Paul McAuley is the author of numerous science fiction novels, including "Whole Wide World," "The Secret of Life," and the acclaimed Confluence Trilogy. He has a Ph.D. in botany and has worked as a researcher in biology at various universities, including Oxford and UCLA. He lives in London.
Arthur C. Clarke Award-winner McAuley (Whole Wide World) delivers a grim and gruesome near-future thriller, in which a series of devastating plagues, some natural, some manmade, have spread across the earth. In Africa, where civil wars rage out of control and an enormous Dead Zone stretches across the continent, transnational corporations have taken over several nations, using them to conduct experiments in genetic engineering that are illegal elsewhere. Nicholas Hyde, part of a team sent to investigate a massacre, discovers that the dead have been horribly mauled, their skulls smashed and their brains removed. When gun-wielding primates the size of 10-year-old children with enormous claws and teeth-the white devils-attack the team, Hyde is one of the few survivors. On returning to what passes for civilization, he's appalled to learn that the powers-that-be refuse to believe his story, insisting that the hideous creatures were merely enemy soldiers in disguise. Obsessed with a need to speak for the dead, Nicholas, who has his own dark secret to hide, sets out to uncover the truth about the white devils. Though more complex than necessary, this novel serves as a powerful warning about the sinister possibilities inherent in genetic engineering. (Feb. 24) FYI: McAuley has also won the Philip K. Dick and John W. Campbell awards. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
The African continent suffers from plague, civil war, and unchecked genetic experimentation. Sent to investigate a particularly heinous crime in the Congo, Nicholas Hyde and his team come under attack by a group of apelike creatures and find themselves in the middle of a government conspiracy to hide its actions from the common people. The author of the "Confluence" trilogy and Whole Wide World raises many important issues, such as the ethics of genetic manipulation, in an sf thriller that belongs in most libraries. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
"White Devils is a breathtakingly plausible thriller, as fast-paced as, say, a Michael Crichton . . . but a helluva lot scarier."--"San Diego Union Tribune" on "White Devils" ..".everything a thriller should be - intellectually adventurous, compulsively readable, and a little chilling in its view of a world just around the corner from our own." --Lucius Shepard on "White Devils" "Stunning proof that McAuley now leads the world in science thrillers. Not just a gripping, insightful novel, but a genuinely important book.Jaw-droppingly good."--Michael Marshall on "White Devils" "McAuley is one of our best." --"Locus" "One of our most versatile and talented SF writers." --"Publishers Weekly" "His prose is muscular, his dialogue crackling, his characters needy and vivid, and the plot races along." --"The Washington Post" on "Whole Wide World" "The author demonstrates his talent for creating an sf conspiracy thriller set in a near-future that is both disturbing and plausible." --"Library Journal" on "Whole Wide World" "A gripping conspiracy thriller." --"Starlog" on "Whole Wide World" "A clear success, with a sympathetic but reticent narrator, a masterful recapturing of classic hardboiled tonalities, and a setting that is chilling in its matter-of-fact acceptance of the loss of 20key freedoms." --"Locus" on "Whole Wide World" "McAuley thumps the pulpit for science and reason but always leaves room for the shrewd, passionate, ultimately hopeful human race in this vital contribution to SF." --"Booklist" on "The Secret of Life" ""The Secret of Life" is a laser-sharp biothriller. McAuley gives us an exhilarating, terrifying ride through tomorrow's zeitgeist." --Stephen Baxter