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A full-length novel set in the Revelation Space universe that's "sublime entertainment" and "gripping in the extreme."( Locus)

Tom Dreyfus is a Prefect, a law enforcement officer with the Panoply. His beat is the multi-faceted utopian society of 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, a crime that appalls even a hardened cop like Dreyfus. But then his investigation uncovers something even more potentially dangerousa covert plot by an enigmatic entity seeking nothing less than total control of the Glitter Band

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"The seventh novel set in Reynolds's Revelation Space milieu (most recently encountered in his 2007 collection Galactic North) is a fascinating hybrid of space opera, police procedural and character study. One of the 10,000 colony habitats of the utopian Glitter Band has been destroyed, and title character Tom Dreyfus, a cop who patrols the Glitter Band beat, is assigned to learn whodunit and why. Meanwhile, his protg, Thalia Ng, shepherds a supposedly minor series of software upgrades on several other habitats, while Dreyfus's superiors oust their leader, ostensibly for her own good. Reynolds unfolds revelations layer by onionskin layer, supplying enough detail to imply a novel's worth of unwritten backstory without ever obscuring the stakes and personalities. The high-quality characterization more than compensates for the slightly too shadowy villains. This is solid British SF adventure, evoking echoes of le Carr and Sayers with a liberal dash of Doctor Who. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"[The Prefect] would serve as a good introduction to the entire genre for those who have never tried science fiction. Highly recommended." darkermatter.com

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"An entertaining tale." SFF World

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"An exciting high-tech tale." Fascination Place

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Tom Dreyfus is a Prefect, a law enforcement officer. His current case: investigating a murderous attack against one of the Glitter Band habitats that leaves nine hundred people dead. But then he uncovers an even greater threat-a covert plot by an enigmatic entity seeking nothing less than total control of the Glitter Band.

About the Author

Alastair Reynolds was born in Barry, South Wales, in 1966. He studied at Newcastle and St. Andrew's Universities and has a Ph.D. in astronomy. He is a former astrophysicist for the European Space Agency. He is now writing full-time.

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Dead Air, September 15, 2008 (view all comments by Dead Air)
Alastair Reynolds gets better and better with each new book, and this one has him at the top of his game. I've heard it said that prequels always fail, and The Prefect exists to be the undeniable exception to that rule. What pulls us in as a simple space detective story is actually anything but simple (though never so complicated as to be hard to follow). Warring Artificial Intelligences try to prepare for a doomed future and humans in all of their natural and transhuman forms are for the most part just caught in the crossfire. Still there seems to be a message about ethical people having real inner strength that gives us a glimmer of hope even though his long term readers know the Glitter Band is more than doomed!
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Product details pages Orion Publishing Co - English 9780575082182 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The seventh novel set in Reynolds's Revelation Space milieu (most recently encountered in his 2007 collection Galactic North) is a fascinating hybrid of space opera, police procedural and character study. One of the 10,000 colony habitats of the utopian Glitter Band has been destroyed, and title character Tom Dreyfus, a cop who patrols the Glitter Band beat, is assigned to learn whodunit and why. Meanwhile, his protg, Thalia Ng, shepherds a supposedly minor series of software upgrades on several other habitats, while Dreyfus's superiors oust their leader, ostensibly for her own good. Reynolds unfolds revelations layer by onionskin layer, supplying enough detail to imply a novel's worth of unwritten backstory without ever obscuring the stakes and personalities. The high-quality characterization more than compensates for the slightly too shadowy villains. This is solid British SF adventure, evoking echoes of le Carr and Sayers with a liberal dash of Doctor Who. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "[The Prefect] would serve as a good introduction to the entire genre for those who have never tried science fiction. Highly recommended."
"Review" by , "An entertaining tale."
"Review" by , "An exciting high-tech tale."
"Synopsis" by , Tom Dreyfus is a Prefect, a law enforcement officer. His current case: investigating a murderous attack against one of the Glitter Band habitats that leaves nine hundred people dead. But then he uncovers an even greater threat-a covert plot by an enigmatic entity seeking nothing less than total control of the Glitter Band.
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