastair Reynolds books go and read Revelation Space, one of the best science fiction novels ever.This novel returns us to that fictional universe, and so pleased was I at the prospect I bought this in hardback. Obviously it's not as good, but it's a great tale, excellently told, and both Aurora and the Clockmaker are adversaries worthy of the name.
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PainFrame More than 1 year ago
I hate myself. I was at the library last month and had a chance to buy almost all of Alastair Reynolds' novels in hardcover for about a quarter a piece. I didn't buy them because I didn't know who he was at the time. You know those people who live their lives with no regrets? I will not be one of them. Cripes, this book is GREAT. There is not one thing I would change about this story. It's smart, imaginative, surprising, and completely engrossing. I didn't find out until halfway through that this is part of the "Revelation Space" universe. I don't really know what that means, but I will, as soon as I track down and read all of this guys books. Wow. Masterfully done.
JCraig1 More than 1 year ago
Dovetails nicely with his other books.
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Stupid characters make stupid decisions to keep the plot moving Annoying and incomprehensible villains Dissatisfying ending Reynolds is a wonderful author who writes beautiful prose, but this book just sucked.