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About meNeal Asher lives sometimes in England, sometimes in Crete and mostly at a keyboard. Having over eighteen books published he has been accused of overproduction (despite spending far too much time ranting on his blog, cycling off fat, and drinking too much wine) but doesn’t intend to slow down just yet.

About my libraryErm, don't know yet - still my L plates on,

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Real nameThe Skinner

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Member sinceMar 9, 2010

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Hi Neal!
Damn me, my publisher didn’t change the locks when I popped outside for a cigarette. After four contracts for three books, plus a collection of short stories and two extras first published in America, over a million and a half words having passed under editorial pencils, they’re still not fed up with me. Even after having to tolerate a slightly drunk author wandering around Macmillan offices, snaffling any book that isn’t nailed down and secreting it in a Tesco carrier bag, they’re still prepared to put up with me. Wow!

Now, whilst progressively renewing my covers (using those superb Jon Sullivan pictures), Tor Macmillan have given me a five book contract, which I’ve signed. My last contract underwent a slight redesign with the last two books being swapped around so that The Departure, a novel based on short stories that appeared in my collection The Engineer ReConditioned, will be published last rather than second to last. This book will be the first of the ‘Owner Sequence’ comprising two further books titled Zero point and Jupiter War. After that I’m signed up for three as yet to be named books, so I’ll certainly be writing books for Macmillan for some years to come.

I see the future now. New employees at Macmillan will express momentary bafflement and surprise, “Neal Asher? I thought he was dead?” whereupon oldtimers will point nervously to a big iron-studded oak door, “We keep him in there”. Neophyte editors will be ushered through that door, “Keep to the right. Do not touch or approach the glass. You pass him nothing but soft paper…” Meanwhile, those working in book shops will check their latest delivery and dubiously eye the sagging ‘A’ shelf. A Hogwarts trained shelf-stacker will remove the books from their box with iron tongues, whilst a second employee affixes the chains.

Thanks all at Macmillan, it’s great working with you.

If anyone has any press queries, please email cdothealyatmacmillandotcodotuk

Your purpose in life - your life's mission - will be something you love and take great joy in. Joy is a natural expression of one who is fulfilling his or her purpose. What offers you peace? What gives you joy? What do you love to do? All these are clues to the destiny that you're trying to reach, your life's mission. Believe in yourself and trust that the universe is in your corner. Reach within, listen to the whispers of your heart, and bring what is within into the world. This is how you will begin to manifest and live your wishes and dreams.

- James Blanchard Cisneros, You Have Chosen to Remember: A Journey From Perception to Knowledge, Peace of Mind and Joy, p. 246
Excellent link! One of my favorite parts of Dune was (geekily) reading the appendix.

And a shame that they wouldn't publish LoP in the US. How the hell would they think people would know what's going on in Brass Man, which they did publish?...
Yeah, I saw the cool timeline in your post. Handy, but I was just a little afraid that the publication order might still influence things. Like how if something has been revealed and you go back later and write a prequel, you'll feel free not to try to hide that information from the reader (though you may hide it from the characters).

I always find it funny how authors are some of the least knowledgeable experts on their own works. :D But it's not too surprising, given how many versions/drafts you must work through and how much time there is between them. It may have taken you about seven years to write all the Ian Cormac novels, whereas I get to read them in the span of just a few months. Speaking of which, I've been trying to fill out the Common Knowledge fields on the Cormac books with People and Places. You probably have your own set of notes, but it may be a handy reference for you at some point. Especially considering how sneaky you are with full names. I get a kick out of you going whole books before you reveal a supporting characters full name ("his first name is Patran?"). After having gotten into LT, now when I'm reading your books and see an existing characters full name pop up, I can't help but jot it down immediately since I may not be able to find it again when I want to enter it in LT.

Thanks for the info on the books. I suppose I'll just have to content myself with the softcovers. Time to hit up the Book Depository.
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