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''The Prefect'' is a novel by Creator/AlastairReynolds, set within his "[[Literature/RevelationSpaceSeries Revelation Space]]" universe. Chronologically, it occurs before the main series and functions as a prequel, fleshing out the backstory of the fictional future history.

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''The Prefect'' is a trilogy, of which two books ''Aurora Rising'' (2008), originally a standalone novel titled ''The Prefect'', and ''Elysium Fire'' (2018) have so far been published, by Creator/AlastairReynolds, Creator/AlastairReynolds. It is set within his "[[Literature/RevelationSpaceSeries Revelation Space]]" universe. Chronologically, it occurs before the main series and functions as a prequel, fleshing out the backstory of the fictional future history.


* GodzillaThreshold: [[spoiler:Panoply resort to nuking habitats in order to stop their infestation by Aurora’s machines, killing hundreds of thousands of the Glitter Belt citizens.]]

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* GodzillaThreshold: [[spoiler:Panoply resort resorted to nuking habitats in order to stop their infestation by Aurora’s machines, killing hundreds of thousands of the Glitter Belt citizens.]]


* GodzillaThreshold: [[spoiler:Panoply resort to nuking habitats in order to stop their infestation by Aurora’s machines, killing hundreds of thousands of Glitter Belt citizens.]]

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* GodzillaThreshold: [[spoiler:Panoply resort to nuking habitats in order to stop their infestation by Aurora’s machines, killing hundreds of thousands of the Glitter Belt citizens.]]

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* GodzillaThreshold: [[spoiler:Panoply resort to nuking habitats in order to stop their infestation by Aurora’s machines, killing hundreds of thousands of Glitter Belt citizens.]]


It is the Belle Epoque, the peak of human society. Around the planet [[DeathWorld Yellowstone]] a ring of ten thousand orbital habits called "The Glitter Band" is known far and wide. Each habitat is a society unto itself, with its own rules and culture. Uniting them is the political philosophy of democratic anarchy, where the one and only universal law is that no citizen be denied the right to vote. Thus, the Glitter Band contains a myriad of possible human cultures, ranging from idyllic egalitarians who [[SpaceAmish consciously limit the use of technology]], Matrix-style worlds where everyone is [[BrainInAJar plugged into a virtual world]], and “[[SadisticChoice voluntary tyrannies]]”, where citizens [[CrapsackWorld live under hellish regimes]] and have virtually no rights - aside, of course, from the right to vote.

The closest thing to a governing agency is the Panoply, a [[SpacePolice quasi-police force]] whose main purpose is to investigate and prevent voting fraud. Despite having authority that’s limited by the voting will of the people, the Panoply wields enormous power in the Glitter Band, able to cut-off “[[TheMetaverse abstraction]]” (AugmentedReality that most citizens rely on) to any habitat that decides to go rogue, neutering them. Though many Glitter Band citizens dislike the idea of the Panoply, most agree that the agency is necessary to maintain and protect the utter freedom that the Demarchy represents.

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It is the Belle Epoque, the peak of human society. Around the planet [[DeathWorld Yellowstone]] a ring of ten thousand orbital habits called "The Glitter Band" is known far and wide. Each habitat is a society unto itself, with its own rules and culture. Uniting them is the political philosophy of democratic anarchy, panarchy, where the one and only universal law is that no citizen be denied the right to vote. Thus, the Glitter Band contains a myriad of possible human cultures, ranging from idyllic egalitarians who [[SpaceAmish consciously limit the use of technology]], Matrix-style worlds where everyone is [[BrainInAJar plugged into a virtual world]], and “[[SadisticChoice voluntary tyrannies]]”, where citizens [[CrapsackWorld live under hellish regimes]] and have virtually no rights - aside, of course, from the right to vote.

The closest thing to a governing agency is the Panoply, a [[SpacePolice quasi-police force]] whose main purpose is to investigate and prevent voting fraud. Despite having authority that’s limited by the voting will of the people, the Panoply wields enormous power in the Glitter Band, able to cut-off “[[TheMetaverse abstraction]]” (AugmentedReality that most citizens rely on) to any habitat that decides to go rogue, neutering them. Though many Glitter Band citizens dislike the idea of the Panoply, most agree that the agency is necessary to maintain and protect the utter freedom that the Demarchy their democratic panarchy represents.



