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Neal Asher - Author

About the Author

Neal Asher was born in Billericay, Essex, and divides his time between here and Crete. His previous full-length novels are Gridlinked, The Skinner, The Line of Polity, Cowl, Brass Man, The Voyage of the Sable Keech, Polity Agent, Hilldiggers, Prador Moon, Line War, Shadow of the Scorpion, Orbus and The Technician. Previous Owner Series novels are The Departure and Zero Point.

Featured books by Neal Asher

Dark Intelligence Dark AI: Book One

Dark Intelligence Dark AI: Book One

Author: Neal Asher Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/01/2015

One man will transcend death to seek vengeance. One woman will transform herself to gain power. And no one will emerge unscathed...Thorvald Spear wakes in hospital, where he finds he's been brought back from the dead. What's more, he died in a human vs. alien war which ended a whole century ago. But when he relives his traumatic final moments, he finds the spark to keep on living. That spark is vengeance. Trapped and desperate on a world surrounded by alien Prador forces, Spear had seen a rescue ship arriving. But instead of providing backup, Penny Royal, the AI within the destroyer turned rogue. It annihilated friendly forces in a frenzy of destruction, and, years later, it's still free. Spear vows to track it across worlds and do whatever it takes to bring it down. Isobel Satomi ran a successful crime syndicate. But after competitors attacked, she needed more power. Yet she got more than she bargained for when she negotiated with Penny Royal. She paid it to turn her part-AI herself, but the upgrades hid a horrifying secret. The Dark AI had triggered a transformation in Isobel that would turn her into a monster, rapidly evolving into something far from human. Spear hires Isobel to take him to the Penny Royal AI's last known whereabouts. But he cheats her in the process and he becomes a target for her vengeance. And as she is evolves further into a monstrous predator, rage soon wins over reason. Will Spear finish his hunt, before he becomes the hunted? This is the first volume in a no-holds-barred adventure set in Asher's popular Polity universe.

Jupiter War The Owner Series: Book Three

Jupiter War The Owner Series: Book Three

Author: Neal Asher Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/04/2014

Alan Saul is now part human and part machine, and our solar system isn't big enough to hold him. He craves the stars, but can't leave yet. His sister Var is trapped on Mars, on the wrong side of a rebellion, and Saul's human side won't let her die. He must leave Argus Station to stage a dangerous rescue -- but mutiny is brewing on board, as Saul's robots make his crew feel increasingly redundant. Serene Galahad will do anything to prevent Saul's escape. Earth's ruthless dictator hides her crimes from a cowed populace as she readies new warships for pursuit. She aims to crush her enemy in a terrifying display of interstellar violence. Meanwhile, The Scourge limps back to earth, its crew slaughtered, its mission to annihilate Saul a disaster. There are survivors, but while one seeks Galahad's death, Clay Ruger will negotiate for his life. Events build to a climax as Ruger holds humanity's greatest asset -- seeds to rebuild a dying Earth. This stolen Gene Bank data is offered at a price, but what will Galahad pay for humanity's future?

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Jupiter War An Owner Novel

Jupiter War An Owner Novel

Author: Neal Asher Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/09/2013

Alan Saul is now part human and part machine, and our solar system isn't big enough to hold him. He craves the stars, but can't leave yet. His sister Var is trapped on Mars, on the wrong side of a rebellion, and Saul's human side won't let her die. He must leave Argus Station to stage a dangerous rescue -- but mutiny is brewing on board, as Saul's robots make his crew feel increasingly redundant. Serene Galahad will do anything to prevent Saul's escape. Earth's ruthless dictator hides her crimes from a cowed populace as she readies new warships for pursuit. She aims to crush her enemy in a terrifying display of interstellar violence. Meanwhile, The Scourge limps back to earth, its crew slaughtered, its mission to annihilate Saul a disaster. There are survivors, but while one seeks Galahad's death, Clay Ruger will negotiate for his life. Events build to a climax as Ruger holds humanity's greatest asset -- seeds to rebuild a dying Earth. This stolen Gene Bank data is offered at a price, but what will Galahad pay for humanity's future?

