Paul McAuley worked as a research biologist specialising in plant-animal symbioses, and as a university lecturer, before becoming a full-time writer. He has published more than twenty novels, several collections of short stories, a Doctor Who novella, and a BFI Film Classic monograph on Terry Gilliam's Brazil; his fiction has won the Philip K. Dick Memorial Award, the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the John W. Campbell Memorial Award, the Sidewise Award, the British Fantasy Award, and the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award. His latest novel, War of the Maps, an examination of the blurred line between duty and obsession, was published by Gollancz in 2020. Born a couple of years before the beginning of the space age, he currently lives in London.

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