WorldCat Identities

Asher, Neal L. 1961-

Works: 69 works in 356 publications in 6 languages and 9,846 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Science fiction  War fiction 
Roles: Author
Classifications: PR6101.S54, 823.92
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Neal L Asher
Dark intelligence by Neal L Asher( Book )

15 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 768 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After awakening one hundred years after his death at the hands of a haywire AI, Thorvald Spear vows revenge on the machine intelligence and marshalls Isobel Satomi, former criminal and part AI herself, to his cause
Zero point by Neal L Asher( Book )

12 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 634 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Thanks to Alan Saul, the Committee's network of control is a smoking ruin and its robotic enforcers lie dormant. But power abhors a vacuum and, scrambling from the wreckage, comes the ruthless Serene Galahad. She must act while the last vestiges of Committee infrastructure remain intact-- and she has the means to ensure command is hers. On Mars, Var Delex fights for the survival of Antares Base, while the Argus Space Station hurls towards the red planet. And she knows whomever, or whatever, trashed Earth is still aboard. And aboard Argus Station, Alan Saul's mind has expanded into the local computer network. In the process, he uncovers the ghastly experiments of the Humanoid Unit Development, the possibility of eternal life, and a madman who may hold the keys to interstellar flight
The skinner by Neal L Asher( Book )

18 editions published between 2002 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 603 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Three unusual travelers arrive on the remote ocean planet of spatterjay, braving the perils of the world's voracious wildlife as they pursue their individual quests, unaware that their paths are about to converge as the planet threatens to erupt into chaos
War factory by Neal L Asher( Book )

15 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 593 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Thorvald Spear, resurrected from his death over a hundred years earlier, continues to hunt Penny Royal, the rogue AI and dangerous war criminal on the run from Polity forces. Beyond the Graveyard, a lawless and deadly area in deep space, Spear follows the trail of several enemy Prador, the crab-like alien species with a violent history of conflict with humanity. Sverl, a Prador genetically modified by Penny Royal and slowly becoming human, pursues Cvorn, a Prador harboring deep hatred for the Polity looking to use him and other hybrids to reignite the dormant war with mankind. Blite, captain of a bounty hunting ship, hands over two prisoners and valuable memplants from Penny Royal to the Brockle, a dangerous forensics entity under strict confinement on a Polity spaceship that quickly takes a keen interest in the corrupted AI and its unclear motives. Penny Royal meanwhile continues to pull all the strings in the background, keeping the Polity at bay and seizing control of an attack ship. It seeks Factory Station Room 101, a wartime manufacturing space station believed to be destroyed. What does it want with the factory? And will Spear find the rogue AI before it gets there?"--
Brass man by Neal L Asher( Book )

16 editions published between 2005 and 2013 in English and Czech and held by 538 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Human beings have considerable freedom in Polity Space, a mostly civilized place, but enormously powerful AIs make all the important decisions. Three monstrous creatures threaten the Polity: Dragon, a gigantic being of unknown origin; Skellor, an evil, once human scientist transformed by the nanotechnology of the extinct Jain race; and Mr. Crane, the monstrous killing machine who does Skellor's bidding
Jupiter war by Neal L Asher( Book )

14 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 529 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Trapped on the surface of Mars, Saul and his sister Var must find a way to return to Argus Station, but the new base commander, Rhone, stands in their way. Saul wants to pursue his dreams, turning the Argus Station into an interstellar vessel, rebuilding it with weapons, and leaving the solar system. Meanwhile, Alex, the clone of Alessandro Messina, watches those around him change as they become 'chipped' and able to control station robots. Immortality lies within their grasp, yet rebellion is brewing, and Alex's old bloody skills might be required. Injured and dying aboard the Scourge, after its brush with Argus Station's warp field, Captain Scotonis is determined to have his revenge on Serene Galahad for killing his family with the Scour. Clay Ruger, however, is equally as determined to survive. Perhaps the gene bank data aboard can be used to buy a pardon and, perhaps, someone else more murderous that him has chosen [than] course. Bitter at allowing Saul to escape her grasp, Serene Galahad wreaks her vengeance on her tacticians, but it is not enough and she needs to be where the action is. In the Mars Traveller construction station in Earth orbit Professor Calder is building the ships that might be able to catch Saul, and the weapons to stop him."--Author's web page
The departure by Neal L Asher( Book )

4 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 479 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Visible in the night sky, the Argus Station, its twin smelting plants like glowing eyes, looks down on nightmare Earth. From Argus, the Committee keep an oppressive control: citizens are watched by cams systems and political officers, it's a world inhabited by shepherds, reader guns, razor birds and the brutal Inspectorate with its white tiled cells and pain inducers. Soon the Committee will have the power to edit human minds, but not yet, as twelve billion human beings need to die before Earth can be stabilized, but by turning large portions of Earth into concentration camps this is achievable, especially when the Argus satellite laser network comes fully online
Shadow of the scorpion : a novel of the polity by Neal L Asher( Book )

