In the eight years since his first full-length novel, Gridlinked, was published by Pan Macmillan, Neal Asher has firmly established himself as one of the leading British writers of science fiction, and his novels are now translated into many languages. Most of his stories are set in a galactic future-scape called The Polity, and with this collection of marvellously inventive and action-packed short stories, he takes us further into the manifold diversities of that amazing universe.
No one does monsters better than Neal Asher, so be prepared to revisit the lives and lifestyles of such favorites as the gabbleduck and the hooder, to savor alien poisons, the walking dead, the Sea of Death, and the putrefactor symbiont.
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Great Collection if Your a Fan of Asher
The reader makes it easier to get into each story between transitions.
There was a great story of a gunslinger in a sci-fi setting named Snow.
I love Asher novels and the insipid black AI Penny royal always peaks my interest.
If you have not experienced the polity universe I would suggest starting with Gridlinked and pick this one up once you reach the Masada novel. I never liked sci fi before I read Ashers books. Somehow I always learn to love his best villains and any technology presented is backed by solid theory. This guy knows his stuff.