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Neal Asher

Author of Gridlinked

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Works by Neal Asher

Gridlinked (2001) 1,624 copies
The Skinner (2002) 1,017 copies
The Line of Polity (2003) 860 copies
Brass Man (2005) 826 copies
Prador Moon (2006) 809 copies
Polity Agent (2006) 653 copies
Cowl (2004) 651 copies
Line War (2008) 572 copies
Shadow of the Scorpion (2008) 527 copies
Hilldiggers (2007) 499 copies
The Departure (2011) 442 copies
Dark Intelligence (2015) 440 copies
The Technician (2010) — Author — 437 copies
Orbus (2009) — Author — 380 copies
The Engineer ReConditioned (2006) 313 copies
War Factory (2016) 263 copies
The Gabble and Other Stories (2008) 259 copies
Zero Point (2012) 253 copies
The Soldier (2018) 235 copies
Infinity Engine (2017) — Author — 227 copies
Jupiter War (2013) 201 copies
Africa Zero (2006) 160 copies
The Warship (2019) 140 copies
The Human (2020) 118 copies
Jack Four (2021) 95 copies
The Parasite (1996) 60 copies
Weaponized (2022) 59 copies
Lockdown Tales (2020) 58 copies
Snow in the Desert (2003) 31 copies
War Bodies (2023) 30 copies
Lockdown Tales 2 (2023) 25 copies
The Engineer (1998) 22 copies
Mindgames: Fool's Mate (1992) 14 copies
Mason's Rats (1999) 14 copies
Total Conflict (2015) 12 copies
Strood 9 copies
Proctors (1998) 6 copies
The Gabble [short story] (2006) 6 copies
Alien Archeaology (2007) 6 copies
The Sea of Death (2001) 5 copies
Jenny Trapdoor 5 copies
Watchcrab 5 copies
Adaptogenic (2002) 5 copies
Black Rat 4 copies
Acephalous Dreams (2005) 4 copies
Tiger Tiger (2005) 4 copies
The Veteran 4 copies
The Owner (1998) 4 copies
Fantastical 3 copies
The Gurnard [short story] (1996) 3 copies
Autotractor 3 copies
Sucker 2 copies
Owner Space 2 copies
Bioship (2007) 2 copies
Spatterjay (1995) 2 copies
Putrefactors (1999) 2 copies
Garp And Geronamid (2005) 2 copies
Choudapt (2008) 2 copies
Shell Game (2009) 2 copies
Jable Sharks (1995) 2 copies
Snairls (1995) 2 copies
The Torbeast's Prison (2000) 2 copies
The Thrake (1998) 2 copies
Dr. Whip 1 copy
Plenty 1 copy
Bad Boy 1 copy
The Relict 1 copy
Recoper 1 copy
Neal" 1 copy

Associated Works

The New Space Opera 2 (2009) — Contributor — 325 copies
Year's Best SF 8 (2003) — Contributor — 259 copies
Year's Best SF 11 (2006) — Contributor — 236 copies
Year's Best SF 10 (2005) — Contributor — 231 copies
The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction: Volume 1 (2007) — Contributor — 222 copies
Twenty-First Century Science Fiction (2013) — Contributor — 185 copies
The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction: Volume 2 (2008) — Contributor — 142 copies
Galactic Empires (2017) — Contributor — 121 copies
Futures from Nature (2007) — Contributor — 113 copies
The Mammoth Book of SF Wars (2012) — Contributor — 102 copies
Galactic Empires (2008) — Contributor — 84 copies
Infinite Stars: Dark Frontiers (2019) — Contributor — 72 copies
The Mammoth Book of Kaiju (2016) — Contributor — 39 copies
London Centric: Tales of Future London (2020) — Contributor — 32 copies
Subterfuge (2008) — Contributor — 24 copies
Conflicts (2010) — Contributor — 21 copies
Space Pirates (2008) — Contributor — 21 copies
In Space No One Can Hear You Scream (2013) — Contributor — 21 copies
Asimov's Science Fiction: Vol. 31, No. 6 [June 2007] (2007) — Contributor — 14 copies
Love, Death + Robots: The Official Anthology, Volume 2+3 (2022) — Contributor — 11 copies
Legends 3: Stories in Honour of David Gemmell (2019) — Contributor — 10 copies
Vivisepulture (2011) — Contributor — 9 copies
Orioni vöö. 1 (2020) — Contributor — 5 copies
Bifrost n°38 (2005) — Contributor — 3 copies
Strange Pleasures (2001) — Contributor — 1 copy

