The Voyage of the Sable Keech: The Second Spatterjay Novel

Neal Asher (Author)


"A powerhouse cocktail of lurid violence, evocative world-building and typically grotesque monsters."--SFX

The fast-paced adventures on the remote planet Spatterjay, a dangerous waterworld filled with lethal biology, continue in the sequel to The Skinner.

Sable Keech, a reification previously deceased for more than seven hundred years, is now a walking dead man, resurrected under mysterious circumstances that may have a lot to do with the virus native to the exotic but deadly remote ocean world Spatterjay. As word of his adventures (The Skinner) continue to spread, the planet has become a pilgrimage site for other reifs hoping to meet similar fates.

The allure of the virus--which promises something close to immortality, even if it comes at terrible biological cost--has brought other beings to the off-Polity world as well. An ancient hive mind may be after the poison "sprine" crucial to the virus's immortality. Deep in the ocean, a vicious alien prador has awakened from a long, virus-induced coma. And Sniper, an AI assigned as the planet's warden, finally receives his new drone shell. It's better than his old one, with powerful engines, more lethal weapons, and thicker armour. He's going to need them.

Product Details

$7.99  $7.35
Night Shade Books
Publish Date
April 02, 2019
4.1 X 1.5 X 6.7 inches | 0.5 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.


Praise for The Voyage of the Sable Keech

"Yet another storming performance from the prolific Asher of high-octane violence, exotic tech, and terrifying and truly alien aliens." --Daily Mail

"A fantastic literary creation . . . once you're plugged in to The Voyage of the Sable Keech, you'll want to stay there as long as you can." --Rick Kleffel, The Agony Column

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