Other books by Neal Asher

The Human

The Human

Author: Neal Asher Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/04/2020

Their enemy seems unbeatable. But humanity is indomitable . . . A Jain warship has risen from a prison five million years old, wielding a hoard of lethal technology. Its goal is to catch their old enemy, the Client, and it will destroy all who stand in its path. Humanity and the prador thought their mutual nemesis - the bane of so many races - was long extinct. But the Jain are back and Orlandine must prepare humanity's defence. She needs the Client's knowledge to counter this ancient threat. But is the enemy of your enemy a friend? Earth Central even looks to the prador for alliance. These old enemies must now learn to trust one another, or face utter annihilation. As the Jain warship crosses the galaxy, it seems unstoppable. Human and prador forces alike struggle to withstand its devastating weaponry - far in advance of their own. And Orlandine's life's work has been to neutralize Jain technology, so if she can't triumph, no one can. But could she become what she's vowed to destroy? The Human is the final, thrilling, book in Neal Asher's Rise of the Jain trilogy. 'Neal Asher's books are like an adrenaline shot targeted directly for the brain' John Scalzi, author of the Old Man's War series 'Magnificently awesome. Then Asher turns it up to eleven' Peter F. Hamilton on the first in the trilogy, The Soldier

The Human

The Human

Author: Neal Asher Format: Hardback Release Date: 16/04/2020

Their enemy seems unbeatable. But humanity is indomitable . . . A Jain warship has risen from a prison five million years old, wielding a hoard of lethal technology. Its goal is to catch their old enemy, the Client, and it will destroy all who stand in its path. Humanity and the prador thought their mutual nemesis - the bane of so many races - was long extinct. But the Jain are back and Orlandine must prepare humanity's defence. She needs the Client's knowledge to counter this ancient threat. But is the enemy of your enemy a friend? Earth Central even looks to the prador for alliance. These old enemies must now learn to trust one another, or face utter annihilation. As the Jain warship crosses the galaxy, it seems unstoppable. Human and prador forces alike struggle to withstand its devastating weaponry - far in advance of their own. And Orlandine's life's work has been to neutralize Jain technology, so if she can't triumph, no one can. But could she become what she's vowed to destroy? The Human is the final, thrilling, book in Neal Asher's Rise of the Jain trilogy. 'Neal Asher's books are like an adrenaline shot targeted directly for the brain' John Scalzi, author of the Old Man's War series 'Magnificently awesome. Then Asher turns it up to eleven' Peter F. Hamilton on the first in the trilogy, The Soldier

The Warship

The Warship

Author: Neal Asher Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/02/2020

In this second volume of Rise of the Jain, Neal Asher takes us on a thrilling ride into interstellar politics and impending war. Their nemesis lies in wait . . . Orlandine has destroyed the alien Jain super-soldier by deploying an actual black hole. And now that same weapon hoovers up clouds of lethal Jain technology, swarming within the deadly accretion disc's event horizon. All seems just as she planned. Yet behind her back, forces incite rebellion on her home world, planning her assassination. Earth Central, humanity's ruling intelligence, knows Orlandine was tricked into releasing her weapon, and fears the Jain are behind it. The prador king knows this too - and both foes gather fleets of warships to surround the disc. The alien Client is returning to the accretion disc to save the last of her kind, buried on a ship deep within it. She upgrades her vast weapons platform in preparation, and she'll need it. Her nemesis also waits within the disc's swirling dusts - and the Jain have committed genocide before. The Warship is set in Neal Asher's popular Polity universe.

The Gabble - And Other Stories

The Gabble - And Other Stories

Author: Neal Asher Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/01/2020

An extraordinary collection from a master of science fiction Much of Neal Asher's fiction is set in the galactic civilization he calls the Polity, an alliance of human-populated worlds. And in this collection of thirteen marvellously inventive and action-packed short stories, Asher is on top form. You can expect conflicted humans, fiendishly clever plot twists, extraordinary technologies and so much more. The discerning reader can also savour tales of alien poisons, the walking dead, the Sea of Death, and the putrefactor symbiont. No one does weird, wonderful and downright gruesome aliens better than Neal Asher, so prepare to visit his favourites. Sample the lifestyles of creatures such as the gabbleduck and the hooder, as Asher takes you on a wild ride into his vividly-imagined futures. From the architect of the Polity universe, Neal Asher's The Gabble - And Other Short Stories reveals a universe of unbridled imagination, and each one is a delight in itself.

