Prador Moon
Neal Asher
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Prador Moon (Polity Universe #1)

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The Polity Collective, which benignly rules numerous star systems, has come up against a chilling opponent. The crablike Prador are bloodthirsty aliens bent on crushing the Polity and stealing its runcible technology . . . and they possess a frightening superiority in space warfare. Two wild-card humans, a vengeance-driven soldier and a runcible technician, must now combi

Published (first published May 2006)
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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...more
Bryan Brown
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...more
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...more
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
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...more
Stephen West
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
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
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
Hali Sowle
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...more
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.
Muu Asheriga võrreldes väga lühike, aga eks ta oli üks esimesi ka. Cormaci sarjas kauge minevik olnud Pradori sõja esimesed hetked oma võikas vägivaldsuses. Muuhulgas saime teada mida tähendab Pradori sõja lege kangelase Jebel U-cap Krangi nimes see U-cap...
Robert  Finlay
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!
Giant crabs. Also, violence.
Lauren Smith
Chronologically, Prador Moon is the first in Neal Asher’s collection of novels about a post-human space-faring society known as the Polity. It’s the 7th of a series of books set in this universe though, so it functions as a prequel. For me however, it served as an introduction to Asher’s work, so I basically read it as a stand-alone.

The Polity is mostly composed of humans but is ruled by AIs. Although it’s a space-faring society, they’ve only ever encountered two alien species. One is already ex...more
Jun 11, 2009 Woodge rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: sf nerds; people who eat their young
Shelves: sf
Neal Asher's brand of SF is not for the squeamish. Prador Moon is set within his Polity universe. The Polity is the collective group of worlds which is run by AI and policed by Earth Central Security agents. Unlike the first Polity novel, Gridlinked (which I've read), this one does not feature ECS agent Ian Cormac. Prador Moon is a standalone novel which details the first contact with emissaries of the Prador Second Kingdom. The alien race known as the Prador are huge crab-like beasts who give n...more
Tony Harris
Very good novel on the Prador War, a major episode in Polity history hinted at in other novels but with only scraps of detail.

The Prador are a race of aliens with a mentality that in humans would be considered sociopathic; adult male Prador think only of themselves and would willingly sacrifice their many, many children by the shipload to achieve greater power and status. Immature Prador, on the other hand, would gladly sacrifice themselves if their Father so demanded, slaves to pheromones produ...more
Set in Neal Asher's, Polity universe, this is a tale of first contact with an alien species. Unfortunately, the Prador Third Kingdom is a society of highly-intelligent and aggressive amphibious crustaceans for whom conflict, cannibalism and assassination are the norm.

The Prador, deeming humanity as an inferior and weaker race, embark on an interstellar war intent on the conquest and slavery of the human race and the destruction their Polity and its AIs. As an added bonus, human flash is also so...more
� Prador Moon� is sort of a prequel (same like � Shadow of Scorpion� by the same author) to the Ian Cormac series.[return][return]Novel starts with Prador battleships attacking Polity Avalon space station under disguise of diplomatic mission. Soon entire border worlds are under attack by ruthless invaders and Polity� s AI� s begin to plan how to deal with the new threat � they know that Prador hold advantage in certain areas of weapons technology and are also aware that invaders must not be allo...more
Gavin Brown
This was my first book by Neal Asher, and as an introduction to The Polity I feel very satisfied. It really hit the spot, fast, violent, fabulous aliens and a great deal of fun!

It may not be literature of high acclaim, but it was a great compulsive read. Really very enjoyable.

It isn't really a 5 star book, but I'm giving it 5 nonetheless because it was exactly the kind of thing I was craving for. It does what it says on the tin, and then some. I can't wait to get stuck into Asher's subsequent wo...more
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.
Paul Cheney
It is set on the outer reaches of the Polity universe that Asher has created, this is about humans encountering alien life.

The Prador are a invertebrate race that have a strictly defined pyramid family structure. They are brutal and callous, cruel and nasty. The family has three levels of children that as they climb the ladder and they are named when they reach to top. The fight to the top is hard and often fatal.

When the civilisations meet the Prador capture kill and eat their human captives. A...more
Lukáš Lovas
It reads somewhat, as if the outcome of this book was predetermined. I guess it's because this is a kind of prequel, but...I'm not sure it's a good thing. The book itself wasn't bad, though I'd have to call it soft sci-fi. Readable, and kind of imaginative, but I don't feel it gave me anything new.
Wanted to give Asher's Polity series a try and I really liked this action-packed book. The Polity is similar to I. Banks' Culture, if not as 'sophisticated', and similarly never takes center-stage but just hovers in the background as a solid foundation for the characters and storylines. It is more of a philosophy than anything else. Some of the encounters in this book are pretty violent, the enemy likes to either eat humans or 'core' them, which is as unpleasant as it sounds and turns them into...more
Meera Flame
His first book for me. I loved the characters, the world, the action scenes. I enjoyed the feel of the story and the way it was written. The only downside for me was not understanding pretty much any of the technical stuff! Found myself skimming where Moria was getting into her calculations. Don't know if anyone else understood any of this? Also, I didn't know what a runcible was! The best i could do was imagine it to be like a stargate. Anyway, this didnt stop me enjoying the story and I still...more
Josh Hamacher
Pulp space opera. It's best to treat this as a summer blockbuster of a novel - read it fast and try not to think about it, because if you do stop to think, you'll realize pretty much nothing whatsoever about the underlying universe makes sense. Enjoyable for what it is.
R.J. O'Connor
Loved the mix savagery and sheer inventiveness in this book! The clever use of animal kingdom parallels, with human like lust for power and dominance is utterly compelling.
Charles Wilcockson
I picked up this as the first in a series of books being compaired to Iain Banks Culture novels. In a way they do have a similar concept however thats where the similarities end.

This first book in the series has some interesting characters which are easy to like. The overall plot is fairly straightforward aka bad guys attacking the Polity killing and eating as they go.

My problem is that the antagonists are a crablike form and much as I tried I could not get the idea of one of those old B Class...more
After having read Neal Asher's "Cowl" it felt so good to dig into fun, uncomplicated science fiction with daring battles, a dastardly villianous alien race, kick-ass weapons and starships, a larger-than-life hero and a plucky female heroine. "Prador Moon" is a short novel based in Asher's Polity Universe , which depicts the first contact between the humans and the crab-like Prador species, who swiftly find out that humans are tasty.

While the ending comes a little abruptly, this is one gem that...more
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Having read this novel after previously reading the three Spatterjay series books by Asher, it's unfortunate that this decent story is by comparison, made to feel underdeveloped and linear. It has plenty of ferocious action and exotic alien species which are the hallmarks or his writing, but too few parallel converging narratives and plot twists that I have come to expect after those more refined works. While the story's climax had a clever surprise that I found rewarding, it felt like a few mor...more
Another awesome read by Neal Asher!
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