The Prefect

  • Title: The Prefect
  • Author: Alastair Reynolds
  • ISBN: 9780575082182
  • Page: 325
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Prefect Tom Dreyfus is a Prefect a policeman of sorts His force is Panoply and his beat is the multifaceted utopian society of the Glitter Band Panoply s task to safeguard the Glitter Band and ensure its de
    Tom Dreyfus is a Prefect, a policeman of sorts His force is Panoply, and his beat is the multifaceted utopian society of the Glitter Band Panoply s task to safeguard the Glitter Band and ensure its democratic apparatus runs flawlessly.

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    About Alastair Reynolds


    1. I m Al, now a author I used to be a space scientist, and now I m a writer, although for a time the two careers ran in parallel I started off publishing short stories in the British SF magazine Interzone in the early 90s, then eventually branched into novels I write about a novel a year and try to write a few short stories as well Some of my books and stories are set in a consistent future named after Revelation Space, the first novel, but I ve done a lot of other things as well and I like to keep things fresh between books I was born in Wales, but raised in Cornwall, and then spent time in the north of England and Scotland I moved to the Netherlands to continue my science career and stayed there for a very long time, before eventually returning to Wales.In my spare time I am a very keen runner, and I also enjoying hill walking, birdwatching, horse riding, guitar and model making I also dabble with paints now and then I met my wife in the Netherlands through a mutual interest in climbing and we married back in Wales We live surrounded by hills, woods and wildlife, and not too much excitement.


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    1. I can see this novel being made into a film directed by Ridley Scott and in the mold of Alien and Blade Runner, or Peter Hyams' 1981 film starring Sean Connery Outland.The Prefect, first published in 2007, by Welsh author Alastair Reynolds, is a stand alone novel but a part of his larger Revelation Space universe of stories and novels. It was a Locus Award nominee for Best SF novel in 2008 (Michael Chabon’s The Yiddish Policeman’s Union won that year) and was also a nominee for 2007 best nov [...]

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    2. This is not a book that’s necessarily going to wow you. It’s not flashy. It’s not full of glitz or pizzazz. Basically this book ain’t got much bling. But I’ll tell you what this book does have: execution. The Prefect is thoughtfully and creatively designed, deceptively complex, and just plain well executed. Alastair Reynolds doesn’t use any tricks. He just put together a solid game plan and executed it with precision and style.The Prefect makes me think of Stanford football’s offen [...]

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    3. I loved it. My favourite Revelation Space novel to date. The only downside is it’s the last one and my Rev space journey has ended – but it has ended very satisfactorily. And at least there are more Alastair Reynolds novels to explore. This is the second book in the series I have listened to on audio and I have to say, John Lee does an excellent job at narration. It’s hard to describe how he adds to the overall tone of the book but I think he just adds a touch of sophistication, a touch of [...]

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    4. Reynolds’ hybrid police procedural/space opera is great fun, if perhaps a little too frenzied in its plotting. Set in the Revelation Space universe, but about a century prior to the events of the main trilogy, The Prefect is about a law enforcement agency called Panoply, whose sole charge is to defend the democratic rights of citizens in the Glitter Band, a collection of thousands of human habitats in space. Senior Field Prefect Tom Dreyfus and his team investigate the shocking destruction of [...]

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    5. 5 Stars The Prefect by Alastair Reynolds is a nearly perfect book to me. I finally had to conclude my time in the Revelation Space universe by reading this one the 7th and final book of the epic space opera. People nitpick Reynolds and complain about his writing. They claim that his characters are too thin, his prose too plain, and his plots too complex. Well let me tell you, even if some of those points ring true at times, there is no denying that Reynolds is a masterful storyteller and a giant [...]

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    6. Alastair Reynolds is an author I keep coming back to like a regular customer, for the simple reason that he is among the top three best sci-fi authors working today (I have no idea who the other two are, I just estimate that if I were to do a top three ranking he would be in it).The Prefect is set earlier in the Revelation Space timeline. This is not going to mean very much to anyone who has never read anything from Reynold’s epic Revelation Space series. That said this is a standalone book in [...]

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    7. The Prefect: Complex detective procedural set among orbitalsOriginally posted at Fantasy LiteratureThe Prefect is the fifth Alastair Reynolds book I’ve read in his REVELATION SPACE series, though it is a stand-alone and set earlier in chronology than the other books. By the time of the main trilogy Revelation Space (2000), Redemption Ark (2002), and Absolution Gap (2003), the Glitter Band of 10,000 orbitals has already been destroyed by the corrosive Melding Plague, so we see only its wrecked [...]

