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Paul J. McAuley

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The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twentieth Annual Collection (2003) — Avustaja — 493 kappaletta
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Sixteenth Annual Collection (1999) — Avustaja — 482 kappaletta
Cyberabad Days (2009) — Johdanto, eräät painokset472 kappaletta
The Oxford Book of Science Fiction Stories (1992) — Avustaja — 446 kappaletta
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The Year's Best Science Fiction: Ninth Annual Collection (1992) — Avustaja — 418 kappaletta
The Hard SF Renaissance (2003) — Avustaja — 347 kappaletta
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New Cthulhu: The Recent Weird (2011) — Avustaja — 332 kappaletta
The Living Dead 2 (2010) — Avustaja — 321 kappaletta
The Starry Rift (2008) — Avustaja — 284 kappaletta
The Space Opera Renaissance (2007) — Avustaja — 283 kappaletta
Year's Best SF 6 (2001) — Avustaja — 283 kappaletta
Other Worlds Than These (2012) — Avustaja — 247 kappaletta
Year's Best SF 11 (2006) — Avustaja — 236 kappaletta
Edge of Infinity (2012) — Avustaja — 225 kappaletta
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Thirtieth Annual Collection (2013) — Avustaja — 218 kappaletta
The Mammoth Book of Alternate Histories (2010) — Avustaja — 205 kappaletta
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Fifth Annual Collection (1988) — Tekijä — 192 kappaletta
Futures: Four Novellas (2001) — Avustaja — 187 kappaletta
Year's Best SF 12 (2007) — Avustaja — 186 kappaletta
New Legends (1995) — Avustaja — 174 kappaletta
Old Venus (2015) — Avustaja — 173 kappaletta
Vanishing Acts: A Science Fiction Anthology (2000) — Avustaja — 158 kappaletta
The Ultimate Cyberpunk (2002) — Avustaja — 151 kappaletta
Alien Contact [ebook] (2011) — Avustaja; Avustaja — 143 kappaletta
The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Volume Six (2012) — Avustaja — 141 kappaletta
The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 15 (2004) — Avustaja — 129 kappaletta
Galactic Empires (2017) — Avustaja — 121 kappaletta
The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 14 (2003) — Avustaja — 117 kappaletta
Hackers (1984) — Avustaja — 117 kappaletta
The Good New Stuff: Adventure in SF in the Grand Tradition (1999) — Avustaja — 114 kappaletta
The Mammoth Book of Dracula (1997) — Avustaja — 114 kappaletta
Futures from Nature (2007) — Avustaja — 113 kappaletta
The Mammoth Book of the Best of Best New SF (2008) — Avustaja — 104 kappaletta
The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 13 (2002) — Avustaja — 103 kappaletta
The Mammoth Book of SF Wars (2012) — Avustaja — 102 kappaletta
The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume 1 (2016) — Avustaja — 101 kappaletta
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The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy, 2010 Edition (2010) — Avustaja — 94 kappaletta
Nebula Awards Showcase 2002: The Year's Best SF and Fantasy (2002) — Commentary — 91 kappaletta
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Nebula Awards Showcase 2005 (2005) — Avustaja — 83 kappaletta
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Infinity's End (2018) — Avustaja — 74 kappaletta
The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy, 2012 Edition (2013) — Avustaja — 72 kappaletta
The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 12 (2001) — Avustaja — 71 kappaletta
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The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy, 2017 Edition (2017) — Avustaja — 67 kappaletta
Fast Forward 2 (2008) — Avustaja — 67 kappaletta
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Psychomania: Killer Stories (2014) — Avustaja — 36 kappaletta
The Eagle Has Landed: 50 Years of Lunar Science Fiction (2019) — Avustaja — 34 kappaletta
Burning Brightly: 50 Years of Novacon (2021) — Avustaja — 33 kappaletta
Constellations (2005) — Avustaja — 32 kappaletta
Haunts: Reliquaries of the Dead (2011) — Avustaja — 30 kappaletta
The Big Book of Cyberpunk (2023) — Avustaja — 29 kappaletta
In the Footsteps of Dracula: Tales of the Un-Dead Count (2017) — Avustaja — 27 kappaletta
Discoveries:First Focus Sci-Fi Anthology (1995) — Avustaja — 25 kappaletta
We, Robots (2010) — Avustaja — 24 kappaletta
Dark Terrors 2 (1996) — Avustaja — 24 kappaletta
Exploring the Horizons (2000) — Avustaja — 20 kappaletta
Postscripts Magazine, Issue 15: Worldcon 2008 Special (2008) — Avustaja, eräät painokset14 kappaletta
Asimov's Science Fiction: Vol. 24, No. 7 [July 2000] (2000) — Avustaja — 13 kappaletta
Avatars Inc (2020) — Avustaja — 13 kappaletta
The Year's Top Hard Science Fiction Stories (2017) — Avustaja — 13 kappaletta
Destination 3001 (2000) — Avustaja — 12 kappaletta
Extrasolar (2017) — Avustaja — 11 kappaletta
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Arc 1.2 Post human conditions (2012) — Avustaja — 11 kappaletta
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Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 69 • February 2016 (2016) — Avustaja — 9 kappaletta
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This novel is another of Paul McAuley's techno-thriller efforts, written in 2007 and about MMORPGs, which he sets out to explain to the uninitiated - perhaps not in such an info-dumping way as he did in Whole Wide World for DDOS attacks, but there's still an element of clunk about it.

