Paul J. McAuley

Paul J. McAuley (born 23 April 1955) is a British botanist and science fiction author.

A biologist by training, McAuley writes mostly hard science fiction, dealing with themes such as biotechnology, alternative history/alternative reality, and space travel.

McAuley began with far-future space opera Four Hundred Billion Stars, its sequel Eternal Light, and the planetary-colony adventure Of the Fall. Red Dust, set on a far-future Mars colonized by the Chinese, is a planetary romance featuring many emerging technologies and SF motifs: nanotechnology, biotechnology, artificial intelligence, personality downloads, virtual reality. The Confluence series, set in an even more distant future (about ten million years from now), is one of a number of novels to use Frank J. Tipler's Omega Point Theory (that the universe seems to be evolving toward a maximum degree of complexity and consciousness) as one of its themes.[1] About the same time, he published Pasquale's Angel, set in an alternative Italian Renaissance and featuring Niccolò Machiavegli (Machiavelli) and Leonardo da Vinci as major characters.

McAuley has also used biotechnology and nanotechnology themes in near-future settings: Fairyland describes a dystopian, war-torn Europe where genetically engineered "dolls" are used as disposable slaves. Since 2001 he has produced several SF-based techno-thrillers such as The Secret of Life, Whole Wide World, and White Devils.

Four Hundred Billion Stars, his first novel, won the Philip K. Dick Award in 1988.[2] Fairyland won the 1996 Arthur C. Clarke Award[3] and the 1997 John W. Campbell Memorial Award for Best SF Novel.[4] "The Temptation of Dr. Stein", won the British Fantasy Award. Pasquale's Angel won the Sidewise Award for Alternate History (Long Form).

Paul McAuley 2005
Paul McAuley at Worldcon 2005 in Glasgow



Four Hundred Billion Stars Series

  • Four Hundred Billion Stars. London: Gollancz. 1988. [Philip K. Dick Award winner, 1988][2]
  • Secret Harmonies. London: Gollancz, 1989. ISBN 0-575-04580-9. (Published in the United States as Of the Fall)
  • Eternal Light. London: Gollancz, 1991. ISBN 0-575-04931-6 — BSFA Award nominee, 1991[5] and Clarke Award nominee, 1992[6]

The Confluence Series

  • Child of the River. London: Gollancz, 1997. ISBN 0-575-06427-7
  • Ancients of Days. London: Gollancz, 1998. ISBN 0-575-06428-5
  • Shrine of Stars. London: Gollancz, 1999. ISBN 0-575-06429-3
  • Confluence - The Trilogy. London: Gollancz, 2014. ISBN 0-575-11942-X[7]

The Quiet War series

  • The Quiet War: London, Gollancz, 2008. ISBN 978-0-575-07933-5 — Clarke Award nominee, 2009[8]
  • Gardens of the Sun. London: Gollancz, 2009. ISBN 978-0-575-07937-3
  • In the Mouth of the Whale. London: Gollancz, 2012. ISBN 978-0-575-10073-2
  • Evening's Empires: London, Gollancz, 2013. ISBN 978-0-575-10079-4[9]
  • Stories from the Quiet War (2011), a collection of five stories:
    • "Making History", first published in 2000
    • "Incomers", first published in 2008
    • "Second Skin", first published in 1997 in Asimov's
    • "Reef", first published in 2000
    • "Karyl’s War", first published in this collection

The Jackaroo series

  • Something Coming Through: London, Gollancz, 2015.[10]
  • Into Everywhere. London: Gollancz, 2016.[10]
  • Dust (short story) (2006)
  • Winning Peace (short story) (2007)
  • City of the Dead (short story) (2008)
  • Adventure (short story) (2008)
  • Crimes and Glory (short story) (2009)
  • The Choice (short story) (2011)
  • Bruce Springsteen (short story) (2012)
  • The Man (short story) (2012)
  • Something Happened Here, But We're Not Quite Sure What It Was (short story) (2016)

