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The Prefect (Ace Science Fiction) (udgave 2009)

af Alastair Reynolds

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Tom Dreyfus is a Prefect, a law enforcement officer with the Panoply. His beat is the multi-faceted utopian society of the Glitter Band. 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 dangerous--a covert plot by an enigmatic entity seeking nothing less than total control of the Glitter Band.… (mere)
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Titel:The Prefect (Ace Science Fiction)
Forfattere:Alastair Reynolds
Info:Ace (2009), Paperback, 576 pages
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If you already like Reynolds, you'll love this. If you haven't read his other works (starting from the beginning, with [b:Revelation Space|89187|Revelation Space (Revelation Space, Book 1)|Alastair Reynolds|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1287699211s/89187.jpg|219037]), you really shouldn't bother. This is so very deep into his universe that he no longer even bothers to explain the context of what's going on, except in the most superficial ways. Which is not actually a criticism, because the worlds and cultures he has developed are so complex, and so different from one another, that the book would be have to be half again as long if it were a proper standalone novel.

But what's it about? A murder investigation that takes place in the Glitter Band. If you don't know where that is, or when that puts this tale, go back and read his others again. ( )
  JohnNienart | Jul 11, 2021 |
Solid standalone sci-fi which, turns out, is set in the middle of a 5 part series. Whodathunk.

Was my first Reynolds' read and I was pleasantly surprised. It started out sounding like a Hamilton knock off, but... was more like a spin off than a knock off. ( )
  crazybatcow | Apr 4, 2021 |
The Met in space. For some reason there is no military in the future and military operations are performed by a disarmed police. Sometimes strays into cop-procedural pastiche. ( )
  Paul_S | Dec 23, 2020 |
Now that was an awesome read. Probably the best book out of the "Relevation space" Universe. ( )
  gullevek | Dec 15, 2020 |
I’ve read literally hundreds of science fiction works over the years. I’m amazed that over all that time, I never ran into Alastair Reynolds. A year ago, I picked up his Revelation Space trilogy, and while I was not blown away by the first installment, once I became familiar with the landscape, it certainly grew on me.

Subsequently, I have read several other of Reynolds efforts, including novellas and short stories set in the Revelation Space universe, and have been well pleased with each.

This novel, while set against the same backdrop, actually takes place prior to the events on Revelation Space. Therefore, while it may be possible to read as a stand-alone work, familiarity with the landscape and terms would certainly enhance the readers understanding and enjoyment.

The setting is the Yellowstone system, prior to the Melding Plague. “The Prefect” refers to a law enforcement official (Dreyfus) with authority over the Glitter Band. The law enforcement agency, Panoply, is faced with an existential crisis involving an alpha level artificial intelligence.

This is an outstanding story, my only complaint being some of the dialogue that crops up from time to time. The crisis is extreme and the steps necessary to address it are likewise extreme. Yet we are presented, over and over again, with smarmy dialogue like, “But that’s cold-blooded murder”, and “You can’t do that, it’s barbaric” and “How could we possibly take such action?”, all coming from the people that know full well that the actions are not only warranted, but absolutely necessary to save their civilization and certain to be carried out. It is just irritating to wade through pages of such unrealistic and virtue signaling dialogue.

Nevertheless, this is a minor issue and thankfully only consumes a few pages of text from time to time. Overall, the work is outstanding. ( )
  santhony | Oct 28, 2020 |
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Tom Dreyfus is the Prefect of the title, an agent of Panoply, the police force of the Glitter Band, an agglomeration of diverse habitats orbiting the planet Yellowstone, a satellite of the sun Epsilon Eridani, the environment where the bulk of humanity now lives. Another detective novel, then, but with Space Operatic aspects.

The setting is a return to the universe of Reynolds’s previous Revelation Space novels but in this one the action takes place solely within the Glitter Band; apparently an ultra-democratic polity where votes on anything and everything take place all the time – including on whether Panoply may deploy weapons.

Someone has used a spaceship drive to destroy the Ruskin-Sartorious habitat thereby killing hundreds of people. The obvious culprit is punished but Dreyfus’s investigations lead him to believe this is merely cover for a much wider conspiracy. One of his assistants, Thalia Ng, is sent to begin software upgrades to the voting protocols on four habitats but when the last one is completed the constant contact (known as abstraction) the voters have with the centre is broken. A takeover of all four habitats ensues. The rest of the book is concerned with the efforts of Panoply to counter this insurgency and to prevent its spread to the whole Glitter Band. On the way this leads to the unmasking of two mysterious figures from the past, Aurora and the Clockmaker. The latter has put Panoply’s chief into mortal danger.

Once the set-up is over with and the plot gets into gear, the narrative flows nicely. There are plenty of twists and turns, with shifts in the balance of power, plus wheels within wheels, inside Panoply. Dreyfus is your standard good cop but is convincing as such, as is Thalia Ng. Some of their antagonists are a little less convincing, however.

A possible spoiler follows.

The main problem with the book is that the story merely stops. After those 502 (small font sized) pages the final conflict which the narrative sets up remains unresolved. Perhaps the book was too long already. Or is Reynolds going to give us a sequel? Whatever, while enjoying the ride, I was left somewhat unsatisfied.
 

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Tom Dreyfus is a Prefect, a law enforcement officer with the Panoply. His beat is the multi-faceted utopian society of the Glitter Band. 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 dangerous--a covert plot by an enigmatic entity seeking nothing less than total control of the Glitter Band.

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