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By Arjen on 01-20-18
Best sci-fi action writer I know
Even though the polity series is chuck full of fast pased emersive combat and gritty cyberpunk characters it is not in any sense light reading. Neal Asher is a master of epic world building and interesting character development. The science in his work often esoteric and mysterious yet with a strong foundation in the world he built.
What attracts me most to his writing is that Asher manages to capture the grit and feel of early cyperpunk works and manages to hold on to that through huge and intricate story arcs. Something most early cyberpunk writers never really mastered.
I am relistening the entire polity universe series now since it is finally complete in audiobook form. I do advise anyone with similar ambitions to google the timeline and read the series chronologically. Asher has been writing in this universe for decades, prequels sequels an all, so it can get a little confusing if you just go by audible's inferior sorting options.
Ps: A tip for you audible devs: remember my sorting preferences already, sigh.. Resorting every query to release date got tiresome years ago. The new terminology does not help either.
If you like Neal Asher go check out Peter F. Hamilton too. Not as much grit and action but seriously good at building story arcs . Takes epic out of the spectrum.