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Elysium Fire

(Prefect Dreyfus Emergency #2)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  4,078 ratings  ·  325 reviews
Ten thousand city-state habitats orbit the planet Yellowstone, forming a near-perfect democratic human paradise.

But even utopia needs a police force. For the citizens of the Glitter Band that organization is Panoply, and the prefects are its operatives.

Prefect Tom Dreyfus has a new emergency on his hands. Across the habitats and their hundred million citizens, people are
Kindle Edition, 415 pages
Published January 23rd 2018 by Orbit
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Susan Paxton These, and Chasm City, are a really good introduction to the Revelation Space universe and can be profitably read before diving into the trilogy, I th…moreThese, and Chasm City, are a really good introduction to the Revelation Space universe and can be profitably read before diving into the trilogy, I think.(less)
John Minadeo It does stand alone very well but there are some mentions and recurring characters that were in The Prefect. His other works lend great oversight info…moreIt does stand alone very well but there are some mentions and recurring characters that were in The Prefect. His other works lend great oversight information into the shared world but are absolutely not required for either The Prefect or Elysium Fire. I’d recommend reading The Prefect before this just to have a better depth on the main characters.(less)

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Jan 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is my first read of an Alastair Reynold novel, and this is the second in the Prefect Tom Dreyfus series. I adored the detailed and imaginative world building of The Glitter Band, with the Panoply running the policing element, the prefects, and overseen primarily by 'Lady' Jane Aumonier. It appears to be the perfect democracy, where decision-making is achieved through everyone voting in polls via their neural implants. However, there is trouble in paradise, with several parts of The Glitter ...more
Dec 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Alastair Reynolds returns to the Revelation Space universe with the strongest novel *IMHO* since The Prefect. Of course, this is a direct follow-up to The Prefect.

Look, I know that's kinda a toss out statement, but it's still true. I loved The Prefect because it went wild with tech and even wilder political imagination, glorifying the Glitter Band before it became the Rust Belt. And of course, it was a really awesome mystery that went all out to become a nightmare destroying so much of the beaut
Dec 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
If it's been more than a year since you've read The Prefect (2007), you might enjoy reading it again before starting this one. It's not an absolute requirement, but it would make Elysium Fire more enjoyable.

I very much enjoyed this return to the Glitter Band, before the melding plague turns it into The Rust Belt. Tom Dreyfus is much as he was before, a bit more worn, a bit more careful. Sparver and Ng and Aumonier and others reappear, and have grown as well.

The plot starts out at a great pace, w
Feb 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Reynolds’ sequel to The Prefect (now called Aurora Rising) picks up not long after the events of that novel. Panoply has taken a big hit to its reputation after the cataclysmic events of the Aurora emergency, and an emerging populist movement has led a few of the habitats of the Glitter Band to abandon their ties with the protective service, with more threatening to follow. It’s no surprise when Dreyfus’ investigation of a new and deadly threat leads him straight to the leader of the anti-Panopl ...more
Mar 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Elysium Fire is good. Damned good.

Reynolds at his best is so much fun that reading him feels like it should be a guilty pleasure, something to greedily gorge on in the shadowy recesses of one's home or from behind the camouflage of some worthy literary magazine on the train.

His work is no pulpy-SF deep-fried chocolate bar though, no Aliens-Lasers-and-Boobs tub of home-brand icecream in front of the TV.

Elysium Fire is the SF equivalent of a hearty three course meal with a dessert of home made ap
Jul 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Eagerly awaited this one, because I run out of Al Reynolds’ novels. As I expected, it was a blast. If you loved The Prefect (or Aurora Rising, its new name), you’ll love this one too.

Although it can be read as a standalone, as it's a new twisted case involving Prefect Dreyfus & his team, you’ll miss some key details regarding the characters from previous part. Therefore, my advice is to read them in order, for a full understanding of the big picture.

The plot is masterfully woven, bits and pieces
Feb 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ten thousand orbiting artificial worlds comprise the Glitter Band with its one hundred million inhabitants. They are democracies and their citizens are constantly voting and responding to polls via neural implants. There is a very low crime rate so a small independent body of prefects was created to police the Glitter Band. The prefects, who reside on Panoply, are currently facing several problems. Confidence in the prefects is waning, a few habitats are seceding from the Glitter Band (encourage ...more
Milda Page Runner
Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Another cosy mystery with Dreyfus and co. ‘Cosy’ here is a relative term because heads are literary exploding or getting carried away in a suitcases. Not as intense and full of mindblowing creatures/ technology/weird habitats as the first book. Still a good mystery and a fun read.
I know I’ll miss these characters.

