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Asher, Neal L. 1961-

Overview
Works: 70 works in 254 publications in 3 languages and 7,161 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Science fiction 
Classifications: PR6101.S54, 823.92
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Most widely held works by Neal L Asher
The departure by Neal L Asher ( Book )
10 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 682 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
The skinner by Neal L Asher ( Book )
14 editions published between 2002 and 2013 in English and held by 670 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 palnet threatens to erupt into chaos
Brass man by Neal L Asher ( Book )
13 editions published between 2005 and 2013 in English and held by 626 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
Zero point by Neal L Asher ( Book )
12 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 543 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
Shadow of the scorpion : a novel of the polity by Neal L Asher ( Book )
9 editions published between 2008 and 2013 in English and held by 528 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Raised to adulthood during the end of the war between the human Polity and the vicious arthropoid 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
Prador Moon : a novel of the polity by Neal L Asher ( Book )
10 editions published between 2006 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 520 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 )
17 editions published between 2004 and 2013 in English and held by 488 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..."--P. 4 of cover
Gridlinked by Neal L Asher ( Book )
12 editions published between 2001 and 2013 in English and held by 482 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
Hilldiggers by Neal L Asher ( Book )
10 editions published between 2007 and 2014 in English and held by 297 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
During a war between two planets in the same solar system - each occupied by adapted humans - what is thought to be a cosmic superstring is discovered. After being cut, this object collapses into four cylindrical pieces, each about the size of a tube train. Each is densely packed with either alien technology or some kind of life
Line War by Neal L Asher ( Book )
10 editions published between 2008 and 2013 in English and held by 285 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Polity is under attack from a 'melded' AI entity with control of the lethal Jain technology, yet the attack seems to have no coherence. When one of Erebus' worm ships kills millions on the world of Klurhammon, a high-tech agricultural world of no real tactical significance, agent Ian Cormac is sent to investigate
Orbus by Neal L Asher ( Book )
11 editions published between 2009 and 2014 in English and Czech and held by 270 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 technician by Neal L Asher ( Book )
6 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in English and held by 258 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
The gabble and other stories by Neal L Asher ( Book )
9 editions published between 2008 and 2013 in English and held by 254 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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 in 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 favour
The voyage of the Sable Keech by Neal L Asher ( Book )
13 editions published between 2006 and 2014 in English and German and held by 254 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
The engineer reconditioned by Neal L Asher ( Book )
5 editions published between 2006 and 2014 in English and held by 225 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This is a collection of short stories/novelas
The line of polity by Neal L Asher ( Book )
8 editions published between 2003 and 2013 in English and held by 216 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Outlink station Miranda has been destroyed by a nanomycelium and the very nature of this sabotage suggests that the alien bioconstruct, Dragon, is somehow involved. Agent Cormac must investigate this, and also navigate the difficulties of Masaka, a world about to be subsumed as the Line of Polity is drawn across it."--Publisher's description
Polity agent by Neal L Asher ( Book )
10 editions published between 2006 and 2014 in English and held by 194 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
Polity agent by Neal L Asher ( Book )
2 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 98 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
From 800 years in the future, a runcible gate is opened into the Polity and those coming through it have 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 itself is rapidly shut down - because something alien is pursuing them. The gate is then dumped into a nearby sun. From those refugees who get through, agent Cormac learns that the Maker civilization has been destroyed by pernicious virus known as the Jain technology. This, of course, raised questions: why was Dragon, a massive biocontruct of the Makers, really sent to the Polity; why did a Jain node suddenly end up in the hands of someone who could do the most damage with it? Meanwhile an entity called the Legate is distributing pernicious Jain nodes ...and a renegade attack ship, The King of Hearts, has encountered something very nasty outside the Polity itself
Jupiter war by Neal L Asher ( Book )
5 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 63 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Power vacuums and new despots spring up across the solar system, in the wake of the events of The Departure and Zero Point. Alan Saul continues to be in the middle of the chaos and destruction that make up Jupiter War
Africa zero by Neal L Asher ( Book )
2 editions published between 2001 and 2006 in English and held by 44 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
 
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Alternative Names
Asher, Neal
Asher, Neal, 1961-
Эшер, Нил, 1961-
アッシャー, ニール
Languages
English (185)
German (1)
Czech (1)
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