Featuring Inspector Dreyfus - one of Alastair Reynolds most popular characters - this is a fast paced SF crime story, combining a futuristic setting with a gripping tale of technology, revolution and revenge.
One citizen died a fortnight ago. Two a week ago. Four died yesterday . . . and unless the cause can be found - and stopped - within the next four months, everyone wil...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
I know I’ll miss these characters.
At least I get to come back to this world. Chasm City 's next.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Elysium Fire is the sequel a prequel (The Prefect) in the Revelation Space universe, taking place roughly 200 years before the events of Revelat ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
The Glitter Band is a collection of 10,000 habitats created by humanity with a mutual agreement to be policed by a group called Panoply. Through the use of technology the roughly 100 million individuals that live in the ...more
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 ...more
"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 ...more