Other novels

  • Red Dust. London: Gollancz, 1993. ISBN 0-575-05488-3
  • Pasquale's Angel. London: Gollancz, 1994. ISBN 0-575-05489-1 — Clarke and British Fantasy Awards nominee, 1995[11], Sidewise Award winner
  • Fairyland. London: Gollancz, 1995. ISBN 0-575-06070-0 — BSFA Award nominee, 1995;[11] Clarke Award winner, 1996;[3] Campbell Award winner, 1997[4]
  • The Secret of Life. London: Voyager, 2001. ISBN 0-00-225904-4 — BSFA Award nominee, 2001;[12] Clarke Award nominee, 2002[13]
  • Whole Wide World. London: Voyager, 2002. ISBN 0-00-225903-6
  • White Devils. London: Simon & Schuster, 2004. ISBN 0-7432-3885-0 — Campbell Award nominee, 2005[14]
  • Mind's Eye. London: Simon & Schuster, 2005. ISBN 0-7432-3887-7 — Campbell Award nominee, 2006[15]
  • Players. London: Simon & Schuster, 2007. ISBN 0-7432-7617-5
  • Cowboy Angels: London: Gollancz, 2007. ISBN 978-0-575-07934-2
  • Austral: London: Gollancz, 2017. ISBN 978-1473217317



  • King of the Hill. London: Gollancz, 1988. ISBN 0-575-05001-2
    • The King of the Hill
    • Karl and the Ogre
    • Transcendence
    • The Temporary King
    • Exiles
    • Little Ilya and Spider and Box
    • The Airs of Earth
    • The Heirs of Earth
  • The Invisible Country. London: Gollancz, 1996. ISBN 0-575-06072-7 — Philip K. Dick Award nominee, 1998[16]
    • "Gene Wars" (1991)
    • Prison Dreams
    • "Recording Angel" (1995)
    • Dr Luther’s Assistant
    • "The Temptation of Dr. Stein" (1996) — set in the same timeline than Pasquale's Angel (1994)
    • Children of the Revolution
    • The True History of Doctor Pretorius
    • Slaves
  • Little Machines. Harrogate: PS Publishing, 2005. ISBN 1-902880-94-3
    • The Two Dicks
    • Residuals
    • 17
    • All Tomorrow’s Parties
    • Interstitial
    • How we Lost the Moon
    • Under Mars
    • Danger: Hard Hack Area
    • The Madness of Crowds
    • The Secret of My Success
    • The Proxy
    • I Spy
    • The Rift
    • Alien TV
    • Before the Flood
    • A Very British History
    • Cross Roads Blues
  • A Very British History. Harrogate: PS Publishing, 2013.[17][18]
    • Little Ilya and Spider and Box
    • The Temporary King
    • Cross Road Blues
    • Gene Wars
    • Prison Dreams
    • Children of the Revolution
    • Recording Angel
    • Second Skin
    • All Tomorrow’s Parties
    • 17
    • Sea Change, With Monsters
    • How We Lost the Moon, A True Story by Frank W. Allen
    • A Very British History
    • The Two Dicks
    • Meat
    • Rocket Boy
    • The Thought War
    • City of the Dead
    • Little Lost Robot
    • Shadow Life
    • The Choice

Short Stories

  • "Antarctica starts here". Asimov's Science Fiction. 36 (10&11): 48–56. Oct–Nov 2012.
  • "A Brief Guide To Other Histories"
  • "Edna Sharrow"
  • "Inheritance"
  • "Planet of Fear" (2015) in Old Venus (anthology)[19]
  • "Rocket Boy"
  • Set in the Jackaroo universe:
    • "Winning Peace" (2016), in the collection Galactic Empires by Neil Clarke.
    • "Something Happened Here, But We’re Not Quite Sure What It Was" (2016), published as a freebie on[20]

Critical studies and reviews of McAuley's work

  • Spinrad, Norman (Apr–May 2013). "Doors to anywhere". On Books. Asimov's Science Fiction. 37 (4&5): 183–191. Reviews Cowboy Angels.