There's a murder mystery that isn't much of a mystery - what's not given away in the blurb becomes fairly clear about three chapters in when we're introduced to an exceptionally mad and unpleasant tech billionaire and his (just plain unpleasant) sidekick. Said sidekick is perhaps the best-drawn character in the book, though that doesn't make him any the more likeable.

Otherwise, what we have here is a fairly straightforward police procedural set in the world of online gaming. There are a couple of nods to McAuley's science fiction background for the initiated, but otherwise this will seem fairly humdrum, especially seventeen years on. Having said that, the last quarter of the book doesn't quite go down the expected plot route; the tech billionaire enjoys the pleasures of the hunt, but any expectations the reader may have as to where that was going to take us don't quite come to pass. So ultimately, this novel was satisfying but not mind-blowing.
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½
 
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RobertDay | 1 muu arvostelu | May 6, 2024 |
Paul McAuley continues his expedition into the world of techno-thrillers with Mind's Eye, a London-based story centred around 'glyphs' - graphic images that lodge in the viewer's consciousness and can induce fits or (with appropriate drug preparations) render the viewer vulnerable to all manner of suggestions, from "buy this product" to "jump from this high place". The protagonist, Alfie Flowers, was neurologically damaged in childhood by accidental exposure to such a glyph, discovered by his grandfather in an archaeological expedition to Iraq in the 1930s: but now he has suddenly seen graffiti in London that incorporate the very glyphs that affected him, and he wants to know just how this has happened (and whether the artist can provide a cure). But he attracts the wrong sort of attention - others have seen the glyphs and see their potential. Alfie Flowers ends up in a life-threatening chase that takes him back to Iraq and encounters with his past.

The story moves at a great pace and the London setting is convincing. The graffiti art, obviously inspired by Banksy, also convinces. Alfie Flowers and the other characters are all well-drawn, to the extent that when some of them die, there is something of a sense of shock. The plot is, in equal parts, a mix of le Carré, Indiana Jones and The Long Good Friday; written in 2005, it is set contemporaneously and so the technology hasn't dated.

My one concern is that the device of the glyphs inevitably recalls David Langford's Basilisk stories about mind-altering graphics, especially BLIT and the 2001 Hugo-winner Different Kinds of Darkness. It is highly unlikely that McAuley was unaware of these stories - the British science fiction community is a pretty small one - but Dave Langford himself is too nice a person to mention this.

And when did the CIA stop referring to itself internally as "the Company"? Some operatives, both serving and former, make an appearance, and keep talking about "the Agency". Is this officially a thing now?

