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Neal Asher
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2 Sep 2011 Polity
'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 In the eight years since his first full-length novel Gridlinked was published by Pan Macmillan, Neal Asher has firmly established himself as one of the leading British writers of Science Fiction, and his novels are now translated in many languages. Most of his stories are set in a galactic future-scape called 'The Polity', and with this collection of marvellously inventive and action-packed short stories, he takes us further into the manifold diversities of that amazing universe. No one does monsters better than Neal Asher, so be prepared to revisit the lives and lifestyles of such favourites as the gabbleduck and the hooder, to savour alien poisons, the walking dead, the Sea of Death, and the putrefactor symbiont.

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Tor (2 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330528483
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330528481
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 284,014 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Neal Asher lives sometimes in England, sometimes in Crete and mostly at a keyboard. Having over eighteen books published he has been accused of overproduction (despite spending far too much time ranting on his blog, cycling off fat, and drinking too much wine) but doesn't intend to slow down just yet.

http://theskinner.blogspot.com/
http://freespace.virgin.net/n.asher/

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'Excellent, all of it well-worth reading. If you haven't yet read your way through this series, I envy you; if you have, go get your copy of The Gabble and Other Stories right now before it sells out in hardcover!' -- Green Man Review

'Fans of Asher's Polity future history will not be disappointed.' -- The Guardian

'For the established fan this collection makes a great addition and fills out some the Polity universe you've come to know and love. For the newcomer to Neal Asher, you've a treat in store as this will serve as a nice introduction to his work and a neat signpost as to what part of Asher's universe to read next.' -- Sci-Fi-London

'If you've never sampled the delights of Asher's work then this collection would be a very good place to start.'
-- SciFiNow

'Thirteen marvellously inventive and action-packed short stories.' -- Fantasy Book Critic

'economical, crisp and frequently fiendishly clever. The stories featuring...dangerous aliens who `speak' in a nonsensical language, are particularly impressive'
-- BBC Focus --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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'Thirteen marvellously inventive and action-packed short stories.' --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cracking collection 10 Nov 2008
By Amazon Customer TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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I make no secret of being a big fan of Neal Ashers work and this collection of short works set in the Polity universe hasn't changed my opinion one bit. It's excellent. This collection sheds more light on some of the minor characters of the Polity novels, the Gabbleducks and Hooders, Geronamid, Erlin etc and adds more moments of drama and back-story to some and fleshes out the personas of others. There isn't a single weak story in this lot but if I was asked to pick the best, I'd go for "Softly spake the Gabbleduck" which was a claustrophobic chase story with a nicely packaged ending.

One quick note, and no fault of the Author, the longest story in the collection, "Alien Archeology" was also published in the recent "The Mammoth Book of Best New SF 21" anthology edited by Gardner Dozois, which effectively made a 1/4 of the book redundant for me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars More please 31 Jan 2010
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Finally, the truth about gabbleducks - maybe. This fills in a few gaps in the main series of books, and opens up a few more. These are complete, well written stories, not a quick moneyspinner, as many short story collections based on a series of novels are. Fans will approve, new readers will get a taster, and may also become addicted to the worlds of the Polity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superbly executed scifi collection 6 Dec 2009
By Mr. Roy Ellor VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
These short story collections often leave the reader with a somewhat empty feeling in that they can promise much but fail to deliver. This is certainly an exception.

Asher is a cyberpunk/hard scifi writer who can mix it with the best of them. The Gabble is an example of perfect weighting, with stories superbly executed and no padding whatsoever. Set in the Polity universe this collection is eminently readable as a standalone or as part of the wider sequence, without recourse to dense technobabble or any other weak literary device. Asher's frequently humorous style, naming the vicious alien predator which is central to several of these stories, a Gabbleduck is an example of a humanising touch that scifi needs to be truly enjoyable and believable.

Another glorious read from Neal Asher, who is fast becoming top of my list as an essential author to follow.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Polity convert. 21 Feb 2014
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Absolutely loved The Gabble, overawed by the breadth and scope of the polity universe. I am definitely a convert and can't wait to immerse myself in some of Neal Asher's other Polity offerings.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect short stories 3 Dec 2013
By Nick
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I don't have time to read the great epic sci if I used to...small child!
These short stories are perfect. I was hooked from the first story. The only trouble is I now want to embark on the longer stories.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I've found a new author to follow... 25 Oct 2013
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I've never read anything of Neal Asher before so bought this book on spec - it was cheap in the kindle store... His writing is clear and pulls you through and well rounded universe at an enjoyable pace.

The book is a collection of short stories that have now left me wanting more of the Polity universe and to find out more about the Gabble-duck...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Top Sci Fi 3 Jan 2013
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Neal Asher does brilliant Aliens, Brilliant tech and Galaxy spanning wars. Violent and sometimes disturbing but always leaves you wanting more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book 8 Nov 2012
By DRACO
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These short stories are great and just as good as the longer 'novel' format. They, also, for fans of the polity series, give some background events that are important in the main story line. As an example, there is a short that gives extra information on Penny Black which explained some aspects of that character.
If you're into the whole AI/polity scenario then this is a must read book.
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