  1. ^ "Hard Science, Radical Imagination: An Interview with Paul J McAuley". Infinity Plus. Retrieved 2015-10-23.
  2. ^ a b "1988 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End. Retrieved 2009-05-16.
  3. ^ a b "1996 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End. Retrieved 2009-05-16.
  4. ^ a b "1997 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End. Retrieved 2009-05-16.
  5. ^ "1991 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End. Retrieved 2009-05-16.
  6. ^ "1992 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End. Retrieved 2009-05-16.
  7. ^ "Paul McAuley - Confluence The Trilogy cover art and synopsis reveal". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 24 October 2013.
  8. ^ "2009 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End. Retrieved 2009-05-16.
  9. ^ "Paul McAuley - Evening's Empires cover art and synopsis revealed". Archived from the original on 6 October 2013. Retrieved 5 April 2013.
  10. ^ a b "Paul McAuley - Something Coming Through and Into Everywhere synopsis reveal". Archived from the original on 7 December 2013. Retrieved 3 December 2013.
  11. ^ a b "1995 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End. Retrieved 2009-05-16.
  12. ^ "2001 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End. Retrieved 2009-05-16.
  13. ^ "2002 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End. Retrieved 2009-05-16.
  14. ^ "2005 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End. Retrieved 2009-05-16.
  15. ^ "2006 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End. Retrieved 2015-10-23.
  16. ^ "1998 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End. Retrieved 2009-05-16.
  17. ^ "Paul McAuley - A Very British History cover art unveiled". Archived from the original on 19 March 2013. Retrieved 11 March 2013.
  18. ^ "Paul McAuley announces A Very British History, table of contents unveiled". Archived from the original on 3 March 2013. Retrieved 11 March 2013.
  19. ^ "Not A Blog: Venus In March". 19 June 2014. Archived from the original on 21 August 2014. Retrieved 27 September 2014.
  20. ^ "Something Happened Here, But We're Not Quite Sure What It Was". Retrieved 2017-04-06.

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Arthur C. Clarke Award

The Arthur C. Clarke Award is a British award given for the best science fiction novel first published in the United Kingdom during the previous year. It is named after British author Arthur C. Clarke, who gave a grant to establish the award in 1987. The book is chosen by a panel of judges from the British Science Fiction Association, the Science Fiction Foundation, and a third organisation, which as of 2012 is the Sci-Fi-London film festival. The award has been described as "the UK's most prestigious science fiction prize".Any "full-length" science fiction novel written or translated into English is eligible for the prize, provided that it was first published in the United Kingdom during the prior calendar year. There is no restriction on the nationality of the author, and the publication history of works outside the United Kingdom is not taken into consideration. Books may be submitted for consideration by their publishing company, and beginning in 2016 self-published titles have been eligible with certain qualifications. An official call for entries is issued to UK publishers every year and members of the judging panel and organisation committee also actively call in titles they would like to see submitted. A title must be actively submitted in order to be considered. The judges form a shortlist of six works that they feel are worthy of consideration, from which they select a winning book. The winner receives an engraved bookend and a prize consisting of a number of pounds sterling equal to the current year, such as £2012 for the year 2012. Prior to 2001, the award was £1000.During the 32 nomination years, 125 authors have had works nominated, 27 of whom have won. China Miéville has won three times, while Pat Cadigan and Geoff Ryman have won twice; no other author has won multiple times. Stephen Baxter and Gwyneth Jones have the most nominations at seven, and Baxter has the most nominations without winning. Neal Stephenson has won once out of six nominations; Ken MacLeod and Kim Stanley Robinson have also been nominated six times. Paul J. McAuley and Miéville have been nominated five times; McAuley has one win, whereas MacLeod and Robinson have none.

Evening's Empires

Evening's Empires is a 2013 science fiction novel by Paul J. McAuley, the fourth in his Quiet War sequence.

Eye of the Tiger (disambiguation)

"Eye of the Tiger" is a 1982 song by Survivor.

Eye of the Tiger may also refer to any of the following:

Eye of the Tiger (album), the 1982 album by Survivor from which the song was taken

Eye of the Tiger (film), an action/drama film from 1986

Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger, a fantasy film from 1977

The Eye of the Tiger (novel), 1975 novel by Wilbur Smith

The Eyes of the Tiger, a 1965 novel in the Nick Carter-Killmaster spy series

The Eye of the Tyger, 2003 novel by Paul J. McAuley

The Eye of the Tiger, a 61.5-carat brown diamond, part of the jewellery collection of the Indian state of Nawanagar

Gardens of the Sun

Gardens of the Sun is a 2009 science fiction novel by Paul J. McAuley. It is a sequel to his 2008 novel The Quiet War.

Gene Wars

Gene Wars may refer to:

The Gene Wars universe, a science fiction and fantasy universe developed by C. J. Cherryh

The science fiction short story "Gene Wars" by Paul J. McAuley

Genewars, a Bullfrog Productions strategy game from 1996

Ethnic bioweapon, a weapon that harms people having certain genes

In the Mouth of the Whale

In the Mouth of the Whale is a 2012 science fiction novel by Paul J. McAuley, the third in his Quiet War sequence.

