A COLLECTION by Paul McAuley
CATEGORY Science Fiction
PUBLICATION DATE March 2013
COVER ART Jim Burns
STANDARD EDITION —Unsigned jacketed hardcover with printed endpapers —ISBN 978-1-848635-96-8 [£25]
DELUXE EDITION— 200 numbered copies signed by Paul McAuley and including a 34 page chapbook containing three additional stories. This edition comes in a slipcase with full colour artwork by Jim Burns — ISBN 978-848637-97-5 [£60]
Times Altered, Times To Come
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’.
Paul McAuley has published 19 crime and science-fiction novels, including Fairyland, which won the Arthur C. Clarke and John W. Campbell Awards, Mind’s Eye, The Quiet War, and Gardens of the Sun. His latest novel is Evening’s Empires. He has also published over eighty short stories, winning the British Fantasy Society award for ‘The Temptation of Doctor Stein’, the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award for ‘The Choice’ and the Philip K. Dick Award for ‘Four Hundred Billion Stars’. Formerly a research biologist, he is now a full-time writer, and lives in North London.
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'I won't even pretend to be impartial about the work of Paul McAuley. I bought and published lots of it when I was editor of Asimov's and reeprinted other stories in my Best of the Year series, both before and after my stint at Asimov's. Suffice it to say that I consider McAuley to be one of the two or three best writers working in SF today, and believe some of the stories colllected in A Very British History: The Best Science Fiction Stories of Paul McAuley, 1985-2011, especially "The Temporary King", "Gene Wars", "Recording Angel", "Second Skin", "17", "Sea Change, With Monsters", "City of the Dead", and "The Choice" to be among the best science fiction stories published by anyone in this period, not just the best of Paul McAuley.'