Neal Asher

Synopsis of Gridlinked

Cormac is a legendary Earth Central Security agent, the James Bond of a wealthy future where "runcibles" (matter transmitters controlled by AIs) allow interstellar travel in an eye blink throughout the settled worlds of the Polity. Unfortunately Cormac is nearly burnt out, "gridlinked" to the AI net so long that his humanity has begun to drain away. He has to take the cold-turkey cure and shake his addiction to having his brain on the net.

Now he must do without just as he's sent to investigate the unique runcible disaster that's wiped out the entire human colony on planet Samarkand in a thirty-megaton explosion. With the runcible out, Cormac must get there by ship, but he has incurred the wrath of a vicious psychopath called Arian Pelter, who now follows him across the galaxy with a terrifying psychotic killer android in tow. And deep beneath Samarkand's surface there are buried mysteries, fiercely guarded.

This is fast-moving, edge-of-the-seat entertainment -- an American debut that's sure to make a splash and launch Neal Asher in a big way.

Reviews of Gridlinked


'Gridlinked' is not as ambitious or breathtaking as Asher's latest novel but it works better by trying to do less. -- Thomas L. Martin, SFCrowsnest

The investigation subplot into whether an accident or sabotage occurred is exciting and hooks the reader even while the death count dramatically rises. -- Harriet Klausner,

There are moments when the pace dips or when Asher chooses a phrase that seems a little clumsy but these are few and far between and only stand out because 99.9% of the time he has everything just right. -- John Berlyne, SFRevu

Overall: full marks for effort, but I hope he takes a little bit more time to think about what he's writing in future. -- Stuart Carter, Infinity Plus

With a minimum of strokes, he paints in fully fleshed-out characters. -- Lisa DuMond, MEViews

If you are a fan of Iain M. Banks' Culture Series, and have enjoyed Peter F. Hamilton's recent space novels, this one's definitely for you. -- Tony Lee, The Zone

Neal Asher has packed this Book full of drama, humour and excitement. -- Max,

This high science thriller is really well done. -- Cindy Lynn Speer, Fantastica Daily

I love a man who takes his time and Neal Asher has certainly done that with the creations in his new science fiction novel, Gridlinked. -- Sandy Auden, The Alien Online