Infinity Engine

Transformation Book 3

On the cusp of a black hole, the future of the Polity hangs in the balance.

Several forces are now pursuing the rogue AI Penny Royal, and the Brockle is the most dangerous of all. This criminal swarm-robot AI has escaped its confinement and is upgrading itself, becoming ever more powerful in anticipation of a deadly showdown.

Events escalate aboard Factory Station Room 101, the war factory that birthed Penny Royal. Here, humans, alien prador, and an assassin drone struggle to survive amidst insane AIs and technology gone wild. The situation is further complicated by the unexpected arrival of the Weaver. The Weaver is the last of the Atheter, resurrected from a race that suicided five million years ago. But why would Penny Royal want an Atheter here? And what could it contribute to the dark AI’s plans?

And beyond the war factory, a black hole conceals a tantalising secret – one that could destroy the entire Polity.

Infinity Engine is the third and final novel in the Transformation series, by bestselling science fiction author Neal Asher, following Dark Intelligence and War Factory.

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Reviews:Markus Thierstein on Scififantasy Network wrote:

"Asher delivers the plotting, the deeply woven interplay of story threads, and the thrills. Never mind the big kabooms!
This evidently suits his storytelling skills, and he delivers the quasi-military Space Opera with gusto here. What he does not deliver is where I find his writing, his descriptions really excel, though – creatures, eco-systems, actor-interplay full of logically violent interdependent relationships; may this be fauna, flora, or actual actors."


War Factory

Transformation Book 2

One seeks judgement, another faces damnation and one man will have his revenge . . .

Thorvald Spear is losing his mind as he drowns in dark memories that aren't his own. Penny Royal, rogue artificial intelligence, has linked Spear with the stored personalities of those it's murdered. And whether the AI seeks redemption or has some more sinister motive, Spear needs to destroy it. He feels the anger of the dead and shares their pain.

As Spear tracks the AI across a hostile starscape, he has company. Sverl, an alien prador, has been warped by Penny Royal and hungers to confront it. But will the AI's pursuers destroy each other or hunt it together? Sverl's prador enemies aren't far behind either. They plan to use his transition to prove human meddling, triggering a devastating new war.

Clues suggest Penny Royal's heading for the defective war factory that made it. So allies and enemies converge, heading for the biggest firestorm that sector of space has ever seen. But will Spear secure vengeance for his unquiet dead?

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Dark Intelligence

Transformation Book 1

Dark Intelligence
Editions:Kindle - Kindle Edition: £ 4.99 GBP
Pages: 480
Hardcover: £ 15.90 GBP
ISBN: 978-0230750722
Size: 16.00 x 24.10 cm
Pages: 480
Paperback: £ 6.29 GBP
ISBN: 978-0330524551
Size: 12.90 x 19.60 cm
Pages: 480

One man transcends death for vengeance. One woman transforms herself for power. And no one will emerge unscathed...

Thorvald Spear wakes in hospital, having been brought back from the dead. He died in a human vs. alien war that ended a century ago.

Spear had been trapped on a planet, surrounded by alien Prador forces, when he spotted a rescue ship. Yet he and his entire squad were killed by the ship's Artificial Intelligence, Penny Royal, which turned rogue. Now, reliving these traumatic final moments, Spear finds the drive to keep on living. That drive is vengeance.

The AI still roams free and Spear vows to destroy it, planning to exploit another of its victims in his quest. But crime-lord Isobel Satomi has been modified by Penny Royal, turning her into something far from human. And as she evolves into the ultimate predator, will she turn Spear from hunter to hunted?

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Reviews:Antony Jones on SFBook.com wrote:

Dark Intelligence is an imaginative, epic space opera this manages present a dark future universe full of vibrant spaceships, people, creatures and intelligence. Highly enjoyable and highly addictiven.

Paul Di Filippo on Locus wrote:

"It’s a scenario that trembles on the edge of the Singularity while still being comprehensible to, and inhabitable by, the humans of the era and of course to us 21st-century dullards as well. Novelty and neologisms dominate nearly every page. Handled badly, such a strategy becomes confusing and frustrating. Asher does it well, though. And yet the reader needs to keep pace. There is just enough authorial guidance, but no condescending hand-holding. This type of SF is really the litmus test for separating serious readers from, say, media fans who might groove to Guardians of the Galaxy but blanch at A. E. van Vogt..."