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    8. A multi-faceted space opera detective story. It's detailed and pretty exciting, but a lot of characters are introduced in the first 20 pages or so, and it's a little hard to keep track of who's who when you don't know who are going to be the important ones (clue: they all are).The habitats of the Glitter Band (satellites around planet Yellowstone) are part of a libertarian demarchy (democratic anarchy), which means constant polls of everyone about everything. Paonoply is the organisation in char [...]

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    9. That’s me now, at the end of The Prefect and Revelation Space series. I tried to stretch it as much as I could, but eventually it came to an end…From the construction’s point of view, if Revelation Space is the thunderstorm, The Prefect is the rainbow after it. Gripping from the very first pages, it’s the most alert and colorful of the entire series. The descriptions of the habitats and their denizens are stunning; the technological and medical details are so punctilious they appear as r [...]

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    10. OMG *Godzilla Facepalm*This book started out so well, terrific, all through the first half. Great characters and tension, complex and wonderfully conceived, with good pacing.Then. about half way, BLAM, long-winded dialog, repeated repetition until you go nuts, STUPID STUPID plots twists, bad Hollywood dialogue.What happens to Reynolds? About half way through writing his books, he seems to get BORED with them, and then just stumbles along.Or, perhaps, his publisher demands a higher page count, an [...]

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    11. Alastair reynolds has become a highly competent writer of science fiction entertainments, able to balance his penchant for grotesquery and Gothicism with characters it is possible to like. In my view he has been more successful when limiting the scope of any given novel to one aspect of his larger imagined universe, allowing him to concentrate his powers of description, generating a strong flavour of the culture the action develops in. The Prefect does just that.This particular novel is a detect [...]

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    12. Reynolds has without doubt become one of my favourite authors. Which is interesting because early on in my reads of his books I found him to be too technical, taking hard scifi beyond what I could hope to understand. But as I read more of his works I have become to enjoy his work and to be honest, I think his work is just getting betterStory: 5/51: Being Vague, rambling plot with no little believable storyline5: Ripping yarn, clever, thought provokingThe prefect is a stand alone story about the [...]

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    13. In this one I went from 4 stars down to 3 stars and then back to 4. There are strong characters, a sturdy world (universeltiverse?)and a good plot. The plot however started to fray badly about halfway through the book. I felt like he'd strewn his conspiracy laden plot out into a few too many strands and then let the strands sort of get out of control. The story lost focus and even began to wear a little thin out at the edges as he shifted from place to place, view to view, and character to chara [...]

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    14. The Prefect started out rough for me. The characterization was shoddy through the opening act -- the only female viewpoint character, Thalia Ng, was also the only character who seemed to feel any emotion at all, and as she was mainly nervous and afraid her emotions undercut my respect for her as a prefect -- especially as the other prefects whose viewpoints Reynolds showed all appeared calm, cool, collected, and totally in control. There were also moments where Reynolds forced the characters to [...]

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    15. I was wondering how the trilogy would hold up in comparison to a kind-of prequel, and was delighted to see a greater exploration of Aurora in the hey-day of humanity's triumph. Even more, I enjoyed seeing the stakes for what they were and the premonitions of things to come. As a police procedural, it was a much better book, in my humble opinion, than Chasm City, although both had their definite charms. The stakes are always high in these books, as is the body count. I've now got my Reynolds swee [...]

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    16. Alastair Reynolds is what I call a “heavyweight” Science Fiction author. His stories are deep, thoughtful, and have complex characters that inhabit his intricate fictional universe. His writing reminds me of Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, Robert Heinlein, and other masters of “hard” fiction. As much as I like and enjoy lighter fare, this is what I consider the epitome of excellent writing. Take any well-crafted novel by a great author in this genre and it compares favorably with the best [...]

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    17. A delightful romp through politics and giddy inventions of the bizarre future society of the demarchists (democratic anarchism a post-scarcity system based on implants making constant polls) that reminds me of Sterling’s Schismatrix and Swanwick’s Vacuum Flowers. Reynold’s most on surface optimistic work is undercut by a creeping sadness that might in the end make this his most chilling and disturbing. Possible because it’s set in threatened utopia rather than his usual desolate settings [...]

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    18. The Prefect is not the typical Revelation Space novel, but it's still another good and fun novel by Alastair Reynolds.

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    19. 5 giant novels, 2 novellas, and a collection of short stories later, I have sadly completed everything Reynolds has written in the wonderful Revelation Space Universe. Not once has he let me down, and The Prefect was a nice way to finish it up for me. ***MILD SPOILERS AHEAD***If you want to look at it chronologically, The Prefect is actually the earliest book in the series but the last book to be published in it (not counting the short stories Great Wall of Mars, Glacial and maybe 1 or 2 others) [...]