Cowl

Cowl

Author: Neal Asher Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/01/2020

He's the nightmare you never imagined In the far-future, the Heliothane Dominion triumphed after a bitter war. But some enemies escaped into the past, to wreak havoc across time. The worst is Cowl - originally human, until artificially-forced evolution made him something else entirely. Polly is unprepared for her involvement with Nandru Jurgens. He's a Taskforce soldier, now hunted by killers. Nor can Polly resist the alien 'tor' she's compelled to attach to her arm. But when she's dragged through time, she learns fast. Tack has a tor fragment embedded in his wrist - a bloody reminder of Heliothane's government. As their vat-grown assassin, he's no stranger to violence. But the extent of this mission is different. Meanwhile, a beast hunts its targets through time's alternate dimensions. This is Cowl's pet tor - and it's eager to feed.

The Technician

The Technician

Author: Neal Asher Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/01/2020

Its secrets could mean our survival On the savage planet of Masada, one of the native aliens is spreading terror through the human population. It creates sculptures from its victims' remains, earning it its nickname: the Technician. And only Jeremiah Tombs has survived an encounter. This sent him mad, but he may have learned something key to humanity's survival - if he lives to remember it. Jeremiah was a member of a brutal regime, now deposed, and a radical sect still wants its revenge. The Technician buried something in Jeremiah's mind about the alien Atheter, an entire race that committed suicide. However, in seeking to understand their disappearance, we may somehow be attracting the same fate. And to unlock Jeremiah's secrets, Polity operatives must keep him alive.

Legends 3 Stories in Honour of David Gemmell

Legends 3 Stories in Honour of David Gemmell

Author: Neal Asher, Anna Smith Spark, Rj Barker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/05/2019

The Warship

The Warship

Author: Neal Asher Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/04/2019

In this second volume of Rise of the Jain, Neal Asher takes us on a thrilling ride into interstellar politics and impending war. Their nemesis lies in wait . . . Orlandine has destroyed the alien Jain super-soldier by deploying an actual black hole. And now that same weapon hoovers up clouds of lethal Jain technology, swarming within the deadly accretion disc's event horizon. All seems just as she planned. Yet behind her back, forces incite rebellion on her home world, planning her assassination. Earth Central, humanity's ruling intelligence, knows Orlandine was tricked into releasing her weapon, and fears the Jain are behind it. The prador king knows this too - and both foes gather fleets of warships to surround the disc. The alien Client is returning to the accretion disc to save the last of her kind, buried on a ship deep within it. She upgrades her vast weapons platform in preparation, and she'll need it. Her nemesis also waits within the disc's swirling dusts - and the Jain have committed genocide before. The Warship is set in Neal Asher's popular Polity universe.

The Warship

The Warship

Author: Neal Asher Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/04/2019

In this second volume of Rise of the Jain, Neal Asher takes us on a thrilling ride into interstellar politics and impending war. Their nemesis lies in wait . . . Orlandine has destroyed the alien Jain super-soldier by deploying an actual black hole. And now that same weapon hoovers up clouds of lethal Jain technology, swarming within the deadly accretion disc's event horizon. All seems just as she planned. Yet behind her back, forces incite rebellion on her home world, planning her assassination. Earth Central, humanity's ruling intelligence, knows Orlandine was tricked into releasing her weapon, and fears the Jain are behind it. The prador king knows this too - and both foes gather fleets of warships to surround the disc. The alien Client is returning to the accretion disc to save the last of her kind, buried on a ship deep within it. She upgrades her vast weapons platform in preparation, and she'll need it. Her nemesis also waits within the disc's swirling dusts - and the Jain have committed genocide before. The Warship is set in Neal Asher's popular Polity universe.

Prador Moon

Prador Moon

Author: Neal Asher Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/03/2019

It takes one encounter to turn peace into war . . . The worlds of the Polity stretch from Earth Central into the unfathomable reaches of the galactic void. And when humanity finally encounters alien life - in the form of massive, hostile carnivores known as the Prador - there can only be one outcome. Total warfare. Chaos reigns as, caught unawares, the Polity struggles to regain control. It must try and remake itself into a military society as starships clash, planets fall and space stations are overrun. But for Jebel Krong and Moria Salem, trapped at the centre of the action, this war is far more than a clash of cultures or technology versus brute force. This war is personal. Prador Moon is one of Neal Asher's most explosive excursions into the Polity universe - a vivid, visceral, brilliantly intense space opera that you won't soon forget.

Hilldiggers

Hilldiggers

Author: Neal Asher Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/03/2019

They have extraordinary power and aren't afraid to use it . . . Two planets in the same solar system are locked in war, when some kind of cosmic super-string is discovered. It seems packed with alien technology, or even perhaps life. And for safety it is stored - in four segments - within a maximum-security space station. A female research scientist falls pregnant on the station soon after, and gives birth to quads. Then she commits suicide. But why? By the war's end, one planet is devastated. It fell victim to the other's incredible hilldigger weaponry - so named as their blasts create mountains. Meanwhile, the quads have reached adulthood, and are gaining power in post-war society. One of them has his sights set on claiming the hilldiggers and their power for himself. But with what consequences for humanity? Hilldiggers is a fast-paced standalone, following events in Neal Asher's Spatterjay trilogy.