That apart, this is a compulsive page-turner with an unusual premise and appealing characters.
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RobertDay | 2 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Mar 7, 2024 |
The last Paul McAuley novel I read, Whole Wide World, fell down for me because, in part, it was set in the near future at the time it was written, but that setting itself was now in the past; and some aspects of the setting suffered badly as a result. I'm pleased to say that White Devils doesn't share that fate. Written in 2004, it is a novel of rampant biotechnology and genetic engineering set in the Africa of the 2040s in the aftermath of a major biotech accident. The setting will be depressingly familiar: an Africa riven with conflict and fragmentation, whilst neo-colonialist corporations scheme and intervene for their own ends. Into this steps Nicholas Hyde, an Englishman on a quest to find himself and explore the world. Whilst working as an environmental volunteer, he is persuaded to join a colleague on a field trip to collect samples from the scene of a suspected terrorist attack. But on arrival, the situation proves to be more deadly and horrifying than anyone suspected.

We are propelled into a compelling story of corporate conspiracy, NGOs, scientific and academic rivalry, power games, terrorism, corruption, greenwashing and local politics. Along the way, we find out more than we bargained for about the collision points between genetic research and palaeontology, and about Nicholas Hyde's own life story.

This is a substantial book, but I burnt my way through its more than 500 pages in about four days. There is action, local colour, and considerable body horror. There are some compelling images - the novel opens with one such, of butterflies, bio-engineered to carry company logos on their wings - and the sense of place is very strong. I've never been to Africa, but I had a vivid sense of what the land should look like. At the same time, the interventionist corporation that has taken over almost the complete administration and governance of the Congo is drawn in worrying detail, especially when it becomes clear that they use biochemically-induced emotional manipulation to secure employees' loyalty to the company. That is only a minor side-strand to the narrative.

Characters are well-drawn throughout, though there are a number who are distinctly unlikeable. Others are shown to be at the mercy of their circumstances, which drives their personal motivations. This may lead some readers to consider that Africans are being shown in a poor light, and European characters in a more positive one. The truth is rather more nuanced than that, but a superficial reading could mislead. And indeed, this is no Afrofuturist novel. Indeed, some may consider that its picture of a future Africa still mired in local conflict is pandering to stereotypes.

The main model for this book, however, is more Apocalypse Now as the protagonist makes a perilous journey into the interior of the continent in search of the bio-engineered creatures that killed friends and colleagues, and about which is a circle of conspiracy and murder. Along the way, he meets various characters, most of which end up very dead. Again, some stereotyping is apparent where the body count is concerned. There is a wealthy local fixer who has a ranch housing bioengineered big game animals, created for equally wealthy clients to hunt; that ranch is almost straight out of Ian Fleming's Goldfinger.

The protagonist made me think about another writer - John le Carré - as he purports to be a somewhat rootless young Englishman with an idealised view of helping the environment through assisting in research. But he has spent some time in the Army, albeit in a fairly second-echelon unit. He often comments that he never saw active service; and yet he is quite comfortable with handling weapons and explosives, and is no slouch in the action department. In this, he reminded me of the protagonist in le Carré's The Night Manager, who also had more in his past than he was prepared to admit.

But overall, this is an involving, immersive book. Many of our attitudes to issues of race and politics have changed in the twenty years since it was written, and a modern reader could find fault with a number of issues within its pages. But its African characters have agency, and their motivations are explored. And much of the villainy in the plot can be laid clearly at the feet of Western neo-colonialist capitalists. White Devils calls out blatant corporate greenwashing, and it maintains a clear view as to who the baddies are. Keep focussed on that and this book will provide a vivid and thought-provoking reading experience.
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½
 
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RobertDay | 1 muu arvostelu | Jan 15, 2024 |
an elaborate setting devolves into a quest storyline centered on a character so thinly developed (or perhaps that's the point, he is no longer himself?) I had trouble finishing it.
 
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sarcher | 3 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Dec 28, 2023 |

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