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    20. Yeah, I'm a fan. I continue to be impressed (blown away?) by Reynolds's epic imagination. In this stand alone installment of the Revelation Space universe, prefect Tom Dreyfuss investigates a massacre at one of the "Glitter Band" habitats. Without getting into the very deep Revelation Space weeds, the "Glitter Band" is a 10,000 habit strong confederation of humans in outer space. They are all different, ranging from fascist states to extremely liberal ones. There are a few principles they all mu [...]

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    21. This was pretty good!For personal reasons, I am ridiculously pleased that Alastair Reynolds is convinced that forensics as a profession continues on, relatively unchanged down to the bureaucratic paperwork, far into the future (2427?). I do kind of wonder how the author and Inspector Gadget would get along, since they seem to hold many of the same views, at least based on this story.I am also pleased that this book is set in a time before the melding plague, so that the glitter band is not just [...]

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    22. It was decent and entertaining. Definitely the most linear chronology of all of the Revelation Space novels. But, it had some problems in the character department. Everyone was fairly one dimensional, and characters felt like they were doing things because the plot required it of them. Also, Dreyfus was a mess, he's a terrible detective, but then he suddenly knows all kinds of things about the Clockmaker that he couldn't possibly know, all because he had a "hunch"? Come on, that's just unrealist [...]

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    23. *Note: The name of this novel is supposed to change from The Prefect to Aurora Rising with the release of its sequel, Elysium Fire.The Prefect is a stand-alone novel in the Revelation Space universe, and takes place prior to the other books, although there are probably a few short stories in the Galactic North collection that take place earlier. Therefore, you can read this without reading all of the other novels. The Prefect takes place in the Glitter Band - a band of thousands of small habitat [...]

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    24. Despite never having heard his name before a year ago, British science fiction writer Alastair Reynolds has turned into one of my favorite authors.In the space of about 8 months (December 2009 through July 2010), I have read five of his novels, all of which are set in his Revelation Space universe. Those books are (in the order I read them) Revelation Space, Redemption Ark, Chasm City, Absolution Gap and The Prefec.The Revelation Space universe is at least as interesting as Peter F. Hamilton's C [...]

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    25. I had not come around reading this, when it came out, so when I saw Reynolds was publishing a sequel to this novel, I took the opportunity to delve into the Revelation Universe again. I ended up positively surprised on how easy to follow this seeming police procedural developed into a wide spanning story that fits perfectly into the bigger Revelation Space Canon. What's more, the Glitter Band is the perfect opportunity to add color to the narrative showing various future human societal models th [...]

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    26. No spoilers.This novel set in the Revelation Space universe, however a stand alone book as it takes place over 100 years before, with no characters sharing the other books, set on the Glitter Band (thousands of orbital habitats). here the populations are linked by the right to vote, and polling is done everyday to decide general actions.Here we have Tom Dreyfus a Prefect or a member of a special investigation force called the Panoply. Dreyfus is sent out on a routine assignment to lock down a ha [...]

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    27. Recommendation: I recommend a buy on this if you like a dreary, noir like setting in your science fiction, that is mixed with mystery, and has a focus on figuring out the world building.Alastair Reynolds continues to put out novels, like The Prefect, that invokes in me the same feelings I felt when I first saw Blade Runner or Alien. The prefect is a space opera science fiction novel with focus on mystery and world building. This book is set in the Revelation Space Universe but other books are no [...]

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    28. I really disliked Pushing Ice, the last Reynolds' novel I read before this one. Nothing in that book rang true to me: characters, plot or action. As a result, I own that I may have been harsher in my reviews of Galactic North Tales from the Revelation Space Universe and The Six Directions of Space than they deserved. I was afraid that one of my favorite SF authors was "losing it." It is with relief then that I can say that "my" Alastair is back.The Prefect is a well paced, intelligent adventure [...]

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    29. Something is happening that I would not have expected. I am becoming an Alastair Reynolds fan!Even the books I did not like that much clearly showed that Alastair is a bright guy, and capable of weaving clever and intricate plots. But I am increasingly discovering that he is also versatile as a writer, that he masters different genres of storytelling. Of the ones I read, Revelation Space is part of a sweeping epic, Terminal World a rambunctious adventure story, and Chasm City a revenge thriller. [...]

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    30. Alastair Reynolds nu-mi era un nume familiar înainte să încep Prefectul. După ce l-am terminat, mi l-am însemnat în minte, deşi uneori aglomerarea de elemente hard SF m-a obosit. De ce mi-a plăcut atunci? Pentru că, în ciuda amănuntelor ce ţin de tehnologie, ritmul este alert. În esenţă, avem o dilemă poliţistă inclusă într-un cadru de space opera, care reuşeşte să mai şi pună întrebări despre societate şi politică, bine şi rău, discriminare, umanitatea inteligenţ [...]

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