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Macmillan, Aug 16, 2003 - Fiction - 432 pages
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Neal Asher has been publishing short fiction and books in the small press in Britain for several years, and made a successful move to paperback in 2001 with Gridlinked. He got a sheaf of favorable notices. “This is a brilliant and audacious work, chock-full of cutting-edge ideas. . . . I look forward to [his next books] enormously and to seeing Asher receive the success he is clearly destined for. Highly recommended,” said Now Asher crosses the Atlantic and breaks into hardcover with Gridlinked, a science fiction adventure in the classic, fast-paced, action-packed tradition of Harry Harrison and Poul Anderson, with a dash of cyberpunk and a splash of Ian Fleming added to spice the mix.

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.

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The plot seemed contrived. - Goodreads
As I said earlier, Asher's writing is sometimes clunky. - Goodreads
Still, I don't read hard sci-fi for the lyrical prose. - Goodreads
The characterizations weren't interesting. - Goodreads
Finally, the plot is a bit of a mess. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Bookstooge - LibraryThing

Well written, and for the avid scifi fan, not hard to follow the "sciences" of the future. I found the idea of an AI Meritocracy quite fascinating. Some primal part of me still shivers at the though ... Read full review

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User Review  - bryan.miller.3705 - LibraryThing

Great sci-fi! Fast-paced, with intriguing characters. Well-written and engaging. I have gone on to read the remainder of the series, and they are all good hard-core sci-fi. Highly recommended. Read full review

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Gridlinked - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Gridlinked is Neal Asher's first novel, published by the Macmillan Publishers imprint Pan Books in 2001. It contains elements of the technological ... wiki/ Gridlinked

Walker of Worlds: Gridlinked by Neal Asher
After being gridlinked for 30 years, ten above recommended maximum, Cormac has started to lose his humanity. It is this that caused the operation to be ... 2007/ 10/ gridlinked-by-neal-asher.html

Neal Asher Gridlinked Reviewed by Rick Kleffel
From its arresting cover to its explosive climax, 'Gridlinked' cruises at a speed most novels consider terminal velocity. Thank Steve Rawlings for the cover ... agony/ reviews/ asher-gridlinked.htm

Gridlinked - an extract from the novel by Neal Asher
Freeman can't shake the half-formed memory of the catadapt woman -- but why is she here at the embarkation lounge... stories/ gridlinked.htm

Gridlinked - Neal Asher « A storm of words
Gridlinked - Neal Asher I picked up this book after reading Pmarc’s list of the top ten sci fi books of the noughties. Its well worth a try. ... 2007/ 09/ 26/ gridlinked-neal-asher/

Gridlinked by Neal Asher - Big Dumb Object
Gridlinked kicks off in high action mode, following a recent mission of Ian Cormac, ECS (Earth Central Security) super agent. Cormac is Gridlinked, that is ... 2005/ 07/ gridlinked-by-n.html

Book - Blog - Gridlinked by Neal Asher. Science Fiction ...
Neal Asher’s Sci Fi novel, Gridlinked [ISBN 0 330 48433 8] is very nicely put ... Cormac, a gridlinked agent(linked to the Artifical Intelligences of the ... Blog/ tabid/ 712/ EntryID/ 1043/ Default.aspx

The SF Site: A Conversation With Neal Asher
You recently signed a three-book deal with Pan Macmillan, of which Gridlinked is the first. The second novel, The Skinner is due out in 2002. ... 06a/ na105.htm

Everything Serves a Purpose - "Gridlinked" by Neal Asher
That's the question Neal Asher asks in "Gridlinked", the title referring to the status of being hooked in to the grid. Asher's hero Cormac has been ... article.php?story=20041028093044272

Shadow Writer - The Official Paul Kane Website
Author of Science Fiction books such as Gridlinked (described by SFX as 'A boiling brew of red-in-tooth-and-claw turbo cyberpunk. ... asherinterview.htm

About the author (2003)

Gridlnked is Neal Asher’s first novel. He lives in Chelmsord, Essex, England.

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