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 and Pushing Ice 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.
"This is solid British SF adventure, evoking echoes of le Carre and Sayers with a liberal dash of Doctor Who."—Publishers Weekly on The Prefect
"Absorbing...gripping in the extreme...A fine provocative portrait of utopia on the brink. The relentless narrative momentum it employs simply underscores the pertinent urgency of that topic. The resulting mixture of space opera and police procedure is sublime entertainment."—Locus on The Prefect
"[A] magnificently imagined world."—Booklist on The Prefect
"Alastair Reynolds has developed real skill in mixing a detective investigation mystery with a background that is as thoroughly hard science as anybody's...Eminently satisfying."—SF Site on The Prefect
"An adroit and fast-paced blend of space opera and police procedural, original and exciting."—George R. R. Martin