Neal Asher was born in Billericay, Essex, and divides his time between the UK and Crete. The majority of his novels are set within one future history, known as the Polity universe which encompasses many classic science fiction tropes including world-ruling artificial intelligences, androids, hive minds and aliens. His full-length novels include Gridlinked, The Skinner, The Line of Polity, Cowl, Brass Man, The Voyage of the Sable Keech, Hilldiggers, Prador Moon, Line War, Shadow of the Scorpion, Orbus and The Technician. His Owner series novels include The Departure, Zero Point and Jupiter War.
In The Soldier, British science fiction writer Neal Asher kicks off another Polity-based trilogy in signature fashion, concocting a mind-melting plot filled with far-future technology, lethal weaponry, and bizarre alien creatures. -- <i>RisingShadow</i> on <i>The Soldier</i> Just when you thought the Polity couldn't get more interesting Neal Asher manages to weave the most awe-inspiring elements of his universe together into an amazing narrative brimming with awesome technology, vast space battles, gigantic explosions and intricate machinations that are terrifying in their scope . . . Like a true master Asher hits this one out of the galactic plane . . . a truly mind-blowing start to a new trilogy -- <i>WorldsInInk</i> on <i>The Soldier</i> Space operatics and Jaco-bean revenge-melodramatics -- <i>Locus Magazine</i> on <i>The Soldier</i> With mind-blowing complexity, characters, and combat, Asher's work continues to combine the best of advanced cybertech and military SF -- <i>Publishers Weekly</i> on <i>The Soldier</i> Neal Asher's coruscating mix of epic space opera, weaponised Darwinism and high-stakes intrigue channels the primal flame of deep-core science fiction -- Paul McAuley on <i>The Soldier</i> A richly imagined, exotic world, nonstop action, and unimaginable stakes - I couldn't put The Soldier down -- Yoon Ha Lee on <i>The Soldier</i> The Soldier provides everything we demand from Asher: a beautifully complex universe where AIs, aliens and post-humans scheme and struggle - magnificently awesome. Then Asher turns it up to eleven -- Peter F. Hamilton on <i>The Soldier</i> Neal Asher's books are like an adrenaline shot targeted directly for the brain -- John Scalzi