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The Prefect (Gollancz S.F.)


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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' '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.


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 protege, 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 Carre and Sayers with a liberal dash of Doctor Who. (June) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

As a prefect working for the Panoply, Tom Dreyfus enforces the law in the utopian society of the Glitter Band, a collection of space habitats that orbit the planet Yellowstone. When an attack on one of the habitats leaves nearly 1000 people dead, Dreyfus uncovers a plot that threatens the freedom of the entire Glitter Band. Reynolds (Redemption Ark; Pushing Ice) returns to the universe of Revelation Space as he demonstrates his powerful ability to blend futuristic suspense/intrigue with personal drama in a tale of one man's search for truth, however unpleasant or demanding it may be. With appeal to fans who enjoy action-packed hard sf, this belongs in most libraries. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

aAbsorbinga]A fine provocative portrait of utopia on the brink.a
a["The Prefect"] would serve as a good introduction to the entire genre for those who have never tried science fiction. Highly recommended.a
aAn entertaining tale.a
aAn exciting high-tech tale.a
aFascination Place

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