Neal Asher is a science fiction writer whose work has been nominated for both the Philip K. Dick and the British Fantasy Society awards. He has published more than fifteen books, many set within his "Polity" universe, including Gridlinked, The Skinner, and Prador Moon. He divides his time between Essex and a home in Crete.
Praise for Dark Intelligence
"Beautifully paced ... does just as well as at slam-bang action scenes as at painting frightening pictures ... This is space opera at a high peak of craftsmanship."
--Publishers Weekly, starred review "What Asher delivers here is state-of-the-art SF on so many levels ... a compelling, smart read."
--Paul Di Filippo, Locus "Blends large portions of horror and mystery into an SF tale of revenge and redemption ... a complex and satisfying work."
--Library Journal, starred review "An exciting, intricate, and unabashedly futuristic story rife with twists and turns ... Asher returns to his popular far-future series, Polity Universe, with another fast-paced space opera filled with his trademark technological marvels and elaborate world building."
--Booklist "Explosive sci-fi action of the best kind that will leave you anxiously awaiting the sequel."
--Buzzfeed, "Best Science Fiction Books of 2015" "Dark Intelligence is a revenge story with plenty of meat on its bones. . .the multifaceted, complex storytelling rewards a dedicated reader with serious tension and mindblowing sci-fi thrills."
--Manhattan Book Review "Hardboiled, fast-paced space opera epic ... Asher's books are similar to the world of Iain M. Banks' Culture universe, but the Polity is arguably a much darker and more vicious environment--and all the better for it."
--The Register "Perpetually on the knife's edge, and this constant tension works wonders for creating a page-turning atmosphere. It's a damningly gripping and infecting book."
--Upcoming4.me "A superb novel and Asher has an amazing talent for world-building, for writing larger-than-life characters, for weaving gripping plots and for imagining exotic alien races and wonderful technologies. Huge ships! Big weapons! Space battles! Ground battles! Treason! Revenge! This is New Space Opera at its best."
--Sense of Wonder "One of his best works so far ... Asher is a modern master of sci-fi."
--Starburst magazine "[The Polity books] are SF novels that mix early cyberpunk's insouciance with the widescreen baroque spectacle of space opera and the pacing of an airport action-thriller. But even by Neal Asher's standards, there's something particularly grisly about Dark Intelligence."
--SFX Praise for Neal Asher
"Asher rocks with XXX adrenaline while delivering a vivid future."
--David Brin, New York Times-bestselling author of Kiln People "What has six arms, a large beak, looks like a pyramid, has more eyes than you'd expect, and talks nonsense? If you don't know the answer to that, then 1) you should and 2) you haven't been reading Neal Asher (see point 1)."
--Jon Courtenay Grimwood "Projects the terror-haunted sensibility of our time into a future of limitless brutality . . . Asher displays great virtuosity."
--The New York Times "Asher has lit up the sky of science fiction like a new sun."