Shadow of the Scorpion

Shadow of the Scorpion

Author: Neal Asher Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/03/2019

Some secrets are too hard to bear . . . Following the human vs prador war, Ian Cormac signs up with Earth Central Security. He's sent out to restore order on worlds devastated by alien bombardment. But he learns humanity can be far more dangerous - even those closest to him. Amidst the tragic ruins left by wartime atrocities, Cormac discovers in himself the cold capacity for violence. It's a quality that'll make him one of Earth's top agents. Haunted by childhood memories of a sinister scorpion-shaped war drone, and the burden of losses he doesn't remember, he'll discover some hard truths. These will set him on a course of vengeance, where he'll have to use all his hard-won skills just to stay alive. A standalone prequel to Neal Asher's explosive Agent Cormac series.

The Voyage of the Sable Keech

The Voyage of the Sable Keech

Author: Neal Asher Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/11/2018

WILL AN ANCIENT TERROR RISE AGAIN? Taylor Bloc is a walking dead man, determined to live again. He also wants adulation, power and control - and will do anything to get them. Of Bloc's kind, Sable Keech alone has achieved resurrection. So Bloc will retrace Keech's journey across Spatterjay's wild seas, with his crew of killers, to grasp his secret. Erlin wanted solitude to understand her eternal life, until an attack prompts her own strange journey. And Janer returns, with forbidden weaponry. He must stop an agent controlled by a hive mind with a death fixation. But a wider crisis will overshadow personal missions. In the deeps, an alien Prador is stirring, horribly transformed by Spatterjay's immortality virus. And an enemy ship would destroy the planet to keep this secret.

Orbus

Orbus

Author: Neal Asher Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/11/2018

WILL DEADLY SECRETS STAY CONCEALED? Old Captain Orbus commandeered a ship to flee Spatterjay, desperate to escape the violent planet. Orbus's alien enemy, the Prador Vrell, is also moving on. The Spatterjay virus mutated him into something even more dangerous. And he's hunting the Prador King himself - who sought to kill him, to bury the secret of their similar transformations. Orbus and Vrell clash in the Graveyard, a lawless zone where the Prador have seized a key space station. Official action by humanity or Prador would end peace, as a centuries-long cold war simmers. So Earth commands Orbus to destroy the station, even as the King recruits a monster to exterminate Vrell. But their actions will awaken an intelligence that annihilated civilizations, as it stirs after five million years . . .

The Skinner

The Skinner

Author: Neal Asher Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/11/2018

IS IMMORTALITY WORTH THE PRICE? The savage ocean planet of Spatterjay draws visitors with very different agendas. Erlin is immortal and seeks a reason to keep living. Janer hosts a hive mind, which paid him to find this planet. And Keech is an agent of Earth who's been dead for seven hundred years - but still hunts a notorious criminal. On Spatterjay's vast waterscapes, only the Old Captains risk the native life forms and their voracious appetites. However, they are now barely human. And somewhere out there Keech's target - the Skinner - runs wild. Keech pursues the Skinner for atrocities committed in a centuries-past war, fought with the alien Prador. But one of these Prador is fast approaching Spatterjay to exterminate witnesses to his own war crimes. And he won't spare its visitors.

The Soldier

The Soldier

Author: Neal Asher Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/11/2018

The Soldier is the first novel in the Rise of the Jain series, by bestselling science fiction author Neal Asher. Her mission is vital. Her failure is unthinkable. A corner of space swarms with alien technology, a danger to all sentient life. It's guarded by Orlandine, who must keep it contained - as it could destroy entire civilizations. An alien intelligence shares her vigil. But she doesn't share everything with Dragon . . . Orlandine is hatching a plan to obliterate this technology, removing its threat forever. For some will do anything to exploit this ancient weaponry, created by a long-dead race called the Jain. This includes activating a Jain super-soldier, which may breach even Orlandine's defences. Meanwhile, humanity and the alien prador empire also watch this sector of space, as neither can allow the other to claim its power. However, things are about to change. The Jain might not be as dead as they seemed and interstellar war is just a heartbeat away.