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The Vastening Omnibus: In the Mouth of the Whale and Evening's Empires

Paul McAuley

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Fiction, Science fiction

The second omnibus of Quiet War novels collected together for the first time. Future history at its best. In the Mouth of the Whale and Evening's Empires


Humanity's future rests on the shoulders of a Child from the past, and she must never know of the battles being fought for her . . .

In the system of Fomalhaut, a war is being fought. The Quicks came long ago, refugees from the Solar System. The True arrived later, to find a declining civilisation and a system ripe for the taking. Then the Ghosts appeared, no longer human, unknowable, powerful and determined to drive out the Quick and the True. The battle continues, but the outcome is uncertain.

Three lives will intersect, because there is something at the centre of their universe, something dangerous and growing and powerful. Something that is worth fighting for. And it will change everybody's life.


In the far future, a young man stands on a barren asteroid. His ship has been stolen, his family kidnapped or worse, and all he has on his side is a semi-intelligent spacesuit. The only member of the crew to escape, Hari has barely been off his ship before. It was his birthplace, his home and his future.

He's going to get it back.

Nobody is to be trusted.

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Praise for The Vastening Omnibus: In the Mouth of the Whale and Evening's Empires

  • Paul McAuley is one of our most versatile and talented SF writers - Publishers Weekly

  • Paul McAuley is a leader of his generation of writers. THE QUIET WAR is an epic of hard science, politics, economics and human evolution, driven by a pacy narrative and vivid characters. A plausible future that's every bit as sprawling, bloody and compelling any work of history - Stephen Baxter

  • This book is quietly brilliant. It will probably prove to be - quietly - the best science fiction novel of the year. It is superbly, and often exquisitely written; McAuley is simply one of the best prose stylists working in the genre today. The worlds were superbly rendered: vivid and believable and wonderfully immersive - Adam Roberts

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Paul McAuley

Paul McAuley (Born 1955)
Paul James McAuley was born in Gloucestershire on St George's Day, 1955. He has a Ph.D in Botany and worked as a researcher in biology at various universities, including Oxford and UCLA, and for six years was a lecturer in botany at St Andrews University, before leaving academia to write full time. He started publishing science fiction with the short story "Wagon, Passing" for Asimov's Science Fiction in 1984. His first novel, 400 Billion Stars won the Philip K. Dick Award in 1988, and 1995's Fairyland won the Arthur C. Clarke and John W. Campbell Awards. He has also won the British Fantasy, Sidewise and Theodore Sturgeon Awards. He lives in London.

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