* AsteroidThicket – Subverted. The Glitter Band is actually made of space stations and hollowed out asteroids and was constructed. Also, though it resembles a ring from a distance, the individual habitats are several kilometers apart from each other at the closest.
* BioAugmentation – A fact of life, along with [[{{Cyborg}} cybernetic enhancements]] such as neural implants. Kept to a minimal, for the most part. Conjoiners, for example, have spliced in chimpanzee muscle fibers into their bodies to give them superior strength. The extreme end of this are the "Ultras", a society of merchants who perform drastic and sometimes grotesque modifications to their bodies, often purely for aesthetic reasons.
* BrainUploading – Common in the timeline of the story, though there are many references to “The Eighty”…as in, the first group of people to upload their consciousness, who all died when their scans were corrupted due to the infancy of the technology. [[spoiler: The main antagonist, Aurora, turns out to be the sole survivor of The Eighty. She did not get corrupted, but instead her mind was warped by the process and she became something other than human…]].
* ContainmentField – Used to keep [[spoiler:The Clockmaker]] imprisoned.
* CultColony – These are a dime-a-dozen in the Glitter Belt.
* EvilerThanThou - The Clockmaker vs. Aurora. The latter is evil, the former is just bad, insane and bent on vengeance ...maybe.
* TheEvilsOfFreeWill - The ultimate cause of [[spoiler:Gaffney's]] betrayal, after seeing how horrendous some of the voluntary tyrannies were.
* ExplosiveLeash – Inverted: Jane Aumonier, the Supreme Prefect, must not get within 10 meters of anybody or the [[BodyHorror mechanical scarab]] on the back of her neck (courtesy of the Clockmaker) will kill her.
* HoldingBackThePhlebotinum – The Panoply has extremely powerful weapons, but due to their democratic ideals, will not use them unless they put it to a vote and the Glitter Band to allows them to use them.
* HumanoidAbomination - The Clockmaker
* InvisibilityCloak – Used by [[spoiler:Gaffney]] to hide a body after he frames Dreyfus for murder.
* ItRunsInTheFamily – The general scrutiny of Thalia’s career is due to people’s fear of this. Her father was found guilty of corruption, and thus she’s had a particular tough time being accepted as a competent cadet due to this trope.
* KillerRobot – The Clockmaker [[spoiler:though it’s later revealed to be a deranged ManInTheMachine who was altered by the EldritchAbomination InvisibleAliens]].

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* AsteroidThicket – Subverted.AsteroidThicket: {{Subverted}}. The Glitter Band is actually made of space stations and hollowed out asteroids and was constructed. Also, though it resembles a ring from a distance, the individual habitats are several kilometers apart from each other at the closest.
* BioAugmentation – BioAugmentation: A fact of life, along with [[{{Cyborg}} cybernetic enhancements]] such as neural implants. Kept to a minimal, minimum, for the most part. Conjoiners, for example, have spliced in chimpanzee muscle fibers into their bodies to give them superior strength. The extreme end of this are the "Ultras", a society of merchants who perform drastic and sometimes grotesque modifications to their bodies, often purely for aesthetic reasons.
* BrainUploading – BrainUploading: Common in the timeline of the story, though there are many references to “The Eighty”…as "The Eighty"-as in, the first group of people to upload their consciousness, who all died when their scans were corrupted due to the infancy of the technology. [[spoiler: The main antagonist, Aurora, turns out to be the sole survivor of The Eighty. She did not get corrupted, but instead her mind was warped by the process and she became something other than human…]].
human...]].
* ContainmentField – ContainmentField: Used to keep [[spoiler:The Clockmaker]] imprisoned.
* CultColony – CultColony: These are a dime-a-dozen in the Glitter Belt.
* EvilerThanThou - EvilerThanThou: The Clockmaker vs. Aurora. The latter is evil, the former is just bad, insane and bent on vengeance ...vengeance... maybe.
* TheEvilsOfFreeWill - TheEvilsOfFreeWill: The ultimate cause of [[spoiler:Gaffney's]] betrayal, after seeing how horrendous some of the voluntary tyrannies were.
* ExplosiveLeash – ExplosiveLeash: Inverted: Jane Aumonier, the Supreme Prefect, must not get within 10 meters of anybody or the [[BodyHorror mechanical scarab]] on the back of her neck (courtesy of the Clockmaker) will kill her.
* HoldingBackThePhlebotinum – HoldingBackThePhlebotinum: The Panoply has extremely powerful weapons, but due to their democratic ideals, will not use them unless they put it to a vote and the Glitter Band to allows them to use them.
* HumanoidAbomination - HumanoidAbomination: The Clockmaker
* InvisibilityCloak – InvisibilityCloak: Used by [[spoiler:Gaffney]] to hide a body after he frames Dreyfus for murder.
* ItRunsInTheFamily – ItRunsInTheFamily: The general scrutiny of Thalia’s career is due to people’s fear of this. Her father was found guilty of corruption, and thus she’s had a particular tough time being accepted as a competent cadet due to this trope.
* KillerRobot – KillerRobot: The Clockmaker [[spoiler:though it’s later revealed to be a deranged ManInTheMachine who was altered by the EldritchAbomination InvisibleAliens]].