John W. Campbell Memorial Award for Best Science Fiction Novel

The John W. Campbell Memorial Award for Best Science Fiction Novel, or Campbell Memorial Award, is an annual award presented by the Center for the Study of Science Fiction at the University of Kansas to the author of the best science fiction novel published in English in the preceding calendar year. It is the novel counterpart of the Theodore Sturgeon Award for best short story, awarded by the same organization. The award is named in honor of John W. Campbell (1910–71), whose science fiction writing and role as editor of Analog Science Fiction and Fact made him one of the most influential editors in the early history of science fiction. The award was established in 1973 by writers and critics Harry Harrison and Brian Aldiss "as a way of continuing his efforts to encourage writers to produce their best possible work." Locus magazine has listed it as one of the "major awards" of written science fiction.The winning novel is selected by a panel of science fiction experts, intended to be "small enough to discuss among its members all of the nominated novels". Among members of the panel have been Gregory Benford, Paul A. Carter, James Gunn, Elizabeth Anne Hull, Christopher McKitterick, Farah Mendlesohn, Pamela Sargent, and Tom Shippey. In 2008 Mendlesohn was replaced with Paul Kincaid, in 2009 Carter left the panel while Paul Di Filippo and Sheila Finch joined, and Lisa Yaszek replaced Di Filippo in 2016. Nominations are submitted by publishers and jurors, and are collated by the panel into a list of finalists to be voted on. The minimum eligible length that a work may be is not formally defined by the center. The winner is selected by May of each year, and is presented at the Campbell Conference awards banquet in June at the University of Kansas in Lawrence as part of the centerpiece of the conference along with the Sturgeon Award. The award has been given at the conference since 1979; prior to then it was awarded at various locations around the world, starting at the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1973. Winners are always invited to attend the ceremony. The Center for the Study of Science Fiction maintains a trophy which records all of the winners on engraved plaques affixed to the sides, and since 2004 winners have received a smaller personalized trophy as well.During the 46 years the award has been active, 176 authors have had works nominated; 46 of these authors have won. In two years, 1976 and 1994, the panel selected none of the nominees as a winner, while in 1974, 2002, 2009, and 2012 the panel selected two winners rather than one. Frederik Pohl and Joan Slonczewski have each won twice, the only authors to do so, out of four and two nominations, respectively. Kim Stanley Robinson and Paul J. McAuley have won once out of seven nominations, and Jack McDevitt, Adam Roberts, and Robert J. Sawyer have won once out of five nominations, while Nancy Kress, Bruce Sterling, and Robert Charles Wilson have won once out of four nominations. Greg Bear has the most nominations without winning at nine, followed by Sheri S. Tepper at six, James K. Morrow at five, and William Gibson, Ken MacLeod, and Charles Stross at four.


Novacon is an annual science fiction convention, usually held each November in the English Midlands. Launched in 1971, it has been hosted by the Birmingham Science Fiction Group since 1972.

Philip K. Dick Award

The Philip K. Dick Award is a science fiction award given annually at Norwescon and sponsored by the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society and (since 2005) the Philip K. Dick Trust. Named after science fiction and fantasy writer Philip K. Dick, it has been awarded since 1983, the year after his death. It is awarded to the best original paperback published each year in the US.The award was founded by Thomas Disch with assistance from David G. Hartwell, Paul S. Williams, and Charles N. Brown. As of 2016, it is administered by Gordon Van Gelder. Past administrators include Algis Budrys, David G. Hartwell, and David Alexander Smith.

Pyr (publisher)

Pyr is the science fiction and fantasy imprint of Prometheus Books, launched in March 2005 with the publication of John Meaney's Paradox.

Prometheus Books' name was derived from Prometheus, the Titan from Greek mythology who gave fire to humans. The name Pyr, the Greek word for fire, was chosen to continue this connection to fire and the liveliness of imagination.

Lou Anders served as Pyr's editorial director from its inception until 2014.

Sidewise Award for Alternate History

The Sidewise Awards for Alternate History were established in 1995 to recognize the best alternative history stories and novels of the year.

Something Coming Through

Something Coming Through is a 2015 novel by Paul J. McAuley featuring elements of science fiction and crime fiction.

