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Prador Moon (Polity Universe (chronological order) #1)

3.87  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,644 Ratings  ·  143 Reviews
The Polity Collective is the pinnacle of space-faring civilization. Academic and insightful, its dominion stretches from Earth Central into the unfathomable reaches of the galactic void. But when the Polity finally encounters alien life in the form of massive, hostile, crab-like carnivores known as the Prador, there can be only one outcome — total warfare! Starships clash, ...more
Paperback, 220 pages
Published May 1st 2006 by Night Shade Books
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Jun 21, 2012 Connie rated it it was ok
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2.5 stars.

Neal Asher makes Alastair Reynolds look like soft science fiction, and Vernor Vinge look like fantasy.

I picked up this book after hearing that a) Neal Asher was a lot like Alastair Reynolds, and b) that this particular book was a good place to start his Polity series. And, I will admit, the plot sounded just ridiculous enough to be a good summer read: humans finally meet their first non-human sentient species, only to be appalled to find that they're ginormous carnivorous crab-like cr
Sep 06, 2015 Jason rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 Stars

I am a huge Neal Asher fan and absolutely loved the Spatterjay series. I have read several other novels of his and decided to go back to the beginning. Wow, it really paid off being well versed in world of the Polity. I loved this book and could not put it from down. This is an action novel and a thriller about alien contact. It works as a state to the massive world of the Polity and the Prador. Jebel U-Cap Krong is one serious bad ass dude that I loved.

What a fun read and amazing start
May 25, 2013 Matthew rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
Many of you, like me, may have gone to a grocery store, and noticed the crappy mascots on the store brand cereals. This sort of feels like a store brand version of Iain M. Banks's Culture series, but it's still entertaining for all that.
Bryan Brown
Aug 02, 2014 Bryan Brown rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci_fi
I liked this book it was like a documentary with no narrator just jump cuts for one critical or interesting scene to another. While that made the book fascinating it was also hard to read.

In internal chronological order this is the first book in a series of Neal Asher's Polity stories. Some of the books are stand alone novels while others are part of a story arc. I don't think he intended this book to be an introduction to his world but it is where I started. Story wise it has the format of a d
Jan 06, 2013 Coan rated it liked it
A fun and action packed space opera adventure, Prador Moon is a first contact story told with plenty of firepower. This is the first Neal Asher book I've read and I understand it is a prequel of sorts to his other novels set in the 'Polity' Universe -a future where humanity has colonised a number of worlds but has left the running of civilization to AIs who are also the only ones capable of using FTL gateways.

While the story is simple and the antagonists unapologetically and irredeemably evil (p
Mar 21, 2015 Lady*M rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
When I read Dark Intelligence, I was aware that I lost 20-30% of the content because I haven't read the rest of the Polity Universe series. I decided to go back to the beginning and start with the first chronological book in the universe - Prador Moon.

The novel describes the beginning of the war between the Polity (human/AI union) and crab-like Prador. While they do not possess artificial intelligence, they achieved the technological advancement on their own and it is uniquely suitable for war.
Kelly Flanagan
Jul 20, 2014 Kelly Flanagan rated it it was amazing
Of course I am giving this a 5 out of 5. Any Neal Asher book deserves that I've found! How this man is able to do damn good space opera at any length is beyond me (ha ha) but it is a calling I guess.
Stephen West
Sep 11, 2013 Stephen West rated it it was amazing
As I’m also currently reading Ian M Banks’ Surface Detail, I couldn’t really help comparing and contrasting the two. Both are space operas featuring a human spacefaring civilisation (Asher’s Culture equivalent is called the Polity) and both authors are known for their gritty and somewhat dark depictions of violence and brutality. But when I was plowing through another of Banks’ breezy discursions on the wonders of the Culture, the power of Asher’s economical exposition really became apparent. Pr ...more
M Hamed
Jun 16, 2016 M Hamed rated it really liked it
Shelves: space-opera, 2016
this is no space opera, minus two ships running after each other for a brief period.

on par with The Culture books,you can also catch two ships running after each other also there ,and now that i thought about ,there is also people who rebel against the AI machines as a main theme in the story (Ha 4 alsos that must be a record )

and i have read recently an article about how the brain works ,and it sends all the mind augmentation theories to the shitter
and most of the science here is super pretenti
Steven Stennett
Mar 14, 2016 Steven Stennett rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. Mr Asher is one of my favorite writters and he has not failed me yet. Science used on such a grand scale for war is sad, but the human races back is up against the wall in this one against an alien race that see us as a snack to nibble on, so the gloves have to come off. No adorable E.T comes a calling, more like your worst nightmare in the form of a crab like monster, ramped up to the size of a pick up truck.

