Monday, March 11, 2013


"While the use of genetically engineered dolls in combat games in near-future Holland poses profound ethical questions, their liberated cousins threaten to alter the nature of human existence; on an artificial world beyond the edge of the Milky Way, one of the last humans triggers a revolution amongst alien races abandoned there by her ancestors; in the ocean of Europa, a hunter confronts a monster with its own agenda; in ‘The Two Dicks’, bestselling author Philip K. Dick has a life-changing meeting with President Nixon; while in ‘Cross Road Blues’ the fate of American history hinges on the career of an itinerant blues musician; and in the Sturgeon Award-winning novella ‘The Choice’, two young men make very different decisions about how they will come to terms with a world transformed by climate change and alien interference.

"Selected by the author himself from his output across over a quarter of a century, this landmark collection contains the very finest science fiction stories by one of Britain’s foremost masters of the genre. From sharply satirical alternate histories to explorations of the outer edges of biotechnology, from tales of extravagant far futures to visions of the transformative challenges of deep space, they showcase the reach and restless intelligence of a writer Publishers Weekly has praised as being ‘one of the field’s finest practitioners’."
The terrific cover is by Jim Burns, illustrating my Quiet War story 'Sea Change, With Monsters.' 
It's scheduled to be published at the end of March (I'll be at Eastercon, signing copies), but you can preorder it from PS Publishing now. There will be a signed limited edition with extra stories, an autobiographical essay, and endpaper art by Jim Burns, too.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gorgeous cover for an excellent collection (as are all of yours)-- looking forward to this! Much success to all involved.

March 12, 2013 1:44 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If I had to pick a single one of your short works as my favorite, "Sea Change, with Monsters" would be the winner. And that's an awesome cover (although those front limbs look more like arms than the bat-wing pectoral fins described in the text, just saying...).

March 13, 2013 9:34 pm  
Blogger Al said...

No ebook?

March 15, 2013 7:29 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you have a list of the stories that are exclusive to the limited edition?

March 21, 2013 2:33 am  
Blogger Paul McAuley said...

No eBook as yet. Will probably sort something out once the print editions expire. And I promise to repost the table of contents of the book, and add the stories in the limited edition supplement very soon (Friday 22, probably).

March 21, 2013 3:48 pm  

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