Elysium Fire (Prefect Dreyfus Emergency, #2) by Alastair Reynolds

Elysium Fire (Prefect Dreyfus Emergency, #2)

A brilliant new space opera from "leading light" (LA Review of Books) Alastair Reynolds.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...

Details Elysium Fire (Prefect Dreyfus Emergency, #2)

TitleElysium Fire (Prefect Dreyfus Emergency, #2)
Release DateJan 23rd, 2018
GenreScience Fiction, Space, Space Opera, Fiction, Mystery

Reviews Elysium Fire (Prefect Dreyfus Emergency, #2)

  • A Bald Mage** Steve
    via GIPHY ARC from Orion publishing Group for an honest review, so a massive thank you!‘As you say – I’m a godlike intelligence. The only thing that concerns me is other Godlike intelligences’This was a pleasant experience; it was a nice read considering it was a second book of a series, also this was my first ever Alastair Reynolds novel so I was keen to get started.The first thing I picked up on quickly with the story was the fact it ne...
  • Paromjit
    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 troub...
  • Bradley
    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 ...
  • William
    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 gr...
  • Claudia
    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 bi...
  • Jason
    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 th...
  • Mark
    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...
  • Chris
    *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 or...
  • Andrea
    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.
  • Jonathan
    *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 thi...
  • Julie
    "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...
  • Kate
    The Prefect returns... excellent worldbuilding and a pleasingly dark high-tech mystery in the Glitter Band.
  • Alex
    **Copy from Netgalley**I loved ‘The Prefect’ and I’m pleased to be able to report that the second book in the series is as good, if not better. Reynolds is rapidly becoming the UK’s best living creator of character driven space opera.
  • Jo (Mixed Book Bag)
    Prefect Tom Dreyfus is at the heart of this story. This is listed as Perfect Dreyfus Emergency #2. I did not read #1 but had no trouble following the story. I loved the world building. The Gilder Ring is made up of ten thousand city-state habitats that orbit the planet Yellowstone. On the surface is a large city under a lifesaving dome. This is a perfect world with a perfect democracy but something is going wrong. People are dying and the number ...
  • Luke Burrage
    Full review on my podcast, SFBRP episode #359.
  • Juliane Kunzendorf
    Review on the SFBRP #359!
  • Ralph Blackburn
    Elysium Fire by Alastair Reynolds- A sequel to 2007's The Prefect, this a mystery wrapped in a tale of vengeance. Prefect Tom Dreyfuss is once again called to save the thousands of Demarchist settlements in the Glitter Band of habitats circling the harsh planet Yellowstone. People are dying, without any warning, their implants burning their brains. No obvious cause is apparent. Thalia Ng is there and has an idea and Sparver Bancal, the hyper-pig ...
  • Chloe
    Environ dix ans après la parution de The Prefect , Alastair Reynolds revient avec une nouvelle enquête de Tom Dreyfus. Les événements se déroulent deux ans après ceux du premier tome. Panoply fait face à une perte de confiance de la part des habitats de la Glitter Band. Une situation qui profite à Devon Garlin, usant de discours visant à inciter les citoyens à s'affranchir du système actuel. Par ailleurs, Panoply doit affronter une no...
  • Cara
    4.5/5To be honest, I had my doubts about the sequel to The Prefect (Prefect Dreyfus Emergency #1 [I believe The Prefect will be retitled as Aurora Rising with the release of this novel]), but Elysium Fire is a more-than worthy sequel and a very welcome addition to the Revelation Space universe. Just when you thought you knew everything (or very nearly everything) there was to know, Alastair Reynolds goes and provides more tantalising, clarifying ...
  • Terence Blake
    ELYSIUM FIRE: wonder vs catharsis (three-and-a-half stars)Before reading ELYSIUM FIRE I first read the short story “Open and Shut” (available free online here: https://www.gollancz.co.uk/2018/01/op...) and then the novel THE PREFECT to prepare for this new book. ELYSIUM FIRE is billed as a standalone novel but our understanding and enjoyment is greatly enriched by reading these two prequels. In fact, I think that the attempt to make ELYSIUM F...
  • Brian Clegg
    Reading an author for the first time is always a step in the dark, but just occasionally it becomes immediately clear that here's someone you'll have to keep reading. The last SF authors I can remember feeling this about were Adam Roberts and the late Iain M. Banks - but I am going to have to include Alastair Reynolds in this class.One of the puffs on the back of the book describes Reynolds as a 'mastersinger of the space opera'. To be honest, I ...
  • Carol
    All is not well in the thousands of habitats know as the Glitter Band, circling the planet Yellowstone. Prefect Tom Dreyfus is investigating mysterious seemingly random deaths of occupants of the utopian society, involving the malfunction of the neural implants. These implants are used by citizens for rapid communication with each other and vote on issues. One by one peoples brains are frying and the body count is rising. In parallel runs a story...
  • Steve
    It's been a while since I visited the realm of Alastair Reynold's Revelation Space. And I jumped into this book 2 without reading the earlier novel that introduced the Prefect Dreyfus, his detective associates, and his particular neighborhood and time. I am glad I did take the leap rather than wait until I could read all of these books in some kind of order. All this is to say, jump in without worrying about catching up; these stand on their own....
  • Alteredego
    Excellent detective fiction, excellent SF, excellent story tellingElysium Fire is a novel set in Alastair Reynolds’ “Revelation Space” Universe. It takes place in the “Golden Era” of human colonisation of space. Chasm City on the planet of Yellowstone is the greatest metropolis ever built. In the space above, the Glitter Band is made of thousands of satellite habitats. This orbital society is governed by a perfect democracy where all de...
  • Tom
    Alastair Reynolds returns to the 'Revelation Space' universe, the gothic space opera series that propelled him to fame. This book is actually a sequel to The Prefect, itself a kind of detective spin-off set in this universe. I have to say, I was rather disappointed with this one. Reynolds specializes in the kind of baroque plot twists where the protagonist turns out to actually be a cybernetic clone of himself from the future or something. This t...
  • Ernest
    Prefect Tom Dreyfus, his protégé Thalia Ng, Prefect Sparver (a hyperpig) and others who debuted in The Prefect (2007) return in Alistair Reynolds new book in his Revelation Space universe. Following their adventures stopping an AI from taking control of the Glitter Band, a civilization of orbital habitats managing a pretty good democracy through neural implant consensus, Tom and his colleagues are faced with two new threats to the civilization ...
  • Dan
    This is a sequel to The Prefect, and a part of the wider Revelation Space series, but it's not essential to have read the other books before this one (I read The Prefect about ten years ago and given that these days I can't remember what I had for breakfast by half past two I was a bit daunted about jumping straight into this one, but I needn't have been).Good Sf should always reflect the times in which it was written, and this is probably Reynol...
  • Elizabeth
    A short review this time, as I didn't finish. But wait, how can you review a book you didn't finish and why are you giving it so many stars? To be honest, this is all on me. When I requested the book, I didn't realize it was a sequel. I just knew it was Alastair Reynolds and I had really liked some of his previous works. I dove in and soon realized I was missing a chunk of information, and though the book does an excellent job of parcelling it ou...
  • Yochai
    I've read everything Reynold's has ever written; the "Glitter Band" period of the Revelation Space universe is possibly my favorite. Beginning with The Prefect, it details a period of relative peace, direct democracy and utopia; but rather than the anything-goes/A.I is everything type of Utopia you see in the Culture Novels, this society has its limits, as well as its laws. The Prefect Dreyfus Emergency novels are essentially detective stories, w...