At least I get to come back to this world. Chasm City 's next.
Apr 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Ahh a return to this crazy world. I enjoyed his previous novel on Prefect Dreyfus. Reynolds has great imagination and world buidling, especially when it comes to tech. I unfortunately didn't like this as much as the first. What amazes me is the time difference between writing both novels. During that time, Reynolds has become a much more assured writer, and his prose is better than ever. His world buidling continues to impress in this, and his characters are pleasant but not loveable like the gr ...more
Apr 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who has read The Prefect, and the Revelation Space series
Shelves: favorites
Elysium Fire is a chronological sequel to The Prefect, picking up where its predecessor left off. Dreyfus, Jane, Thalia, and Sparver return as main characters alongside some new faces. Our story begins with Panoply investigating a series of mysterious deaths in the Glitter Band and goes in a lot of unexpected directions from there.

In addition to a fantastic mystery, Al treats readers to his usual genre buffet of horror, detective noir, speculative fiction, dry humor, and even some fantasy for d
Jan 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2018, e-books
5 Stars

Alastair Reynolds is my very favorite authors and Elysium Fire is the sequel to one of my all time favorite science fiction novels. Well let me sum this one by saying I was surprised at just how much I loved this book. It plays to all my favorite things...high tech, cool mystery, strong lead detective, hard science, great world building, gadgets, monsters, and gobbley goo like magic. This book has it all.

If you read the first book then this is a book that should not be missed. If you hav
Jul 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Elysium Fire: Solid Sequel to The Prefect
Elysium Fire (2018) is the sequel to Alastair Reynolds’ The Prefect (now renamed Aurora Rising to designate it as part of the PREFECT DREYFUS series), a complex and detailed police procedural set in the Glitter Band of his REVELATION SPACE series, set before the Melding Plague that destroyed the 10,000 orbitals that sported every conceivable political system, all run by real-time neurally-based electronic democratic voting systems that allow citizens to w
Feb 10, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
This hardcover is the first British edition.
Apr 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
3.5 Stars. A little disappointing as I had just reread The Prefect and this sequel was more predictable and not as inventive.
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sf-fantasy, 2019
I think I was so disappointed in this follow-up to The Prefect because the last Alastair Reynolds I read (written with Stephen Baxter), The Medusa Chronicles, is one of my all-time favourite SF books.

The Glitter Band is one of the most intriguing High Concepts in contemporary SF. Together with the Panoply, it reminds me of the Special Circumstances unit in the Culture sequence by Iain Banks – and the associated moral ambiguity and socio-political complexity.

I just felt that the rather humdrum mu
Jan 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one’s an unexpected surprise. Back in 2007 I reviewed The Prefect (now renamed Aurora Rising) with the hope that I would read more from the same setting. Over ten years later we return to the worlds of the Glitter Band, patrolled by the Panoply police force. It’s a magnificent humdinger of a sequel.

For many readers the good news is that these novels fit into Alastair’s grand scheme of Revelation Space, a Future History of rise and fall, ambition and decay, in the finest traditions of Iain M
Feb 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Thank you to Netgalley for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review. After further reflection, I had to lower this to three stars from my initial four. The story and pacing was tight, as is almost always the case with Reynolds, but there were too many issues and missed opportunities for me to give this four stars. Slight spoilers ahead.

Elysium Fire is the sequel a prequel (The Prefect) in the Revelation Space universe, taking place roughly 200 years before the events of Revelat
Jamie Collins
2.5 stars. I still love the setting, but I didn’t like this story as well as the first one.

Random citizens of the Glitter Band are dying of a mysterious malfunction of their cranial implants, which are nearly ubiquitous. Panoply, the only law enforcement entity which spans the Band, is scrambling to find the cause and determine who will be stricken next.

