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Open and Shut is a brief short story in the A Prefect Dreyfus Emergency spinoff series.

It is set between the novels Aurora Rising and Elysium Fire and acts as a bridge between their storylines. It can be read as a midquel between the two novels, or a prequel just before the events of Elysium Fire. The short story features prefect Dreyfus as its main character.

Publication history[]

It was published on the Gollancz website in early 2018, prior to Elysium Fire's date of publication. [1] [2] [3]

It has not been published yet in any book anthology.


  • The shortest short story in the Revelation Space series, to date.


  1. New Prefect Dreyfus story, Approaching Pavonis Mons by Balloon blog, 5 January 2018
  2. Open and Shut, short story by Alastair Reynolds, (dead link, please provide archived version)
  3. Open and Shut, short story by Alastair Reynolds, (archived link)

See also[]

Revelation Space series
A Prefect Dreyfus Emergency
(crime fiction series, 2007-present)
Aurora Rising (2007) | Open and Shut (short story midquel, 2018) | Elysium Fire (2018)
Chasm City
(standalone novel, 2001)
Inhibitor trilogy
(main novel series, 2000-2003)
Revelation Space (2000) | Redemption Ark (2002) | Absolution Gap (2003)

Galactic North
(2006, short stories)
Great Wall of Mars | Glacial | A Spy in Europa | Weather
Dilation Sleep | Grafenwalder's Bestiary | Nightingale | Galactic North
Diamond Dogs, Turquoise Days
(2003, novellas)
Diamond Dogs | Turquoise Days
Other anthologies
Deep Navigation (2010) - Monkey Suit (2009)
Beyond the Aquila Rift (2016) - The Last Log of the Lachrimosa (2014)
Infinite Stars (2017) - Night Passage (2017)

Subterranean Press Magazine (2014, summer issue) - The Last Log of the Lachrimosa (2014)
Gollancz / Hachette UK (2018) - Open and Shut (2018)

Revelation Space universe | Alastair Reynolds | Websites
Cultural and scientific references | Adaptations | Translations
Book cover art | Fan art

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