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The Prefect (GOLLANCZ S.F.)

The Prefect (GOLLANCZ S.F.) [Kindle Edition]

Alastair Reynolds
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"A fascinating hybrid of space opera, police procedural and character study."

Anthony Browne, STARBURST

"Politics, ambition and betrayal against the backdrop of Reynolds' Revelation Space universe."

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1396 KB
  • Print Length: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (12 Oct 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0047COPE4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #56,720 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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. He gave up working as an astrophysicist for the European Space Agency to become a full-time writer. Revelation space and Pushing Ice were shortlisted for the Arthur C Clarke Award; Revelation space, Absolution Gape, Diamond Dogs and Century Rain were shortlisted for the British Science Fiction Award and Chasm City won the British Science Fiction Award.

Revelation Space Trilogy:

Revelation Space
Redemption Ark
Absolution Gap

Standalone novels:

Chasm City
Century Rain
Pushing Ice
The Prefect
House of Suns
Terminal World


Diamond Dogs, Turquoise Days
Galactic North
Zima Blue and Other Stories

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Glitters 28 April 2007
Once again Alastair Reynolds returns to his "Revelation Space" universe and is a glorious read. Field Prefect Tom Dreyfus is an agent of Panoply, an agency that ensures and protects the voting rights of the residents of the Glitter Band, ten thousand habitats which orbit the planet Yellowstone in the year 2427. When a habitat is attacked Panoply sends their best agent and his team to investigate and once he begins he will not stop until he finds the truth.

Reynolds further adds to his menagerie of characters and expands his colourful universe, having read all of Reynolds's other "Revelation Space" books its great to see an era that is in the golden age of man kind the but never been visited.

The Prefect stands well as a stand alone book and if you have read the other books in the series it adds another dimension. More please Mr Reynolds!
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reynolds has learnt some new tricks... 5 Jun 2007
By Kerome
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For me this is without a doubt Reynolds' best work to date. It has the same gritty-space-operate flavour as previous Revelation Space novels, but the pace of the plot is considerably higher and there is less time spent on long introspectives. The Glitter Band pre-melding-plague is a great setting for those who know the series, and the book follows mainly just two plot-strands tracking Dreyfus and his deputy Thalia, so there's not too much to keep tabs on. Overall it reminds me a little of Ian Banks' Player of Games or David Brin's Startide Rising, which is a high standard indeed.
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful
It is the year 2427. The place is the Glitter Band, ten thousand space habitats circling the planet Yellowstone, the golden heart of human space where a multitude of different cultures meet and trade, and a waystop for huge lighthuggers as they slowly traverse the distances between the stars at speeds just below that of light. This is the universe of Revelation Space, Alastair Reynolds' critically-acclaimed gothic space opera which has now extended across five novels, two novellas and a short story collection. The Prefect is a stand-alone addition to this excellently-realised future history, taking place approximately a century before the events of Chasm City and Revelation Space itself.

Whilst the planet Yellowstone and its biggest settlement, Chasm City, deal with their own affairs, it falls to the prefects of Panoply to police the vast Glitter Band and its 100 million citizens, who practice the ultimate form of democracy, Demarchism. Every minute dozens of decisions, large and small, are put to the public vote and the people of the Glitter Band spend much of their time engrossed in politics, employing a form of VR known as Abstraction to talk to one another, or choosing to lose themselves in fantastical reflections of the real world. The greatest crime in the Glitter Band is an attempt to deny the will of the people. [...][...]And, as this is a mystery novel, to say any more of the plot would threaten to indulge in spoilers. Suffice to say that the links between The Prefect and the other Revelation Space novels are subtle and numerous.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Space, space glorious space. 18 Sep 2007
By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
A prequel to Alastairs much loved Revelation Space novels and one that will more than satisfy the already established fans. As a novel for the uninitiated it opens the gateway to the later tales and will also present a tale that whilst it seems to repeat many themes from Reynolds other novel, will thrill and excite the reader into forgetting about these errors. As an already established fan I can see how Alastair's writing has changed with each novel produced, as such its always good to see how an author tackles an already established history generating a tale, that whilst we know the outcome, will still keep us guessing as to how things will happen to pass. A sign of a good writer.

If you want to know why you should read Reynolds novels over say Star Trek, well lets face it, Star Trek only has the moral best of humanilty, here you get to see mankind in all his honest glory as he has been throughout history and as he is today, a self serving person who may tow the line because it's the right thing to do but if a better offer comes along well who knows. To sum up this book is probably best thought of as a Space Soap Detective tale blending the best of each genre into one giant book of fun.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grab your Whiphound and bring in the cat! 10 Aug 2009
Having only read two novellas by Alastair Reynolds before beginning this book, I was very eager to sample one of his novels and chose this stand-alone story just in case I didn't find his writing style on a larger canvas to my liking. Now that I've finished this book I can happily concur with other reviewers who have noted how `The Prefect' acts as an ideal starting-point for newcomers to Reynolds.

Although I was ignorant when it came to the make-up of the Glitter Band, Chasm City, Yellowstone and the rest, and how they came into being; thankfully I discovered that a total understanding isn't necessary and Reynolds reveals all that the reader is required to know about these places in relation to the plot as the story progresses. But that isn't to say I wasn't curious and am not still curious about these places and other details, which is why I soon intend to read the earlier books set in Reynolds's `Revelation Space' universe in order to find out precisely how this universe was shaped and all the historical milestones that created this unique futurescape. The one detail that became very clear to me as the novel progressed (although one not explicitly mentioned) was that the planet Yellowstone must be the Earth (I'd guess). But even knowledge such as this isn't integral to an appreciation of the story- the author tells the reader all they need to know, so without any doubt this novel can be appreciated in its own right.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book so far
Excellent book so far, just like all of Alastair's I have read. 'Course I have read it before in a parallel universe, that's deja-vu for you. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Robert Loft
4.0 out of 5 stars Fans of Mr Reynolds won't be disappointed
There's plenty here for those familiar with Reynolds' universe to get their teeth into - also a good entry point for those who haven't read any of his work previously. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Whale Omlette
5.0 out of 5 stars superb
I love this author. I added this too my Kindle so I could have the educationally challenge USA female voice read it to me. Took me ages to learn C Monday was cmon as in come on. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Ruth Helm
5.0 out of 5 stars good stand alone book
Love these books and the worlds they are set in! Believable people and a good storyline could easily have stretched into another book or two.
Published 7 months ago by Nick R
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
I am a big fan of Alistair Reynolds and so, I suppose biased. I enjoy his style and his story lines and the story telling is always of a very high standard. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Roger Field
5.0 out of 5 stars One of his best
Having just finished "The Prefect", l am left with a great feeling of satisfaction due to reading a book that enhanced my life for a while and memories of an exciting ride through... Read more
Published 11 months ago by heath
3.0 out of 5 stars why !!
Having read the Revelation Space series im in two minds about this one its hard reading a story when
you know in the future its all going to go bad with the coming of the... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Ian Cleggett ( Cleggsta).
4.0 out of 5 stars did love it
After reading Absolution Gap and being left a little underwhelmed, I was glad to see that Alastair Reynolds does manage to work well in his own Revelation Space universe. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Denise1914
4.0 out of 5 stars Sci fi murder mystery
A great advenure around the glitter band and it's inhabitants. A look into life in the glitter band before the plauge wipes it out. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Booklover
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
I do like a good, far-ranging SF. Reynolds can be one of the best at this, and this rattled along at a good rate. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Teddy
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