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The Prefect (Gollancz S.F.)
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Tom Dreyfus is a Prefect, a policeman of sorts, and one of the best. His force is Panoply, and his beat is the multi-faceted utopian society of the Glitter Band, that vast swirl of space habitats orbiting the planet Yellowstone. These days, his job is his life. A murderous attack against a Glitter Band habitat is nasty, but it looks to be an open-and-shut case - until Dreyfus starts looking under some stones that some very powerful people would really rather stayed unturned. What he uncovers is far more serious than mere gruesome murder: a covert takeover bid by a shadowy figure, Aurora (who may once have been human but certainly isn't now), who believes the people of the Glitter Band should no longer be in charge of their own destiny. Dreyfus discovers that to save something precious, you may have to destroy part of it.
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Revelation Space has sold more than 60,000 copies in massmarket paperback Revelation Space and Chasm City were shortlisted for the Arthur C Clarke Award; Chasm City won the British Science Fiction Award, Absolution Gap was shortlisted for the British Science Fiction Award Immense critical acclaim: 'Reynolds's narrative is truly breathtaking in scope and intricate in detail, making him a mastersinger of the space opera' The Times 'One of Britain's hottest young authors' SFRevu.com 'The span here is mind-boggling' Good Book Guide American sale for REVELATION SPACE and CHASM CITY highest ever for first British SF novels 'Alastair Reynolds occupies the same frenzied imaginative space as Philip K. Dick or A.E. Van Vogt; that he occupies it as a working scientist is what makes it so exciting' M. John Harrison in the Guardian

About the Author

Alastair Reynolds was born in Barry, South Wales, in 1966. He studied at Newcastle and St Andrews Universities and has a Ph.D. in astronomy. Since 1991 he has lived in the Netherlands, near Leiden, where he works part-time as an astrophysicist for the European Space Agency. Revelation Space was shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke and the British Science Fiction awards and Chasm City, won the British Science Fiction Award.

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"A worthy addition to the world of Revelation Space." "Evokes echoes of le Carre and Sayers with a liberal dash of Doctor Who." "A fascinating hybrid of space opera, police procedural and character study." aAbsorbinga]A fine provocative portrait of utopia on the brink.a a"Locus" a["The Prefect"] would serve as a good introduction to the entire genre for those who have never tried science fiction. Highly recommended.a adarkermatter.com aAn entertaining tale.a aSFFWorld aAn exciting high-tech tale.a aFascination Place

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