A British author known for his hard sci-fi
novels. He's most known for his far-future space opera series The Xeelee Sequence
, but he also writes a fair amount of Alternate History
and more near-future fiction. He has a website here
. His works include:
- The Xeelee Sequence series. Arguably his most well-known books. Set in the far future, where humans struggle for supremacy in the universe against the god-like Xeelee.
- The NASA Trilogy, a loose trilogy of three thematically similar Alternate History novels that center on spaceflight and space exploration, particularly that of NASA origin. Features several modern-day and near future what-ifs.
- Voyage - Alternate spaceflight developments between the 1960s and 1980s, culminating in a (not easily earned) manned mission to Mars in the mid 1980s.
- Titan - A Twenty Minutes into the Future book about an expedition to Titan.
- Moonseed - A prolonged lunar exploration programme in the 70s accidentally brings a mysterious, nanoplague-like substance to Earth during a return mission. Stuff happens...
- The Manifold series. Three what-if novels concerning the Fermi Paradox, with each presenting a different resolution to the paradox. Notable in that all three novels feature the same cast but are set in Alternate Continuities.
- Manifold: Time posits that humanity is the only intelligent species in the universe.
- Manifold: Space is the opposite, with the universe actually brimming with intelligent life, but the reason we've never seen it before is because it is periodically "sterilized" by natural cosmological events.
- Manifold: Origin is set in a multiverse that is full of intelligent life, but each universe only contains one intelligent species.
- Phase Space is a collection of short stories related to the series.
- The Time Odyssey series, in collaboration with Arthur C. Clarke. Intended as an "orthoquel"note to Clarke's famous 2001: A Space Odyssey series.
- The Mammoth trilogy. It's about mammoths.
- Time's Tapestries, an Alternate History series.
- The Long Earth, a trilogy co-written with Terry Pratchett about the sudden discovery of parallel Earths.
- The Flood series, about an apocalyptic global flood. Currently has two novels, Flood and Ark, as well as several short stories.
- The Proxima series, which covers the human colonization of Proxima.
- Anti-Ice, set in an alternate world where a semi-stable form of antimatter is discovered in the mid-1800's, spurring an early industrial revolution and resulting in an Alternate History Steam Punk world where Britain becomes a superpower with antimatter bombs at their disposal.
- Evolution, a standalone novel about the evolution of humans and their ultimate fate.
- The Time Ships, an authorized sequel to H. G. Wells' The Time Machine that incorporates more modern science fiction concepts, such as Dyson Spheres and time travel creating branching timelines.
- The H-Bomb Girl, a foray into Young Adult fiction; in 1962, a young girl in Liverpool finds herself at a crossroads between various alternate histories against the backdrop of the Cuban Missile Crisis.
- The Wheel of Ice, a Doctor Who novel featuring the Second Doctor, Jamie and Zoe.