Space opera

Space opera is a subgenre of science fiction that emphasizes space warfare, melodramatic adventure, interplanetary battles, chivalric romance, and risk-taking. Set mainly or entirely in outer space, it usually involves conflict between opponents possessing advanced abilities, futuristic weapons, and other sophisticated technology. The term has no relation to music, but is instead a play on the terms "soap opera" and "horse opera", the latter of which was coined during the 1930s to indicate clichéd and formulaic Western movies. Space operas emerged in the 1930s and continue to be produced in literature, film, comics, television and video games.

An early film which was based on space opera comic strips was Flash Gordon (1936) created by Alex Raymond. In the late 1970s, the Star Wars franchise (1977–present) created by George Lucas brought a great deal of attention to the subgenre. After the convention-breaking "New Wave", followed by the enormous success of the Star Wars films, space opera became once again a critically acceptable subgenre. Throughout 1982–2002, the Hugo Award for best science fiction novel was often given to a space opera nominee.

Telos Doctor Who novellas

The Telos Doctor Who novellas were a series of tie-in novellas based on the long-running BBC science fiction television series Doctor Who, officially licensed by the BBC and published by Telos Publishing.

Each novella was published in two formats: standard hardback and deluxe hardback. The BBC's license was specifically only to do hardback fiction (since its BBC Books imprint was concurrently publishing its own line of paperback Doctor Who novels), although following further negotiations two of the novellas were subsequently re-printed in paperback. "Deluxe editions" were also published, which were often autographed by the author and/or an actor from the TV series. (For example, the deluxe edition of Nightdreamers was signed by the author, the illustrator, and actress Katy Manning who wrote the foreword and whose character Jo Grant appears in the book.)

Fallen Gods won the Aurealis Award for best Australian science fiction novel of 2004.

Characters from the novella The Cabinet of Light also feature in the Time Hunter series of novellas by Telos.

Telos Publishing

Telos Publishing Ltd. is a publishing company, originally established by David J. Howe and Stephen James Walker, with their first publication being a horror anthology based on the television series Urban Gothic in 2001. The name comes from that of the fictional planet Telos from the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who.

Since being formed, Telos Publishing Ltd. has published a wide variety of works, from original novellas based on Doctor Who to original horror and fantasy novels. They also produce a variety of unofficial guide books to popular television and film series, as well as the Time Hunter series of novellas. Starburst magazine called them "perhaps the UK's best-known independent publishers of Doctor Who books".Telos have employed many unknown writers, and also publish work by known award-winning authors such as Graham Masterton and Simon Clark. They have also been nominated for a variety of awards in their own right, such as the Canadian Prix Aurora Award, and the British Fantasy Awards, where they won the PS Publishing Award for Best Small Press in 2010 and 2011. One of their publications, the Doctor Who novella Small Gods by Jonathan Blum and Kate Orman, won an Aurealis Award for Best Australian Science Fiction Novel, the first television tie-in to receive a major science-fiction award. Christopher Fowler's novella Breathe won the British Fantasy Society Award for best novella in 2005. In 2006, Telos' founders Howe and Walker won the World Fantasy Award for Best Non-Professional for their publishing work.

The Eye of the Tyger

The Eye of the Tyger is an original novella written by Paul J. McAuley and based on the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who. It features the Eighth Doctor. It was released as a standard edition hardback, a deluxe edition (ISBN 1-903889-25-1) featuring a frontispiece by Jim Burns, and also a Special Deluxe Edition (limited to only 40 copies). All editions have a foreword by Neil Gaiman.

The Quiet War (novel)

The Quiet War is a 2008 science fiction novel written by Paul McAuley. It was published by Gollancz. The novel was an Arthur C. Clarke Award Nominee in 2009.

Wetware (novel)

Wetware is a 1988 biopunk science fiction novel written by Rudy Rucker. It shared the Philip K. Dick Award in 1988 with Four Hundred Billion Stars by Paul J. McAuley. The novel is the second book in Rucker's Ware Tetralogy, preceded by Software in 1982 and followed by Freeware in 1997.

White devil

White devil or white demon may refer to:

The White Devil, a 1612 tragedy by John Webster

The White Devil (film), a 1930 German film directed by Alexandre Volkoff

White Devils, a 2004 novel by Paul J. McAuley

Black God, White Devil, a 1964 film from Brazil

Div-e Sepid (literally, "white demon"), the chieftain of divs (demons) from the epic Shahnameh

a nickname for Amuro Ray, a fictional character in Mobile Suit Gundam

a nickname for Takamachi Nanoha, a fictional character in Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha

"White Demon", ring name of wrestler Ricky Marvin

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