13 editions published between 2008 and 2013 in English and Czech and held by 472 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Raised to adulthood during the end of the war between the human Polity and a vicious alien race, the Prador, Ian Cormac is haunted by childhood memories of a sinister scorpion-shaped war drone and the burden of losses he doesn't remember. Cormac signs up with Earth Central Security and is sent out to help restore and maintain order on worlds devastated by the war. There he discovers that though the Prador remain as murderous as ever, they are not anywhere near as treacherous or dangerous as some of his fellow humans, some closer to him than he would like. Amidst the ruins left by wartime genocides, Cormac will discover in himself a cold capacity for violence and learn some horrible truths about his own past while trying to stay alive on his course of vengeance
Gridlinked by Neal L Asher( Book )

16 editions published between 2001 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 447 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On the brink of burnout, Cormac disconnects his brain from the artificial intelligence network that enables rapid interstellar travel and is forced to track and elude a vicious psychopath while uncovering fiercely guarded secrets
Prador Moon : a novel of the polity by Neal L Asher( Book )

13 editions published between 2006 and 2013 in English and Czech and held by 437 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Polity, a space-faring civilization ruled mostly by AIs because only they can cope with the math for the runcible operation enabling interstellar travel, has just made first contact. No one knew quite what to expect of the crablike Prador's visit to Avalon Station, though the massacre that ensued wasn't on anybody's list. Seems the bloodthirsty Prador are bent on taking over the Polity and its runcible technology
Cowl by Neal L Asher( Book )

19 editions published between 2004 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 421 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In the far future, the Heliothane Dominion is triumphant in the solar system, after a bitter war. But some of the enemy have escaped into the distant past, where they can position themselves to wreak havoc across time. The worst of these is the monstrous Cowl, an artifically forced advance in human evolution, more vicious than any prehistoric beast ..."--Page 4 of cover
Infinity engine by Neal L Asher( Book )

9 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and held by 341 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In the outskirts of space, and the far corners of the Polity, complex dealings are in play. Several forces continue to pursue the deadly and enigmatic Penny Royal, none more dangerous than the Brockle, a psychopathic forensics AI and criminal who has escaped the Polity's confinements and is upgrading itself in anticipation of a deadly showdown, becoming ever more powerful and intelligent. Aboard Factory Station Room 101, the behemoth war factory that birthed Penny Royal, groups of humans, alien prador, and AI war drones grapple for control. The stability of the ship is complicated by the arrival of a gabbleduck known as the Weaver, the last living member of the ancient and powerful Atheter alien race. What would an Atheter want with the complicated dealings of Penny Royal? Are the Polity and prador forces playing right into the dark AI's hand, or is it the other way around? Set pieces align in the final book of Neal Asher's action-packed Transformation trilogy, pointing to a showdown on the cusp of the Layden's Sink black hole, inside of which lies a powerful secret, one that could destroy the entire Polity"--
The departure : an owner novel by Neal L Asher( Book )

8 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 288 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The beginning of a new series featuring Alan Saul, from Neal Asher, a master of "space opera."
The year's best science fiction : thirty-first annual collection( Book )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 284 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In the new millennium, what secrets lay beyond the far reaches of the universe? What mysteries belie the truths we once held to be self evident? The world of science fiction has long been a porthole into the realities of tomorrow, blurring the line between life and art. Now, in The Year's Best Science Fiction: Thirty-First Annual Collection the very best SF authors explore ideas of a new world in the year's best short stories"--
Line War by Neal L Asher( Book )

19 editions published between 2008 and 2014 in English and Czech and held by 269 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Polity is under attack from melded AI entity controlling the lethal Jain technology, but the attack seems to have no coherence. When one of Erebus's wormships kills millions of innocent civilians on Klurhammon, a high-tech agricultural world of no real tactical significance, Cormac is sent to investigate... though he is secretly struggling to control a new-found ability no human being should rightfully possess, while also beginning to question the true motives of his AI masters." "Further attacks and seemingly indiscriminate slaughter ensue, but serve only to bring some of the most dangerous individuals in the Polity into the war. Mr. Crane, the indefatigable brass killing machine, sets out for vengeance, and Orlandine, a vastly augmented haiman also in control of Jain technology, is seeking a weapon of appalling power with the aid of some bizarre relics from an ancient war." "Meanwhile Mika, scientist and Dragon expert, is again kidnapped by that massive alien entity and dragged into the heart of things: to wake the cerators of Jain technology from their five-million-year slumber." "Then it begins to emerge that attacks by Erebus are not as indiscriminate as they seem, and could actually mean the beginning of the end for the Polity..."--BOOK JACKET
Hilldiggers by Neal L Asher( Book )