I was enjoying the book pretty well until the end, where I think there’s just too much talking. Reynolds’s dialog is terrible, and the flood of
Jun 13, 2018 rated it liked it
This was okay, nothing more. Very clearly Brexit-influenced in its politics it just sort of trundled along at a sedate pace until it was done. Not up to his usual high standards.
Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hard-scifi
Reading this was like putting on comfy slippers. So much so, it made me start the whole Revelation Space series again.
I found this disappointing, despite generally being a fan of Alastair Reynolds' work. For most of the book, I found it reasonably engaging if a bit laden with Captain Obvious writing and very obvious allusions to current politics (in the audiobook, a certain character really does sound like Space Nigel Farage). Unfortunately, the finale dragged the whole thing down with a silly "final battle" seemingly lifted from a bad video game, a "mwahaha, let me explain my evil plan and give you a sadistic ...more
Mar 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: tbr-clean-2019
3.5 stars rounded up. I love Reynolds' writing and stories but this wasn't my favorite. All of the cool sci-fi elements and tech seemed old and what remained was just a detective mystery. It was a good mystery but outside of the the (view spoiler) there wasn't much exciting happening. I feel like Reynolds, along with his editing team, is coasting a bit. I know that is a callous, what have you done for me lately, reader attitude, but the books I buy cos ...more
Feb 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved every page. It was a perfect combination of drama, mystery, world-building and classic noir detective story.
I do very much hope there will be a third.
Dec 06, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf, wales
Typical Reynolds, typical Revelation Space Reynolds at that: Memory and identity issues, gruesome Gothic elements, psychopaths. Also the usual slow pace initially with a gallop through the final third or so. The main thing holding my interest was the mystery, which was more than sufficiently mysterious.
Nov 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*copy from Netglly in exchange for a review*

Elysium Fire is the second in Alastair Reynold’s ‘Prefect Dreyfus’ sequence – itself part of his ‘Revelation Space’ universe. It’s been ten years since the first of the sequence introduced us to Dreyfus, in a stellar blend of sci-fi and noir, so I was quite excited to see where this sequel took us.

Where it takes us first of all, is the Glitter Band, an orbital ring of high-tech habitats orbiting the planet Yellowstone. The Glitter Band is perhaps human
Sep 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
I don't recommend Alistair Reynolds books to a lot of people because hard sci-fi like this strikes me as being a little less inaccessible, but the Revelation Space books are definitely one of my all-time favorite series. Revelation Space itself, and especially Yellowstone, Chasm City, and the Glitter Band, are definitely one of my all-time favorite settings. I really, really love how deeply detailed the world is. Conjoiners, Demarchists, Ultras, not to mention Pattern Jugglers and the Inhibitors ...more
Nicholas Kotar
Mar 08, 2020 rated it liked it
Reynolds is a master storyteller in complete command of his craft.

So why the three stars?

I can't rate a book higher than that if I never again want to spend another moment in the world the author created. The darkness at the heart of this story is extremely disturbing, and there is very little to leaven the darkness. Whatever nobility or justice that "wins out" in the end is nothing compared to the nature of the crime and the revelation of utter human depravity.

So no thanks. I've had enough of
Dec 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
*ARC from Netgalley*

Reynolds's novel-length return to the Revelation Space universe was not a letdown.

Elysium Fire is in the same hard sci-fi style as the other RS books (although not as tenebrous and oppressive since this one takes place before things have Gone to Shit). I felt there was deeper characterization here than in previous novels. Personalities were more distinguishable. It also seems that Reynolds is more generous with explication this time -- we learn more about whiphounds in two pa
Dec 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"Dreyfus put on a solemn look. ‘You died.’ He paused, letting that sink in for a second or two. ‘It was violent and irrevocable, with no prospect of neural consolidation. But you had a beta-level instantiation shadowing you for many years. That beta-level has now been legally sequestered and brought to a responsive state within a simulated environment, executing inside Panoply.’"

I'm so pleased to have been able to read this latest book by Alastair Reynolds, one of my favourite authors.

The story
Clay Brown
Here now is Reynolds newest 'attempt' to be who he once was, this may sound like a Review of this Writer's life! Perhaps it is since Reynolds output is a far lesser one than when he was much younger. This cultural 'Split' happens to fine writers. Look at Stephenson, Gibson, King, Barker the list goes on and on....

Here however is Reynolds return to his Proctor series of the 'Rust Belt' also once known as the Glitter Band. Rust Never Sleeps, you see, but Man and Woman sure do!

At any rate this book
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I'm Al, now a Goodreads author. I used to be a space scientist, and now I'm a writer, although for a time the two careers ran in parallel. I started off publishing short stories in the British SF magazine Interzone in the early 90s, then eventually branched into novels. I write about a novel a year and try to write a few short stories as well. Some of my books and stories are set in a consistent f ...more

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