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Very entertaining space opera. The setting reminds me of Iain M. Banks' The Culture, but somewhat darker and less utopic. The plot is very dynamic, an action-oriented story about revenge, with antagonistic aliens, brain implants, recent interstellar wars, super-intelligent AIs and all kinds of smugglers and crime syndicates operating in a lawless zone between hostile powers.

This novel is not suited for someone who is not used to reading SF, because it takes from granted some familiarity with concepts like brain augmentation that might be confusing for readers not used to that. However, an average SF reader should have no problem following it, even with no familiarity whatsoever with previous Neal Asher novels set in the same universe (in my case, this is the first novel by this author I have read). There were some references to events that apparently have been described in other books, but nothing that could not be understood by context.

Being the first in a new trilogy, the ending closed many of the storylines but still left some open questions that will be dealt with in the following books. One of the most interesting characters is an antagonist, the rogue AI called Penny Royal, and trying to figure out its motivations provides a lot of the fun. In this novel, however, we only get to understand part of it, and I would have liked a bigger payoff at the end. I guess it's part of the cost of reading SF&F, most novels seem to be part of a series, made worse because in this case I broke my own rule about trying not to read series until they are finished.

To sum up, this is an action-packed story and it's fun to read. I like when we can empathize completely with at least one of the characters, but this is not really that kind of story. It can be enjoyed as a standalone, but I would feel able to judge it more fairly once I have read the whole trilogy.
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jcm790 | 14 other reviews | May 26, 2024 |
I'm a little hard-pressed to decide what I can say about this novel, partly because I'm not sure what I can say about Asher's work that hasn't been said, partly because I'm not interested in giving away any spoilers. At the very baseline though, this is a view of life at the very bottom of the food chain in Asher's galactic civilization, as this time he's writing about the fate of human slaves in this reality, and it's just as nasty and gross as one can imagine; the existential opposite from "cozy." That's probably the point; that there are millions of people living shit existences in our own world, a number that is ever expanding, and rubbing that reality in, might be the thematic back story here. In the end, I liked this novel, but this is not the place to begin if you're coming fresh to Asher; the "Transformation" trilogy might be a good starting place for the total newbie.… (more)
 
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Shrike58 | 4 other reviews | May 8, 2024 |
I am not (yet) well-versed in the Asher universe. I've only read one or two others and Locus reviews of a few more. The Technician makes constant reference to events in other books, especially the Prador War, but still works OK as a standalone. Space opera of the modern sort, which means big numbers tossed around freely -- intelligent (and hostile) entities that are millions of years old, space weapons capable of ripping planets and suns apart, population deaths in the thousands and millions -- and gory death and mutilation every few chapter, a penchant of Asher, Hamilton, and Barnes, and probably others. The story in this one revolves around a proctor of the Theocracy -- a willing if not particular major cog in a vicious religious government -- twenty years after the Polity and other forces toppled the govenment and a creature called the Technician chewed up most of him but didn't kill him, and left something behind. His story is interesting enough to carry the primary arc of the book, along with some revelations about where the Technician came from.

One annoying part is that scene shifts from one set of characters to another are completely unmarked by any whitespace. I don't know if this is an Asher gimmick to keep the reader off-guard or bad editing by the publisher (Night Shade Books), but I found no value in it.

Can't quite label this "recommended" -- it's just space opera with bits of horror -- but there's nothing wrong with it if that's your thing.
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ChrisRiesbeck | 10 other reviews | Mar 9, 2024 |
Crash, bang, wallop. In space. Big ships and narrow escapes. I need a gridlink to Neil Asher's mind to have any chance of remembering the details of who all the characters and motivations are. But the ride was fun, if confusing and inconclusive. Leading man, Agent Ian Cormac, needs a life. But maybe he's not human after all....
 
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breathslow | 11 other reviews | Jan 27, 2024 |

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