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

3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  2,707 ratings  ·  103 reviews

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
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
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
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.
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.
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!
Como lectura playera y con palomitas pasaría, pero resulta que estamos en invierno.
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
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
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
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
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.
Terence Blake
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
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...
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
Kelly Flanagan
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.
Micah R Sisk
Set in the same universe and timeline as Asher's Gridlinked and The Line of Polity novels, Prador Moon is a short, fast paced action SF novel well worth a read.

Chronologically it takes place prior to Gridlinked, though it was the third published work in this universe.

This isn't a very deep book, it's short and to the point. There are some familiar characters in it, but could be read as a standalone novel.

Structurally it follows the exact same template as the previous two works in this series, bu
Giant crabs. Also, violence.
Warren Stalley
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
John Maxwell
This book is a mess. I'm seriously doubting that an editor actually reviewed it before publishing in part because there are, too, many, damn, commas. I counted at least 5 in one sentence. It's absurdly ridiculous. The characters are not believable and completely inconsistent in motivation, background, or skills. Also I must assume that in this universe there is absolutely no governmental structure whatsoever - which is odd considering that the primary planet of focus houses more than a billion i ...more
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
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
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
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 allowed acces ...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
Old school science fiction.

In this story there are aliens, AI, head installed computers for humans, vat grown bodies, spaceships, warpdrives, portals, lasers, viral weapons, anti matter weapons and i think i am leaving a lot of things out...

As you can see in this story the author managed to include almost every topic of the science fiction universe i could think of. And is not contrived, it flows for the most part effortlessly.

High marks all around for this one.
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Other Books in the Series

Polity Universe (1 - 10 of 14 books)
  • Shadow of the Scorpion: A Novel of the Polity (Polity, #3)
  • Gridlinked (Agent Cormac, #1)
  • The Line Of Polity (Agent Cormac, #2)
  • The Gabble: And Other Stories
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  • Line War (Agent Cormac, #5)
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