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Ken MacLeod (1) (1954–)

Author of Cosmonaut Keep

For other authors named Ken MacLeod, see the disambiguation page.

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Series

Works by Ken MacLeod

Cosmonaut Keep (2000) 1,256 copies, 22 reviews
The Star Fraction (1995) 1,139 copies, 18 reviews
The Cassini Division (1998) 1,045 copies, 21 reviews
Newton's Wake: A Space Opera (2004) 1,024 copies, 24 reviews
Learning the World (2005) 902 copies, 17 reviews
The Stone Canal (1996) 896 copies, 16 reviews
Dark Light (2001) 816 copies, 18 reviews
The Sky Road (1999) 765 copies, 11 reviews
Engine City (2002) 698 copies, 12 reviews
The Execution Channel (2007) 555 copies, 25 reviews
The Night Sessions (2008) 441 copies, 21 reviews
The Restoration Game (2010) 285 copies, 16 reviews
Intrusion (2012) 274 copies, 15 reviews
The Corporation Wars: Dissidence (2016) 218 copies, 13 reviews
Descent (2014) 139 copies, 10 reviews
Beyond the Hallowed Sky (2021) 131 copies, 7 reviews
The Corporation Wars: Insurgence (2016) 119 copies, 2 reviews
The Human Front (2001) 85 copies, 3 reviews
The Corporation Wars: Emergence (2017) 77 copies, 1 review
Divisions (2009) 71 copies, 2 reviews
The Human Front / A Writer's Life (2013) — Contributor — 45 copies, 1 review
Poems (2015) — Editor — 41 copies
The Highway Men (2006) 39 copies, 1 review
Selkie Summer (2020) 38 copies, 13 reviews
The Engines of Light (2003) 29 copies
The fall revolution (2001) 28 copies
Cydonia (1998) 16 copies
Earth Hour (2011) 16 copies, 2 reviews
Who's Afraid of Wolf 359? [short story] (2007) 12 copies, 2 reviews
A Case of Consilience [short story] (2005) 8 copies, 2 reviews
Jesus Christ Reanimator (2016) 5 copies
Lighting Out {short story} 4 copies, 1 review
Poems and Polemics (2001) 3 copies
The Oort Crowd (2000) 3 copies
Undead Again 3 copies
Blue Kansas Sky 2 copies
Sidewinders [short story] (2010) 2 copies

Associated Works

Use of Weapons (1990) — Introduction, some editions — 5,494 copies, 143 reviews
The Atrocity Archives (2001) — Introduction, some editions — 3,555 copies, 140 reviews
Double Star (1956) — Introduction, some editions — 3,142 copies, 75 reviews
The Word for World Is Forest (1972) — Introduction, some editions — 2,962 copies, 94 reviews
The New Space Opera (2007) — Contributor — 563 copies, 17 reviews
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Third Annual Collection (2006) — Contributor — 532 copies, 4 reviews
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Nineteenth Annual Collection (2002) — Contributor — 527 copies, 5 reviews
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Fifth Annual Collection (2008) — Contributor — 483 copies, 3 reviews
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Fourth Annual Collection (2007) — Contributor — 435 copies, 7 reviews
By Blood We Live (2009) — Contributor — 305 copies, 7 reviews
The Cambridge Companion to Science Fiction (2003) — Contributor — 286 copies, 4 reviews
Year's Best SF 6 (2001) — Contributor — 284 copies, 7 reviews
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Ninth Annual Collection (2012) — Contributor — 240 copies, 5 reviews
Year's Best SF 11 (2006) — Contributor — 237 copies, 5 reviews
The Mammoth Book of Alternate Histories (2010) — Contributor — 204 copies, 6 reviews
Year's Best SF 13 (2008) — Contributor — 192 copies, 4 reviews
The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Volume Two (2008) — Contributor — 167 copies, 4 reviews
Reach for Infinity (2014) — Contributor — 140 copies, 5 reviews
Fast Forward 1: Future Fiction from the Cutting Edge (2007) — Contributor — 131 copies, 5 reviews
Year's Best SF 17 (2012) — Contributor — 131 copies, 3 reviews
Solaris Rising: The New Solaris Book of Science Fiction (2011) — Contributor — 124 copies, 4 reviews
Futures from Nature (2007) — Contributor — 113 copies, 5 reviews
The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction: Volume 3 (2009) — Contributor — 101 copies, 3 reviews
Nebula Awards Showcase 2002: The Year's Best SF and Fantasy (2002) — Commentary — 91 copies, 1 review
Seeds of Change (2008) — Contributor — 90 copies, 5 reviews
Glorifying Terrorism, Manufacturing Contempt: An Anthology (2006) — Contributor — 69 copies, 3 reviews
Nova Scotia: New Scottish Speculative Fiction (2005) — Contributor — 63 copies, 1 review
When It Changed: Science into Fiction (2009) — Contributor — 58 copies, 3 reviews
War and Space: Recent Combat (2012) — Author — 50 copies, 2 reviews
Infinities (2002) — Contributor — 48 copies
The Web: 2028 (1999) — Contributor — 45 copies
The Stories: Five Years of Original Fiction on tor.com (2013) — Contributor — 38 copies
Dislocations: Nine Stories of Speculation and Imagination (2007) — Contributor — 36 copies, 2 reviews
Science Fiction: The Best of the Year, 2008 Edition (2008) — Contributor — 34 copies
Best of British Science Fiction 2019 (2020) — Contributor — 31 copies, 15 reviews
The Big Book of Cyberpunk (2023) — Contributor — 31 copies
TRSF (2011) — Contributor — 21 copies
Cinema Futura (2010) — Contributor — 19 copies
Best of British Science Fiction 2017 (2018) — Contributor — 14 copies
Vital Signals: Virtual Futures, Near-Future Fictions (2022) — Contributor — 14 copies, 8 reviews
Tor.com: Selected Original Fiction, 2008-2012 (2014) — Contributor — 11 copies, 2 reviews
Stories of Hope and Wonder: In Support of the UK's Healthcare Workers (2020) — Contributor — 11 copies, 1 review
Clarkesworld: Issue 135 (December 2017) (2017) — Contributor — 5 copies, 1 review
Subterranean Magazine Spring 2009 — Contributor — 5 copies
Forever Magazine Issue 3 (2015) — Contributor — 2 copies

