Orbus, Volume 3: The Third Spatterjay Novel

Neal Asher (Author)


From the mind of Neal Asher, world-renown author of more than 20 books and nominee for both the Philip K. Dick and the British Fantasy Society awards, comes a new action-filled science fiction Polity epic.

The Polity itself may be at risk in this final novel of Neal Asher's classic Spatterjay trilogy, following The Skinner and The Voyage of the Sable Keech, now reissued in mass market.

Orbus--an Old Captain hooper and one of the oldest inhabitants of the deadly and remote waterworld Spatterjay--is traveling to the Graveyard, a planetary wasteland in the vast no-man's-land between the Polity and the Prador Kingdom.

Heading in the same direction is the prador Vrell. Mutated by the Spatterjay virus into something powerful and dangerous, Vrell has seized control of a massive dreadnought ship, intent on exacting vengeance on those who tried to have him killed. Meeting him there will be the King of the Prador, looking to finish the job.

Everything points to a climatic confrontation in the Graveyard, as deeper truths about the Spatterjay virus will be revealed, and an ancient menace to civilization itself will reappear . . .

Product Details

$7.99  $7.35
Night Shade Books
Publish Date
May 07, 2019
4.3 X 1.2 X 6.7 inches | 0.45 pounds
Mass Market Paperbound

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About the Author

Neal Asher is a science fiction writer whose work has been nominated for both the Philip K. Dick and the British Fantasy Society awards. He has published more than twenty books, many set within his "Polity" universe, including Gridlinked, The Skinner, and Dark Intelligence. He divides his time between Essex and a home in Crete.


"A kind of highly technical poetry of war . . . Orbus is definitely a terrific example of contemporary SF & a finely tuned page turner."--Eclectic Ruckus

"An excellent space opera . . . Neal Asher continues to impress."--Vast and Cool and Unsympathetic

General Praise for Neal Asher:

"Neal Asher's books are like an adrenaline shot targeted directly for the brain." --New York Times bestselling author John Scalzi

"With mind-blowing complexity, characters, and combat, Asher's work continues to combine the best of advanced cybertech and military SF." ?Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Asher is a modern master of sci-fi." --Starburst magazine

"A wide-screen special-effects extravaganza, a space opera featuring gods and monsters . . . Doc Smith and Olaf Stapledon in a blender, turned up to eleven, with the contents splattering across the ceiling." ?Russell Letson, Locus

"Asher has an amazing talent for world-building, for writing larger-than-life characters, for weaving gripping plots and for imagining exotic alien races and wonderful technologies. Huge ships! Big weapons! Space battles! Ground battles! Treason! Revenge! This is New Space Opera at its best." --Sense of Wonder

"Hardboiled, fast-paced space opera . . . Asher's books are similar to the world of Iain M. Banks' Culture universe, but the Polity is arguably a much darker and more vicious environment--and all the better for it." --The Register