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The Skinner

The Skinner

The First Spatterjay Novel

Mass Market - $7.99
Buy at: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or Powell's

ISBN: 9781597809870
Published: 03/05/2019

Three visitors arrive on one of the most unique (and deadly) worlds science fiction has ever seen, in the start of a classic Polity series from Neal Asher, reissued in mass market.

Welcome to Spatterjay . . . where sudden death is the normal way of life.

On the remote planet Spatterjay arrive three travelers: Janer, acting as the eyes of a hornet Hive mind; Erlin, a xenobiologist searching for an ancient sea captain; and Sable Keech, who himself has been dead for 700 years. On this ocean world, visitors are rare, and the native hoopers—humans infected with a local virus that renders them nearly invincible, though at monstrous cost—patrol the open seas, risking the voracious appetites of the planet’s deadly wildlife.

Somewhere out there is Spatterjay Hoop, the last member of a band of pirates, whose many years spent on the planet have transformed him into a grotesque monster. And a vicious alien prador is about to pay Spatterjay a visit as well, intent on extermination. As the visitors’ paths converge, major hell is about to erupt in a chaotic waterscape where minor hell is already a remorseless fact of everyday life . . . and death.

Praise for The Skinner

“A remarkable, distinctive book. Spatterjay is a blood-red, living colour, cutting-edge world of irrepressible life and wild nature.”—SF Reviews, winner, Best Book Of 2002

Dune meets Master and Commander . . . This sprawling tale boasts baddies who deserve their torturous fate and heroes who merit further evolution.”―Entertainment Weekly

“Asher will definitely appeal to connoisseurs of sophisticated adventure-oriented SF.”—Publishers Weekly

“If you like good space opera, have an appreciation for unique aliens, and you have a strong stomach, you are going to love it. If you enjoy Iain Banks, Alastair Reynolds, or James S.A. Corey, you’re going to get a kick out of Neal Asher.”—Little Red Reviewer

“Gives lovers of sci-fi full of action and adventure hope. . . . those who like their sci-fi action filled with excitement and creatures will have difficulty going wrong with The Skinner.”—Speculiction

“Asher invented ‘gritty scifi’ and he's still the very best at it. . . . Don't miss the gut-churning ride that is The Skinner. ”—SF Site

Praise for Neal Asher

“Asher is a modern master of sci-fi.” —Starburst Magazine

“Neal Asher’s books are like an adrenaline shot targeted directly for the brain.” —New York Times bestselling author John Scalzi

“With mind-blowing complexity, characters, and combat, Asher’s work continues to combine the best of advanced cybertech and military SF.” ―Publishers Weekly, starred review

“A wide-screen special-effects extravaganza, a space opera featuring gods and monsters . . . Doc Smith and Olaf Stapledon in a blender, turned up to eleven, with the contents splattering across the ceiling.” ―Russell Letson, Locus

“Asher has an amazing talent for world-building, for writing larger-than-life characters, for weaving gripping plots and for imagining exotic alien races and wonderful technologies. Huge ships! Big weapons! Space battles! Ground battles! Treason! Revenge! This is New Space Opera at its best.” —Sense of Wonder

“Hardboiled, fast-paced space opera . . . Asher’s books are similar to the world of Iain M. Banks’ Culture universe, but the Polity is arguably a much darker and more vicious environment—and all the better for it.” —The Register