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The second book in the trilogy picks up right where the first left off. With the excitement of the discovery of FTL behind and the conspiracy of Black Horizon exposed, this book is free to explore the implications of FTL, first contact and new, habitable planets and moons, as well as AI. There's a lot going on with some really good characters and good writing. I'm looking forward to reading the third book.
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Karlstar | 2 other reviews | Jul 18, 2024 |
Somewhat lengthy prologue, which managed to not trigger my 'what was the point of that!' response (I typically don't think that prologues are valuable; my usual exception is when they recap previous volume(s) in the series). It does contain a significant amount of nastiness of thinking from the viewpoint character, who holds some extreme religious views and expresses them offensively to another character.

Fortunately, the rest of the story is mostly told from a different character's viewpoint. Sadly, this is a cop, who in passing mentions having (historically) been involved in significant police brutality. Thus, do not expect to find yourself particularly sympathising with the characters. The author has not made them sympathetic, but has made them interesting to read.

I like MacLeod's work - I find the writing captivating and the plots detailed and clever. That is definitely the case here, although --as with many thrillers--I did find aspects a bit over the top. Especially knowing that a particularly stressed section of the narrative was in fact not the peak, because thriller tropes would have one of the main characters at risk of life, limb, or liberty, and we weren't there yet. I was pleasantly surprised with how that particular trope was worked in to the story.

Overall, a rollicking good time was had, even though the topics were a bit grim. Themes relating to oppressive constant surveillance and data collecting were a bit overwhelming, although I felt that MacLeod's predictions were a bit more positive than your standard cyberpunk approach.
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fred_mouse | 20 other reviews | May 26, 2024 |
metric system is harder than fiction, look at those huawei phones
 
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postsign | 6 other reviews | Dec 28, 2023 |
Another novel that I've been meaning to read for years but, having finally gotten around to it, I'm not sure that it was worth the effort. Keeping in mind that I've experienced diminishing returns with MacLeod's writing the last few times that I've read his work, the reality here is that he probably hasn't changed much, but I have. This is not to mention that even though AIs and down-loaded personalities are people too in contemporary SF, none of these entities were really holding my attention. About the best praise that I can give this book is that I liked it just well enough to consider reading the follow-on novels, and I probably need to try some of MacLeod's books that aren't political tracts set in space.… (more)
 
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Shrike58 | 12 other reviews | Sep 26, 2023 |

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