13 editions published between 2007 and 2014 in English and held by 262 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A terrible war once raged between the two rival planets within a distant solar system. Over the centuries their human inhabitants had 'adapted' themselves to the extremely different conditions of their new homes, far outside Polity influence. In the midst of this merciless conflict, one side encountered a bizarre object suspected of being a cosmic superstring employed as a new weapon by the rival side. Their attack on it caused the object to collapse into four parts, each found to be packed either with alien technology or some unknown form of life. Pending further study, these were quickly encased inside four separate Ozark cylinders and stored in a massively secure space station in orbit." "Sometime later, while conducting research on this alien entity, which they now call 'the Worm', a female scientist falls pregnant and subsequently gives birth to quads. She then inexplicably commits suicide by walking directly out into space." "The war was finally brought to an end by the use of new weapons arising as a result of research on the Worm. These weapons were deployed by giant space dreadnoughts nicknamed 'hilldiggers' - and their destructive power was sufficient to create entire new mountain ranges out of the vanquished planet's ravaged terrain. Twenty years after the dust has settled, those four exceptionally talented orphans have grown up to assume varying degrees of power and influence within a post-war society." "And one of this exceptional breed now seems determined to gain total control over the deadly hilldiggers. But why?"--BOOK JACKET
Polity agent by Neal L Asher( Book )

15 editions published between 2006 and 2014 in English and Czech and held by 254 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"From eight hundred years in the future, a runcible gate is opened into the Polity. Those now coming through it had been sent specially to take the alien 'Maker' back to its home civilization in the small magellanic cloud. Once these refugees are safely through, the gate is rapidly shut down because something alien is pursuing them. The gate itself is then dumped into a nearby sun. From those same refugees agent Cormac learns that the Maker civilization has been destroyed by a devastating virus known as the Jain technology. This naturally raises questions: why was Dragon--that massive bioconstruct of the Makers--really sent to the Polity? And why did a Jain node suddenly end up in the hands of someone capable of wreaking the most damage with it?"--Publisher's description
Orbus by Neal L Asher( Book )

13 editions published between 2009 and 2014 in English and Czech and held by 251 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In charge of an old cargo spaceship, the old captain Orbus flees a violent and sadistic past, but he doesn't know that the lethal war drone, Sniper, is a stowaway, and that the past is rapidly catching up with him. His old enemy the Prador Vrell, mutated by the Spatterjay virus into something powerful and dangerous, has seized control of a Prador dreadnought, murdering its crew, and is now seeking to exact vengeance on those who tried to have him killed. Their courses inexorably converge in the Graveyard, the border realm lying between the Polity and the Prador Kingdom, a place filled with the ruins left by past genocides and interplanetary war. But this is the home of the Golgoloth, monster to a race of monsters, the place where a centuries-long cold war is being fought. Meanwhile, the terrifying Prador King is coming, prepared to do anything to ensure Vrell's death and keep certain deadly secrets buried ... and somewhere out there something that has annihilated civilizations is stirring from a slumber of five million years."--Publishers' description
The voyage of the Sable Keech by Neal L Asher( Book )

15 editions published between 2006 and 2014 in English and Czech and held by 247 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sable Keech is a walking dead man, and the only one to have been resurrected by nanochanger. Did he succeed because he was infected by the Spatterjay virus, or because he came late to resurrection in a tank of seawater? Tracing the man's last-known seaborne journey, Taylor Bloc wants to know the truth. He also wants so much else--adulation, power, control--and will go to any lengths to achieve them. An ancient hive mind, almost incomprehensible to the human race, has sent an agent to this uncertain world. Does it simply want to obtain the poison 'sprine' that is crucial to immortality--and, if so, maybe Janer must find it and stop it
The technician by Neal L Asher( Book )

11 editions published between 2010 and 2015 in English and Czech and held by 241 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Theocracy has been dead for twenty years, and the Polity rules on Masada. But the Tidy Squad consists of rebels who cannot accept the new order. Their hate for surviving theocrats is undiminished, and the iconic Jeremiah Tombs is at the top of their hitlist. Escaping his sanatorium Tombs is pushed into painful confrontation with reality he has avoided since the rebellion. His insanity must cured, because the near mythical hooder called the Technician that attacked him all those years ago, did something to his mind even the AIs fail to understand. Tombs might possess information about the suicide of an entire alien race. The war drone Amistad, whose job it is to bring this information to light, recruits Lief Grant, an ex-rebel Commander, to protect Tombs, along with the black AI Penny Royal, who everyone thought was dead. The amphidapt Chanter, who has studied the bone sculptures the Technician makes with the remains of its prey, might be useful too. Meanwhile, in deep space, the mechanism the Atheter used to reduce themselves to animals, stirs from slumber and begins to power-up its weapons."--Fantastic Fiction website
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The skinner
Alternative Names
Asher, Neal

Asher, Neal 1961-

Asher, Neal L. 1961-

Neal Asher autore di fantascienza britannico

Neal Asher britischer Science-Fiction-Autor

Neal Asher British science fiction author

Neal Asher Brits romanschrijver

Эшер, Нил 1961-

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