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Paul J. McAuley Books In Order

Publication Order of Four Hundred Billion Stars Books

Four Hundred Billion Stars (1988) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Secret Harmonies aka Of the Fall (1989) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Eternal Light (1991) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Confluence Books

Child of the River (1997) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ancients of Days (1998) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Shrine of Stars (1999) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Quiet War Books

The Quiet War (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Gardens of the Sun (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Stories From The Quiet War (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
In the Mouth of the Whale (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Evening's Empires (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Life After Wartime (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Something Coming Books

Something Coming Through (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Into Everywhere (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Something Happened Here, But We're Not Quite Sure What It Was (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Red Dust (1993) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Pasquale's Angel (1994) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fairyland (1995) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Making History (2000) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Secret of Life (2001) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Whole Wide World (2001) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
White Devils (2004) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mind's Eye (2005) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cowboy Angels (2007) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Players (2007) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Austral (2017) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

City of the Dead (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Prisoners of the Action (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dr. Pretorius and the Lost Temple (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Story Behind the Book (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Brazil (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Paul J. McAuley is an English author of fiction. He was born in 1955 and is the writer of over twenty novels in a variety of genres from crime and mystery to suspense thriller and even science fiction.

He has penned several short story collections as well as a novella for the British science fiction television show Doctor Who as well as a popular music anthology of stories and more. McAuley has produced several thrillers based off of science fiction themes since 2001 that include Whole Wide World, The Secret of Life, and more.

His work in fiction has won numerous awards. He is a huge fan of everything that has to do with science and has even been listed as one of 140 top most interesting Twitter users (Tweeters) on the behalf of Time magazine in 2013. He has won the Arthur C. Clarke award for his novel Fairyland in 1996 and also had the distinct honor of being able to receive a prestigious award for the best science fiction novel in 1997 with a highly coveted John W. Campbell Memorial Award.

Before writing novels full-time, he was a research biologist. McAuley worked as U.C.L.A. and Oxford for several years as well as St. Andrews University, where he was a botany lecturer for a period of six years. When he worked in science his interest was research into symbiotic relationships between coelenterates and unicellular algae. This involved corals, sea anenomes, and green hydra.

Paul J. McAuley currently lives in London in the north area. He has not yet walked down every street there, but he is attempting to. He continues to write fiction and compose stories full-time. He has integrated plenty of his knowledge and interest in topics and real-life ideas of science into his works of science fiction. Some of his themes include alternate realities, alternate histories, space travel, and biotechnology as well as nanotechnology and more. A lot of his sci-fi novels could be classified into the ‘hard science fiction’ genre.

The Four Hundred Billion Stars series is an exciting science fiction series that kicked off with the first book in the series of the same name coming out in 1988. The novel would go on to win the Philip K. Dick award that very same year. Secret Harmonies was the sequel, and it was released just a year later. It is also known by the alternate title, Of the Fall. Eternal Light came out in 1991 and made this exciting series a trilogy.

Four Hundred Billion Stars is the debut novel in the series of the same name by Paul McAuley. In this book, the main character is named Dorothy Yoshida. She is not like everyone else as she is a telepath. This means that she can communicate using her mind and she is very good at doing so.

Not only is Yoshida a telepath, she also is a scientist. So when a planet starts to show some strange signs, Dorothy is the one that is sent to investigate it. When she arrives, she has no idea that the small planet will turn out to be much more than it initially seems. She comes to the planet with a group of scientists that share her mission. When they begin to look closer at the planet, some of them start to think that the planet has been altered in some way.

Their working theory is that something about the planet has been artificially tampered with. Even though they are suspicious, the only place that they can find life ends up being on the surface. Even that has not really gone that much further than animals. Even though the human race wants to find something about the planet that might be able to help them fight other species or make a weapon, there appears to be nothing like that there.

The scientists are not sure what to do. The planet is not that big– could it have been artificially created in some way? Could the surface have been tampered with? Perhaps it was altered to be more suitable to a civilization’s needs in some way. The scientists are happy to have Dorothy come to help them, but perhaps they shouldn’t be. Once she comes on board the research project, things start to move quickly.

Can Dorothy Yoshida be the one to help them finally make some discoveries that will lead them to a breakthrough? You definitely need to check out the debut novel in this engaging science fiction series from bestselling author Paul J. McAuley to find out for yourself!

Secret Harmonies is the engaging second book in McAuley’s thrilling Four Billion series of fiction! If you loved the first book, you are sure to be interested by the second book in this inventive science fiction trilogy.

In the opening of the first book, we found out about a planet that was puzzling the scientists assigned to study it. Now we zoom in on the planet of Elysium. This place has been settled for a long time. However, not everything is perfect. Even though this place is said to be a paradise unrivaled by any other, not everyone would agree with that description.

Even though human beings have been able to settle Elysium, not everything is equal in this place. Any paradise has to have the flip side of perfection, otherwise it would be a utopia. It is true that citizens belonging to the Port of Plenty have been living high on the hog on this planet for some time now.

While the Port of Plenty reaps the rewards of new and astounding technology, not everyone gets a piece of the pie. Across the planet, other settlers are left to survive on their own. What will happen? Will the settlers make a move to get the same technology? Can Elysium maintain the balance that it requires to keep a society stable?

You’re going to have to read it for yourself to find out! Pick up Paul J. McAuley’s Secret Harmonies to find out whether the planet will tip out of chaos into calm or if there are more waves to come in this second installment of the Billions series.

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