* MeatPuppet – The Clockmaker does this late in the novel, controlling a recently-deceased body and fooling several people.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone – The Supreme Prefect, before Jane, committed suicide after “The Clockmaker Incident”.

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* MeatPuppet – MeatPuppet: The Clockmaker does this late in the novel, controlling a recently-deceased body and fooling several people.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone – MyGodWhatHaveIDone: The Supreme Prefect, before Jane, committed suicide after “The Clockmaker Incident”.



* RushmoreRefacement - in the abandoned Amerikano base, Dreyfus sees some scenic panoramas, including

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* RushmoreRefacement - RushmoreRefacement: in the abandoned Amerikano base, Dreyfus sees some scenic panoramas, including



* TheSleepless – The scarab on Jane’s neck, in addition to killing her if she gets within 10 meters of any person, will also kill her if she falls asleep. She’s been forced to use powerful drugs to keep herself awake…for ''eleven years straight''.

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* TheSleepless – TheSleepless: The scarab on Jane’s neck, in addition to killing her if she gets within 10 meters of any person, will also kill her if she falls asleep. She’s been forced to use powerful drugs to keep herself awake…for awake... for ''eleven years straight''.



* [[TurnOutLikeHisFather Turn Out Like Her Father]] – Thalia fights this perception. She’s had to face a lot more scrutiny that most Prefects because of her father’s infamous corruption charge and subsequent shameful suicide.
* UnwittingPawn – Happens to Thalia, when her polling core upgrade turns out to be a virus that allows TheBigBad to take over several habitats. Slightly subverted in that Thalia, being naturally cautious, only installed the code in a few habitats as a test, as opposed to sending the update system-wide, as is standard procedure. This prevents TheBigBad from taking over in one fell swoop.
* WasOnceAMan – [[spoiler:Aurora]] and [[spoiler:The Clockmaker]].
* WeaponizedExhaust – Ruskin-Sartorius is destroyed by an Ultra's ship exhaust.
* WellIntentionedExtremist – [[spoiler:Gaffney]], who betrays Panoply but honestly believes what he’s doing is ultimately moral.

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* [[TurnOutLikeHisFather Turn Out Like Her Father]] – Father]]: Thalia fights this perception. She’s had to face a lot more scrutiny that most Prefects because of her father’s infamous corruption charge and subsequent shameful suicide.
* UnwittingPawn – UnwittingPawn: Happens to Thalia, when her polling core upgrade turns out to be a virus that allows TheBigBad to take over several habitats. Slightly subverted in that Thalia, being naturally cautious, only installed the code in a few habitats as a test, as opposed to sending the update system-wide, as is standard procedure. This prevents TheBigBad from taking over in one fell swoop.
* WasOnceAMan – WasOnceAMan: [[spoiler:Aurora]] and [[spoiler:The Clockmaker]].
* WeaponizedExhaust – WeaponizedExhaust: Ruskin-Sartorius is destroyed by an Ultra's ship exhaust.
* WellIntentionedExtremist – WellIntentionedExtremist: [[spoiler:Gaffney]], who betrays Panoply but honestly believes what he’s doing is ultimately moral.


It is the Belle Epoque, the peak of human society. Around the planet [[DeathWorld Yellowstone]] a ring of ten thousand orbital habits called "The Glitter Band" is known far and wide. Each habitat is a society unto itself, with its own rules and culture. Uniting them is the political philosophy of Demarchy - democratic anarchy - where the one and only universal law is that no citizen be denied the right to vote. Thus, the Glitter Band contains a myriad of possible human cultures, ranging from idyllic egalitarians who [[SpaceAmish consciously limit the use of technology]], Matrix-style worlds where everyone is [[BrainInAJar plugged into a virtual world]], and “[[SadisticChoice voluntary tyrannies]]”, where citizens [[CrapsackWorld live under hellish regimes]] and have virtually no rights - aside, of course, for the right to vote.

