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Publication Order of Four Hundred Billion Stars Books

Four Hundred Billion Stars (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Secret Harmonies / Of the Fall (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Eternal Light (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Confluence Books

Child of the River (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ancients of Days (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Shrine of Stars (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of The Quiet War Books

The Quiet War (By: Paul McAuley) (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Quiet War (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Gardens of the Sun (By: Paul McAuley) (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Gardens of the Sun (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Stories from the Quiet War (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
In the Mouth of the Whale (By: Paul McAuley) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
In the Mouth of the Whale (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Evening's Empires (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Life After Wartime (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Something Coming Books

Something Coming Through (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Into Everywhere (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Something Happened Here, But We’re Not Quite Sure What It Was (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

The Temptation of Dr Stein (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Naming the Dead (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
City of the Dead (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Prisoners of the Action (With: Kim Newman) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dr Pretorius and the Lost Temple (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

The King of the Hill (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Invisible Country (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Little Machines (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Story Behind the Book (With: Kristijan Meic) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Brazil (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Doctor Who Short Stories/Novellas

Time and Relative (By: Kim Newman) (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Citadel of Dreams (By: Dave Stone) (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Foreign Devils (By: Andrew Cartmel) (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Eye of the Tyger (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Nightdreamers (By: Tom Arden) (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ghost Ship (By: Keith Topping) (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rip Tide (By: Louise Cooper) (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wonderland (By: Mark Chadbourn) (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Shell Shock (By: Simon A. Forward) (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Cabinet of Light (By: Daniel O'Mahony) (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Frayed (By: Tara Samms) (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fallen Gods (By: Kate Orman,Jonathan Blum) (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Companion Piece (By: Mike Tucker,Robert Perry) (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Dalek Factor (By: Charlie Higson,Simon Clark) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Blood and Hope (By: Iain McLaughlin) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Beast of Babylon (By: Charlie Higson) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Summer Falls (By: James Goss) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Myths and Legends (By: Richard Dinnick) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cabinet of Light (By: Daniel O'Mahony) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Confluence Books

Confluence (By: Paul McAuley) (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Confluence - The Trilogy (By: Paul McAuley) (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

The Mammoth Book of Vampires(1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
In Dreams(1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mammoth Book of Frankenstein(1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Best New Horror 6(1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dark Terrors 2(1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 7(1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mammoth Book of Dracula(1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Eleventh Annual Collection(1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Furthest Horizon(2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Vanishing Acts(2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror, #11(2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror, #12(2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Futures(2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Space Soldiers(2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Supermen(2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 13(2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mammoth Book of Best New SF 15(2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 14(2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mammoth Book of Best New SF 16(2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Hard SF Renaissance(2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror, Vol. 15(2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Year's Best SF 11(2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Space Opera Renaissance(2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Future Weapons of War(2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Fourth Annual Collection(2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mammoth Book of Best New SF 22(2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fast Forward 2(2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy, 2009(2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Seventh Annual Collection(2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Year's Top Ten Tales of Science Fiction 2(2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Living Dead 2(2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Zombie Apocalypse!(2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Recent Weird(2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
New Cthulhu: The Recent Weird(2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Ninth Annual Collection(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mammoth Book of SF Wars(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Year's Top Ten Tales of Science Fiction 4(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lightspeed Magazine, January 2015(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Aliens: Recent Encounters(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Year's Top Ten Tales of Science Fiction 5(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Best New SF 26(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Thirty-First Annual Collection(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume One(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
In the Shadow of Frankenstein(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Thirty-Third Annual Collection(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Galactic Empires(2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Year's Top Ten Tales of Science Fiction 9(2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Year's Top Hard Science Fiction Stories(2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy, 2017(2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
In the Footsteps of Dracula(2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
2001: An Odyssey in Words(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Twelve Tomorrows(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Clarkesworld Year Ten: Volume One(2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Year's Top Hard Science Fiction Stories 3(2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
The 2020 Look at Mars Fiction Book(2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
The 2020 Look at Space Opera Book(2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Burning Brightly(2021)Description / Buy at Amazon

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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