Alastair Reynolds is the author of the Poseidon's Children series and the Revelation Space series. Born in Barry, South Wales, he studied at Newcastle University and the University of St. Andrews. A former astrophysicist for the European Space Agency, he now writes full-time.
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.
Praise for The Prefect
"This is solid British SF adventure, evoking echoes of le
Carre and Sayers with a liberal dash of Doctor Who."--Publishers
Weekly "Absorbing...gripping in the extreme...A fine provocative
portrait of utopia on the brink. The relentless narrative momentum
it employs simply underscores the pertinent urgency of that topic.
The resulting mixture of space opera and police procedure is
"A well-constructed amalgam of detective fiction, hard-SF and space opera."--Andromeda Spaceways "A great book and a worthy addition to the world of Revelation Space."--Sci Fi Book Spot "[A] magnificently imagined world."--Booklist "Alastair Reynolds has developed real skill in mixing a detective investigation mystery with a background that is as thoroughly hard science as anybody's...Eminently satisfying."--SF Site