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The aliens are here. And they want to help. The extraordinary new project from one of the country's most acclaimed and consistently brilliant SF novelists of the last 30 years.

The Jackaroo have given humanity fifteen worlds and the means to reach them. They're a chance to start over, but they're also littered with ruins and artifacts left by the Jackaroo's previous clients.

Miracles that could reverse the damage caused by war, climate change, and rising sea levels. Nightmares that could forever alter humanity - or even destroy it.

In 2013, Paul McAuley completed The Quiet War sequence, one of the major hard science fiction series of the last decade. Something Coming Through , set in the same milieu as a recent slew of short stories, marks not only a new series of novels, but also a clear change in tone and direction. Whereas The Quiet War books were brooding space operas about massive conflicts across time and space set in the mid- to long-term future, Something Coming Through is a lighter, near-future thriller set just after first contact with aliens, which blends SF and police procedural elements with lashings of satire and pastiche.

McAuley very well could be an emissary from another planet. Over a long career he has imagined unlikely worlds with the uncanny ease of an alien prophet, to become one of the major hard science fiction writers working in the field today. Even if Something Coming Through feels like a minor work in his oeuvre when compared to landmarks of the genre such as Fairyland or The Quiet War series, it is still a considerable work that I would recommend to anybody interested in the contemporary state of science fiction. I, for one, will gladly seek passage on any intergalactic shuttle McAuley cares to pilot into the future.

Something Coming Through  by Paul McAuley
Published by Gollancz, February 2015
384 pages
ISBN: 9781473203945
Review copy received from the publisher
Review by Luke Brown, March 2015


There will be times in your life where you’re challenged, where nothing seems to be going right, where tragedy strikes and you’re left to pick up the pieces.

In some cases, being strong is simply about being able to persevere through extreme adversity. It can be something horrific like the tragic loss of a loved one, or something difficult and trying like getting laid off. It can also be emotional trauma, like recovering from a divorce or a tough break up.

These experiences leave us feeling weak and hopeless. But that’s no reason to stay down for long. No matter what you’re going through in life, other people just like you have gone through the same or worse and come out stronger on the other side. It’s times like these you need to be strong and never give up .

The aliens are here. And they want to help. The extraordinary new project from one of the country's most acclaimed and consistently brilliant SF novelists of the last 30 years.

The Jackaroo have given humanity fifteen worlds and the means to reach them. They're a chance to start over, but they're also littered with ruins and artifacts left by the Jackaroo's previous clients.

Miracles that could reverse the damage caused by war, climate change, and rising sea levels. Nightmares that could forever alter humanity - or even destroy it.

The aliens are here. And they want to help. The extraordinary new project from one of the country's most acclaimed and consistently brilliant SF novelists of the last 30 years.

The Jackaroo have given humanity fifteen worlds and the means to reach them. They're a chance to start over, but they're also littered with ruins and artifacts left by the Jackaroo's previous clients.

Miracles that could reverse the damage caused by war, climate change, and rising sea levels. Nightmares that could forever alter humanity - or even destroy it.

In 2013, Paul McAuley completed The Quiet War sequence, one of the major hard science fiction series of the last decade. Something Coming Through , set in the same milieu as a recent slew of short stories, marks not only a new series of novels, but also a clear change in tone and direction. Whereas The Quiet War books were brooding space operas about massive conflicts across time and space set in the mid- to long-term future, Something Coming Through is a lighter, near-future thriller set just after first contact with aliens, which blends SF and police procedural elements with lashings of satire and pastiche.

McAuley very well could be an emissary from another planet. Over a long career he has imagined unlikely worlds with the uncanny ease of an alien prophet, to become one of the major hard science fiction writers working in the field today. Even if Something Coming Through feels like a minor work in his oeuvre when compared to landmarks of the genre such as Fairyland or The Quiet War series, it is still a considerable work that I would recommend to anybody interested in the contemporary state of science fiction. I, for one, will gladly seek passage on any intergalactic shuttle McAuley cares to pilot into the future.

Something Coming Through  by Paul McAuley
Published by Gollancz, February 2015
384 pages
ISBN: 9781473203945
Review copy received from the publisher
Review by Luke Brown, March 2015


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