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It is the Belle Epoque, the peak of human society. Around the planet [[DeathWorld Yellowstone]] a ring of ten thousand orbital habits called "The Glitter Band" is known far and wide. Each habitat is a society unto itself, with its own rules and culture. Uniting them is the political philosophy of Demarchy - democratic anarchy - anarchy, where the one and only universal law is that no citizen be denied the right to vote. Thus, the Glitter Band contains a myriad of possible human cultures, ranging from idyllic egalitarians who [[SpaceAmish consciously limit the use of technology]], Matrix-style worlds where everyone is [[BrainInAJar plugged into a virtual world]], and “[[SadisticChoice voluntary tyrannies]]”, where citizens [[CrapsackWorld live under hellish regimes]] and have virtually no rights - aside, of course, for from the right to vote.


** Though he passes the MoralEventHorizon when he murders a prisoner in cold blood because they were going to reveal his treachery.

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** Though he passes the MoralEventHorizon when he murders a prisoner in cold blood because they were going to reveal his treachery.treachery, and his actions later in the novel paint him as quite the SmugSnake.

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** And the utility robots on board the habitat where Thalia ends up stranded, who [[spoiler:start massacring the inhabitants wholesale to convert them into material to kick the factories into overdrive and create Aurora's tanks.]]


''The Prefect'' is a novel by Creator/AlastairReynolds, set within his "Revelation Space" universe. Chronologically, it occurs before the main series and functions as a prequel, fleshing out the backstory of the fictional future history.

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''The Prefect'' is a novel by Creator/AlastairReynolds, set within his "Revelation Space" "[[Literature/RevelationSpaceSeries Revelation Space]]" universe. Chronologically, it occurs before the main series and functions as a prequel, fleshing out the backstory of the fictional future history.


''The Prefect'' is a novel by AlastairReynolds, set within his "Revelation Space" universe. Chronologically, it occurs before the main series and functions as a prequel, fleshing out the backstory of the fictional future history.

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''The Prefect'' is a novel by AlastairReynolds, Creator/AlastairReynolds, set within his "Revelation Space" universe. Chronologically, it occurs before the main series and functions as a prequel, fleshing out the backstory of the fictional future history.

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''The Prefect'' is a novel by AlastairReynolds, set within his "Revelation Space" universe. Chronologically, it occurs before the main series and functions as a prequel, fleshing out the backstory of the fictional future history.

It is the Belle Epoque, the peak of human society. Around the planet [[DeathWorld Yellowstone]] a ring of ten thousand orbital habits called "The Glitter Band" is known far and wide. Each habitat is a society unto itself, with its own rules and culture. Uniting them is the political philosophy of Demarchy - democratic anarchy - where the one and only universal law is that no citizen be denied the right to vote. Thus, the Glitter Band contains a myriad of possible human cultures, ranging from idyllic egalitarians who [[SpaceAmish consciously limit the use of technology]], Matrix-style worlds where everyone is [[BrainInAJar plugged into a virtual world]], and “[[SadisticChoice voluntary tyrannies]]”, where citizens [[CrapsackWorld live under hellish regimes]] and have virtually no rights - aside, of course, for the right to vote.

The closest thing to a governing agency is the Panoply, a [[SpacePolice quasi-police force]] whose main purpose is to investigate and prevent voting fraud. Despite having authority that’s limited by the voting will of the people, the Panoply wields enormous power in the Glitter Band, able to cut-off “[[TheMetaverse abstraction]]” (AugmentedReality that most citizens rely on) to any habitat that decides to go rogue, neutering them. Though many Glitter Band citizens dislike the idea of the Panoply, most agree that the agency is necessary to maintain and protect the utter freedom that the Demarchy represents.

During a sting operation on a vote-manipulating scam, Tom Dreyfus, a high-ranking Field Prefect, discovers a loophole in a habitat’s polling core logic. Realizing that other habitats could take advantage of the same loophole, he tasks his rookie partner Thalia Ng to install an emergency code fix across the Glitter Band. Meanwhile, he is dispatched to investigate the destruction of a habitat called Ruskin-Sartorious. Habitat destruction is a rare and serious occurrence, but it appears that Ruskin-Sartorious was hiding something. Something so monstrous, someone [[FieryCoverup was willing to destroy the habitat to hide it]].