Put it this way, this book going to put you off seafood for
Jul 20, 2015 Ron rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is space opera. Well-conceived, fast-paced, galactic war. Men and women off the street rise to the challenge of first contact with an alien species who will devour us—literally and figuratively. The science is plausible, which is not a given in modern SF. The writing is up to the challenge. And minimal typos.

The cast is large and diffused enough (as the narrative jumps to their points of view) to get the reader fully engaged but keep the energy up.

Interesting subplot about human society bei
Marc Jones
Prador moon isnt exactly high art, its a combination of hard science meets sci-fi horror with a does of camp and its non the worse for it.
Sure theres not much character development, sure the whole thing seems a bit disorganized, the end is fulfilling and it lapses into techno babble BUT its enjoyable.
Theres a profound sense of childish joy and reading about giant murderous well armed crabs tearing across human world.
Somehow super camp badguys, space battles and crab death matches make up for th
Guy Haley
Nov 30, 2015 Guy Haley rated it really liked it
The supposedly all-powerful Polity gets a rude shock from a band of murderous space crabs.

Forming the backdrop to the majority of Asher’s books, the Polity is a vast human empire run by (mostly) beneficent Artificial Intelligences. It is the home of luxury, tolerance and generally fulfilling lives for its billions of citizens. In a galaxy studded with the archeological remains of long-dead races, there’s been no contact with an extant space-faring civilisation. Until now.

Prador Moon details the
Robert  Finlay
Dec 27, 2008 Robert Finlay rated it it was ok
Unadulterated shlock. Gigantic crab-like, intelligent, space-going creatures with a taste for human flesh. You hope they don't phone home. Go for it, Peter!
Jan 24, 2015 Jm_oriol rated it did not like it
Como lectura playera y con palomitas pasaría, pero resulta que estamos en invierno.
Edmund Wight
Sep 02, 2015 Edmund Wight rated it it was amazing
I was told about Neal Asher by a friend who said my writing style was reminiscent of him. So, of course, I had to go find out. Boy am I glad I did. Prador Moon is the opening salvo in a war between the Human and AI controlled Polity and a nasty, crab-like, alien race called the Prador.
If you're looking for deep character arcs with people staring at their navels and coming to a realization of their inner motivation or something - this ain't the place. This is pure, rip roaring, hold onto your pan
Jan 02, 2015 Kristin rated it really liked it
January's book group selection. Book one in the Polity series.

I've already read Gridlinked, Line of the Polity, Brass Man, and Polity Agent, which are in the Agent Cormac series. Polity comes before those in a loose timeline.

This book starts off gripping, becomes thoroughly engaging, and is a lot like a twisty windy covered water slide: you know you're going somewhere fast, it's intense, and will end with a big Splash!

For starters, the Prador were some of the creepiest, nastiest aliens I have
Feb 03, 2013 Andrew rated it liked it
I read this after the first three Agent Cormac novels (Gridlinked, The Line Of Polity, and Brass Man). Prador Moon is the first book chronologically in the Polity universe and is a stand-alone novel. It was exactly what I expected - action, violence, and strange aliens. The highlights from humanity's first run-in with another sentient species are recorded here, mainly through the eyes of a soldier and a technician. This is after the Polity is formed, so humanity is already governed by artificial ...more
Lars J. Nilsson
Aug 29, 2011 Lars J. Nilsson rated it liked it
I picked this up out of curiosity after seen Neal Asher on the local SF book store. What I was after was a straight forward space opera; I thought anything more than that would be a bonus. And yes, that's what I got.

