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Little Machines [Kindle Edition]

Paul McAuley
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Monsters! Alien invasions! Lost Worlds! Mad Scientists! Secret Histories!

In the seventeen stories collected here, multiple award-winning author Paul McAuley takes a fresh look at staple themes spanning science fiction, horror, and alternate history. A hero who once helped repel an alien invasion, ruined by self-doubt after his bruising experiences in the eye of the media, must try to save the world all over again. Best-selling author Philip K. Dick confronts Richard Nixon and a conspiracy that has taken control of America. A book dealer discovers strange and dangerous rivals on the far side of the internet. A science-fiction fan explains why he became a serial killer. And in 'Cross Roads Blues', the course of American history hangs on the decision of an itinerant musician.

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  • Print Length: 350 pages
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  • Language: English
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5.0 out of 5 stars An author of immense versatility and wonder December 8, 2011
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A very good collection at 3.50. McAuley has an effortless advanced competence, or so it seems when you are reading. Also a massive range, being able to produce work from interesting occult detectives to the more low rent lowest common denominator Michael Crichton type science fiction thriller.

Luckily for us he chooses to turn his attention to science fiction most of the time where his large talent for advanced speculation can continually delight and amaze us with what he comes up with, including a particular fondness for advanced biology. Plenty of strange aliens.

This is the exact opposite of a garden variety major publisher hugely overpriced volume. This is a fantastic price (e.g. 2.99 currently) and extremely high quality.

Buy it.

Little Machines : The Two Dicks - Paul J. McAuley
Little Machines : Residuals - Paul J. McAuley
Little Machines : 17 - Paul J. McAuley
Little Machines : All Tomorrow's Parties - Paul J. McAuley
Little Machines : Interstitial - Paul J. McAuley
Little Machines : How We Lost The Moon A True Story by Frank W. Allen - Paul J. McAuley
Little Machines : Under Mars - Paul J. McAuley
Little Machines : Danger: Hard Hack Area - Paul J. McAuley
Little Machines : The Madness of Crowds - Paul J. McAuley
Little Machines : The Secret of My Success - Paul J. McAuley
Little Machines : The Proxy - Paul J. McAuley
Little Machines : I Spy - Paul J. McAuley
Little Machines : The Rift - Paul J. McAuley
Little Machines : Alien TV - Paul J. McAuley
Little Machines : Before the Flood - Paul J. McAuley
Little Machines : A Very British History - Paul J. McAuley
Little Machines : Cross Roads Blues - Paul J. McAuley
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4.0 out of 5 stars Review of Paul McAuley's Little Machines June 18, 2013
By Kyle
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Paul McAuley, author of The Quiet War series, offers a diverse and interesting collection of short stories, Little Machines, containing examples of science fiction, fantasy and horror, almost all of which are cleverly written and entertaining. My two favorites bookend the collection, The Two Dicks and Cross Road Blues. They are both excellent and intriguing stories of 'what if' and 'what the...' that leave the reader looking at their world a little differently. While the rest are enjoyable, I wasn't that impressed with Under Mars, though your mileage may vary. Overall it is a great collection, and one that I would recommend to anyone who enjoys speculative fiction, and especially to those who are already fans of McAuley's other works.
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This is a 4-star collection with a few 5-star gems in it. I previously gave this 3 stars but decided this was unfair, due to my subjective dislike of some of the subject matter.

Really enjoyed about 1/3rd of this collection. There is some excellent writing, and both entertaining and clever storytelling here. Another 1/3rd was fun fiction. I completely skipped roughly another 1/3rd as soon as it smacked of Alt History.

Negative note: I cannot stand historical fiction. Real history is too abundantly rich already - there are so many amazing stories to tell. Making up fake alternate history that never happened seems to me like one of the most masturbatory things a writer can do. I'm sure it was good for them, but keep it to yourself.

Interweaving a possible history, along the way of telling a real history, a'la Cryptonomicon - I am down with. Making up random history? Just annoys the crap out of me. So, if you relate, you will find some fluff in here.

For $2 or $3 bucks here on Amazon though you cannot go wrong. You will definitely get your money's worth.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I give it a "17"... February 6, 2013
By James
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I liked McCauley's Quiet War stuff, found this, and enjoyed it. This collection is sci-fiction in a range of topics and varied treatments. Nice reads for travel or lunchtime, worth twice the price.

I enjoyed some more than others, but none were poorly done or disorganized. Some were more character study while others were plots in motion. McCauley handles tech smartly and creates complex but belief-suspense-able plots. My favorite: "17" - reminded me of Elizabeth Moon's Kylara Vatta character.

McCauley is readable, tech-skilled, and entertaining. If you are looking for tech-smart sci-fi, give McCauley a try.
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Paul McAuley's first novel won the Philip K. Dick Award, and he has gone on to win almost all of the major awards in the field. For many years a research biologist, he now writes full-time. McAuley's novel The Quiet War made several "best of the year" lists, including SF Site's Reader's Choice Top 10 SF and Fantasy Books of 2009. He lives in London. Visit him online at unlikelyworlds.blogspot.com .

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