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* AsteroidThicket – Subverted. The Glitter Band is actually made of space stations and hollowed out asteroids and was constructed. Also, though it resembles a ring from a distance, the individual habitats are several kilometers apart from each other at the closest.
* BioAugmentation – A fact of life, along with [[{{Cyborg}} cybernetic enhancements]] such as neural implants. Kept to a minimal, for the most part. Conjoiners, for example, have spliced in chimpanzee muscle fibers into their bodies to give them superior strength. The extreme end of this are the "Ultras", a society of merchants who perform drastic and sometimes grotesque modifications to their bodies, often purely for aesthetic reasons.
* BrainUploading – Common in the timeline of the story, though there are many references to “The Eighty”…as in, the first group of people to upload their consciousness, who all died when their scans were corrupted due to the infancy of the technology. [[spoiler: The main antagonist, Aurora, turns out to be the sole survivor of The Eighty. She did not get corrupted, but instead her mind was warped by the process and she became something other than human…]].
* ContainmentField – Used to keep [[spoiler:The Clockmaker]] imprisoned.
* CultColony – These are a dime-a-dozen in the Glitter Belt.
* EvilerThanThou - The Clockmaker vs. Aurora. The latter is evil, the former is just bad, insane and bent on vengeance ...maybe.
* TheEvilsOfFreeWill - The ultimate cause of [[spoiler:Gaffney's]] betrayal, after seeing how horrendous some of the voluntary tyrannies were.
* ExplosiveLeash – Inverted: Jane Aumonier, the Supreme Prefect, must not get within 10 meters of anybody or the [[BodyHorror mechanical scarab]] on the back of her neck (courtesy of the Clockmaker) will kill her.
* HoldingBackThePhlebotinum – The Panoply has extremely powerful weapons, but due to their democratic ideals, will not use them unless they put it to a vote and the Glitter Band to allows them to use them.
* HumanoidAbomination - The Clockmaker
* InvisibilityCloak – Used by [[spoiler:Gaffney]] to hide a body after he frames Dreyfus for murder.
* ItRunsInTheFamily – The general scrutiny of Thalia’s career is due to people’s fear of this. Her father was found guilty of corruption, and thus she’s had a particular tough time being accepted as a competent cadet due to this trope.
* KillerRobot – The Clockmaker [[spoiler:though it’s later revealed to be a deranged ManInTheMachine who was altered by the EldritchAbomination InvisibleAliens]].
* LosingYourHead: Happens to [[spoiler:Jane Aumonier, to get rid of the scarab]]. Luckily, with the future technology, she gets better.
* MeatPuppet – The Clockmaker does this late in the novel, controlling a recently-deceased body and fooling several people.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone – The Supreme Prefect, before Jane, committed suicide after “The Clockmaker Incident”.
** Later, Jane and several senior prefects have this reaction after they [[spoiler:start nuking habitats in order to stop the spread of Aurora’s machines, killing hundreds of thousands of innocent citizens]].
* RushmoreRefacement - in the abandoned Amerikano base, Dreyfus sees some scenic panoramas, including
--> "a rock face carved with enormous stone likenesses: eight vast heads, the fifth and seventh of which were women."
* TheSleepless – The scarab on Jane’s neck, in addition to killing her if she gets within 10 meters of any person, will also kill her if she falls asleep. She’s been forced to use powerful drugs to keep herself awake…for ''eleven years straight''.
* TotalitarianUtilitarian - [[spoiler:Gaffney]]
* [[TurnOutLikeHisFather Turn Out Like Her Father]] – Thalia fights this perception. She’s had to face a lot more scrutiny that most Prefects because of her father’s infamous corruption charge and subsequent shameful suicide.
* UnwittingPawn – Happens to Thalia, when her polling core upgrade turns out to be a virus that allows TheBigBad to take over several habitats. Slightly subverted in that Thalia, being naturally cautious, only installed the code in a few habitats as a test, as opposed to sending the update system-wide, as is standard procedure. This prevents TheBigBad from taking over in one fell swoop.
* WasOnceAMan – [[spoiler:Aurora]] and [[spoiler:The Clockmaker]].
* WeaponizedExhaust – Ruskin-Sartorius is destroyed by an Ultra's ship exhaust.
* WellIntentionedExtremist – [[spoiler:Gaffney]], who betrays Panoply but honestly believes what he’s doing is ultimately moral.
** Though he passes the MoralEventHorizon when he murders a prisoner in cold blood because they were going to reveal his treachery.
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