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Elysium Fire

By Alastair Reynolds

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A brilliant new mystery from the author of THE PREFECT. 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.

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 will be dead. For the Prefects, the hunt for a silent, hidden killer is on . . .

Alastair Reynolds has returned to the world of The Prefect for this stand-alone SF mystery in which no one is safe. The technological implants which connect every citizen to each other have become murder weapons, and no one knows who or what the killer is - or who the next targets will be. But their reach is spreading, and time is not on the Prefects' side.

Biographical Notes

Alastair Reynolds was born in Barry, South Wales, in 1966. He studied at Newcastle and St Andrews Universities and has a Ph.D. in astronomy. He stopped working as an astrophysicist for the European Space Agency to become a full-time writer. REVELATION SPACE, PUSHING ICE and HOUSE OF SUNS were shortlisted for the ARTHUR C. CLARKE AWARD; REVELATION SPACE, ABSOLUTION GAP, DIAMOND DOGS and CENTURY RAIN were shortlisted for the BRITISH SCIENCE FICTION AWARD and CHASM CITY won the BRITISH SCIENCE FICTION AWARD.

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  • ISBN: 9780575090620
  • Publication date: 25 Jan 2018
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a novel that works brilliantly as a space adventure and also reads, touchingly, almost as an atheist's reflection on why a kind of optimistic agnosticism may be a useful approach to finding contentment — SFX
A tremendously assured read, a fast-paced page-turner that delivers a well thought out story. — GUARDIAN
It's grand, involving and full of light and wonder. Poseidon's Wake is one of the best sci-fi novels of the year — Sci-Fi Now
An utterly involving thriller, with a mystery that unfolds under steely control. — DAILY MAIL
his finest moment yet and a glorious conclusion of the trilogy. A wonderful book and best that British SF has to offer at the moment — Upcoming 4 Me
Reynolds has not only rise to the challenge, but upped the ante. — SFX
Although a long book, with so much story to fit in there is a brevity to the text which makes it an easy read which can be enjoyed as a standalone even though it satisfactorily revisits and resolves the majority of the threads from the previous novels — Geek Chocolate
Intriguing speculation about human identity and potential. — PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
Possibly the best space opera I've read. — SF REVU
a well realised sci-fi universe, with plausible character — SF&F Reviews
Reynolds combines depth in characterization and dazzling hard-science applications to keep the reader turning pages. — BOOKLIST
Having completed the trilogy I now want to return to its beginning and re-read. Alastair Reynolds is one of my very favourite authors, every book is a much-anticipated event, and withPoseidon's Wake he shows yet again why that is. I loved every single page. — For Winter's Nights
Transhumans, talking elephants, inscrutable aliens and good old fashioned spaceship fights all contribute to a breathtaking adventure — THE SUN
A vivid universe with beautiful settings and engaging, dynamic characters ...Fans of sf will definitely want to pick up this title, especially if they also enjoy mysteries or police procedurals. — LIBRARY JOURNAL
A revelation that satisfies the demands of SF and mystery. — LOCUS
If you're looking for a cracking sci-fi mystery, pick this one up. — SF AND F REVIEWS
Incredible story telling and all plaudits are greatly deserved. — GEEK SYNDICATE
Cerebral but gripping, Elysium Fire is a must for Reynolds fans and a recommended read. — SCIFINOW
A well-paced, complex story replete with intrigue, invention and an optimism uncommon in contemporary SF — The Guardian
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MANKIND HAS REACHED THE STARS. Two hundred years after the fall of Mechanism, human society has achieved a kind of stability. There are colonies beneath the oceans, throughout the solar system, and beyond: on extrasolar planets. Vast hemi-relativistic ships connect these colonies, travelling at half the speed of light. Or rather they would, if the ominous presence of the alien Watchkeepers had not led to an enforced moratorium on interstellar travel.But when a seemingly impossible radio signal reaches the colony Crucible, everything changes:SEND NDEGEIt's origin is unpopulated, unexplored space. No one could be there - at least, not if they travelled using human technology - so who could have sent it? How did they get there? And what use do they have for the disgraced scientist Ndege Akinya?Finding the answers will require one of the greatest expeditions humankind has ever launched, a journey further than ever attempted before, conducted under the implacable scrutiny of the Watchkeepers.But as a mission is prepared on Crucible, it turns out they weren't the only ones to see the message - or its potential . . . 'Reynolds' future is so brilliantly extrapolated . . . original ideas fizzing off every page' The Guardian'Brilliant, self-assured, colourful space opera' The SunCompleting the informal trilogy which began with Blue Remembered Earth and On the Steel Breeze, this is a powerful and effective story.

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