The Prefect - Alastair Reynolds 8.02   87

Also published as Aurora Rising (UK paperback edition).

A rollercoaster ride through the dark and turbulent universe of REVELATION SPACE: an interstellar thriller where nothing and no one is what they seem...

Tom Dreyfus is a Prefect, a policeman of sorts, and one of the best. His force is Panoply, and his beat is the multi-faceted utopian society of the Glitter Band, that vast swirl of space habitats orbiting the planet Yellowstone. These days, his job is his life.

A murderous attack against a Glitter Band habitat is nasty, but it looks to be an open-and-shut case – until Dreyfus starts looking under some stones that some very powerful people would really rather stayed unturned. What he uncovers is far more serious than mere gruesome murder: a covert takeover bid by a shadowy figure, Aurora (who may once have been human but certainly isn't now), who believes the people of the Glitter Band should no longer be in charge of their own destiny.

Dreyfus discovers that to save something precious, you may have to destroy part of it.


Release date April 2007

Details updated August 19, 2021

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Revelation Space :: Series

Series contains 4 primary works and has 11 total works.

The Revelation Space universe is a fictional universe which was created by Alastair Reynolds and used as the setting for a number of his novels and stories. Its fictional history follows the human species through various conflicts from the relatively near future (roughly 2200) to approximately AD 40000 (all the novels to date are set between 2427 and 2727, although certain stories extend beyond this period). It takes its name from Revelation Space, which was the first published novel set in the universe.

The main trilogy (also known as the Inhibitor trilogy) consists of 1) Revelation Space, 2) Redemption Ark and 3) Absolution Gap, and deals with humanity coming to the attention of the inhibitors and the resultant war between them.

Revelation Space (Revelation Space #1) 8.38   155
Chasm City (Revelation Space #2) 8.26   137
Redemption Ark (Revelation Space #3) 8.52   116
Absolution Gap (Revelation Space #4) 8.42   95
Diamond Dogs 8.00   2
Diamond Dogs, Turquoise Days 7.76   114
Turquoise Days 6.00   2
Galactic North 7.76   8
The Prefect 8.02   87
Elysium Fire 7.70   37
Inhibitor Phase 7.58   28

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