Several other reviewers has complained that this book might not be as good as Neal Asher is supposed to be. And having read it, I think I can see that: there is capacity here, there's good pacing, and interesting characters. However, there's also a shallowness in the story, the worl
Oct 03, 2010 Flint rated it it was ok
Shelves: science-fiction
The basic premise of the book is that monstrous aliens have invaded human occupied stystems killing and eating anything in their path, and now humans must find a way to hold them off. The story was entertaining, albeit not too original. Asher gives the reader two main points of view with a few others scattered along the way including the aliens. Some of the tech is interesting, but considering the length of the book nothing is really expanded on, much like the two main characters who are only it ...more
Warren Stalley
Apr 20, 2015 Warren Stalley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Prador Moon is a standalone novel set in the Polity universe from popular science fiction author Neal Asher. When humans meet the aggressive Prador race of crab like creatures an epic interstella war ensues. Packed with high-tech space opera action this is a fast and furious blast of pure energy. If you like the Gridlinked Agent Cormac series of books by Neal Asher then I’d recommend this as a short fix of escapism from the same author. The story is told from multiple points of view and is cramm ...more
May 14, 2011 Nick rated it liked it
Prador Moon is the first Neal Asher novel i've yet read and although it was certainly a rollicking action fest that hit all the marks; man-eating crabs, check, insanely powerful weapons, check, kick-ass but dark military protagonist, check, hilariously awesome ending, check... It didn't hit the right notes for me and i'm at a loss to explain why. It did seem somewhat rushed, somewhat distanced from the action, whereas most of my favorite space-opera (Reynolds, Moon, Banks...) tend to be very clo ...more
Jul 15, 2016 astaliegurec rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Even though Neal Asher wrote "Prador Moon" (2006) after he'd written several other book in his "Polity Universe" series (started in 2001), it's currently the first novel in the overall series by internal chronological order. It, essentially, gives the story of first contact between the Polity and the Prador. It's a well-written, action-packed, science fiction book with an excellent universe and decent characterizations. My only real issue with it is that the point-of-view changes a lot. Instead ...more
Feb 12, 2016 Katherine rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: genre-sf, read-2016
Neal Asher is an author who was recommended to me by a friend from my book group. He has a few different trilogies or series all set in this world called the Polity. My friend recommended I start with this book because it is a pretty short standalone novel, and while it’s not the first book published, it is the first book chronologically because it tells us about the start of this war between the Polity and their enemy the Prador which continues through all of the other books in this setting. Th ...more
Hali Sowle
Apr 29, 2014 Hali Sowle rated it really liked it
The first book chronologically in the Polity series and the first Neal Asher book I've read. I found it complex and satisfying, very action packed.

In the future humans no longer control their universe, that pesky bit of work has been taken over by AI's and while many seem content to work and live well under AI hegemony some do not. But in all the centuries that humans have expanded to the stars they had not met another spacefaring species until they met the Prador but the Prador have been elusi
Jul 13, 2014 Chuck rated it did not like it
I haven't read any hard-core scifi in the last couple of decades, so I've been reading the books of some of the recently touted practitioners of the genre. I've been largely disappointed as I was by this book. The characters are one-dimensional, the plot is puerile, and the writing like that of a not particularly talented adolescent. The one virtue it has is the sparse prose. Sad when that's the only positive thing I can say about it.
Apr 28, 2015 Ian rated it it was ok
Neil Asher's name often pops up amongst the likes of Iain M Banks and Alastair Reynolds as one of the leading lights of modern sf. This was the first book of his I'd ever read and, sorry to say, probably the last.

It's basically a piece of pulp science fiction, it reads like a novelisation of a 50s B movie. It's a hackneyed plot of bug like, flesh eating aliens attacking humanity and the subsequent war between them. There's a brief side plot of a separatist (humanity is now ruled by Artificial I
C. Scott Kippen
Jan 11, 2016 C. Scott Kippen rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi
Pardor Moon is the story a space station that is attacked during an ambassadorial visit by the Pardor to the Polity, and the aftermath of such attack.

This book was at times very interesting, and but at most times, it was dis-jointed and never felt that had any focus. Solid writing, and some very good characters. Despite being very short, the book never felt that it had any focus. The intial story of the attack by the Pardor is interesting, and I quite liked it, but after that attack, we are move
Paul Trembling
Asher is one of the most accomplished SF writers around, and this shows it: well paced, with plenty of hard-SF technology, but not so much that it crushes the story, an exciting plot, with a seemingly invulnerable alien starship approaching, and a satisfying conclusion, which I won't reveal! The background is well developed, and the aliens are suitably nasty - even to each other, so there's no moral ambiguities here. Actually, if I've got a reservation about it, that's where it lies: the Prador ...more
Terence Blake
Mar 08, 2015 Terence Blake rated it liked it
I found this book to be enjoyable, with some interesting ideas, but a little flat. The bad aliens were a little too bad and caricatural, like something from a Kilgore Trout novel: giant violent man-eating cannibalistic intelligent crabs. The adults are constantly killing off any promising children, and otherwise controlling them all by means of all-powerful "pheromones". This aggressivity and social rigidity makes it impossible to understand how they could have developped advanced technology in ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Polity Universe (chronological order) (1 - 10 of 13 books)
  • Shadow of the Scorpion (Polity Universe #2)
  • Gridlinked (Agent Cormac #1, Polity Universe #3)
  • The Line Of Polity (Agent Cormac, #2)
  • The Gabble: And Other Stories
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  • Polity Agent (Agent Cormac, #4)
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  • Dark Intelligence (Transformation, #1)
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