As a dedicated fan of science fiction, I am always looking for new and exciting authors to read. One of my recent discoveries is Neal Asher, who has quickly become one of my favorite writers. His novels are packed with action, adventure, and intrigue, and I never know what will happen next. In this article, I have compiled a list of my 10 favorite works by Neal Asher. If you’re looking for an edge-of-your-seat thrill ride, then be sure to check out his books!
1) The Skinner
The Skinner is the first book in the Polity series and introduces many of the characters and themes that recur throughout Asher’s work. The book is set on the planet Spatterjay, where a virulent disease has given rise to a new form of life – the hoopers – who are effectively immortal. Florida Skinner, a bounty hunter with a grudge against one of the hoopers comes into this setting.
2) The Line of Polity
The Line of Polity is the second book in the Polity series and continues the story of Florida Skinner from The Skinner. This time she is tracking down a rogue AI, which leads her into conflict with some very powerful enemies indeed.
Gridlinked is the first book in the Agent Cormac series and is one of Asher’s best-known works. It introduces Cormac, an agent of the Polity, who is sent to investigate some strange goings-on in the outer reaches of human-occupied space. The book is full of action and adventure, as well as some thought-provoking ideas about artificial intelligence and its place in the universe.
4) Brass Man
Brass Man is the second book in the Agent Cormac series and picks up where Gridlinked left off. Cormac is now on the trail of a serial killer who is targeting AIs, which leads him into danger once again. This book is another fast-paced thriller with some excellent characters and plenty of twists and turns.
5) Line War
Line War is the third book in the Agent Cormac series and sees Cormac pitted against an old enemy, the Prador Kingdom. This time he must stop them from unleashing a devastating weapon that could destroy the entire human race. This is another thrilling adventure from Asher, with plenty of action and some very memorable moments.
6) The Voyage of the Sable Keech
The Voyage of the Sable Keech is the first book in the Transformation trilogy and introduces us to Chaline, a young woman who has been chosen to be one of the new generations of genetically-engineered humans known as posthumans. Chaline is sent on a voyage to another planet, where she must confront her own fears and prejudices. This is a thought-provoking and exciting book that raises some interesting questions about the future of humanity.
7) The White House
The White House is the second book in the Transformation trilogy and continues Chaline’s story from The Voyage of the Sable Keech. Chaline is now on Earth, where she must help to stop a war between the posthumans and the humans. This is another action-packed book with plenty of twists and turns, as well as some fascinating ideas about the future of humanity.
8) The Shadow of the Scorpion
The Shadow of the Scorpion is the third book in the Transformation trilogy and brings Chaline’s story to a conclusion. Chaline is now in the middle of a civil war between the posthumans and the humans, and she must choose which side to support. This is another excellent book from Asher, with plenty of action and some thought-provoking ideas about the future of humanity.
9) The Polity Companion
The Polity Companion is a non-fiction book that provides an overview of Neal Asher’s work up to the publication of The Line of Polity. It includes an interview with Asher, as well as articles about his work, providing a valuable resource for fans of his work.
10) Prador Moon
Prador Moon is the first book in the Prador War trilogy and introduces us to Captain John Spacejock, a freighter captain who gets caught up in the middle of a war between the human race and the Prador, a race of aliens. This is an excellent book with plenty of action and some very memorable characters.