I just finished Brass Man by Neal Asher. I'm hooked and have a couple of questions on the "Polity" novels:

Is there a preferred order to the novels (publication? internal timeline? other?)


Neal Asher's web site has a link to a graphical representation of the order of the books. I have uploaded it here:

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For the reading order, I would go with the time line of book publication.

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  • Note that 'Shadow of the Scorpion' is also a Cormac book, but I would read it after Gridlinked, (and others, in published order). – spirc Dec 30 '12 at 6:33
  • Is there an updated version of this covering the Dark Intelligence and Rise of the Jain trilogies? – Steve Linton May 5 '19 at 16:29
  • @SteveLinton Not as far as I know. And I cannot remember which year the books are set in… – Sardathrion - against SE abuse May 7 '19 at 6:36

This is one hell of a series. The Cormac books must be read first starting with Gridlinked. then drop back to start at the beginning of the timeline - the gabble can be read at the end as it references all the books and characters in the whole timeline. The Skinner is quite basic in the technologies Neal invented as he went through the writing process but the action sure makes up for that. Enjoy. Also try Peter F Hamilton's books if you like this series - though much more techfest than splatterpunk

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Having read Gridlinked, I think that it is the one to start with for his Cormac novels, which also takes place in the polity universe. Amazon also says it is "Ian Cormac Book 1".

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It now appears that The Owner series are also Polity books. So you could consider them prequels.


Never mind. Turns out the cover of "Departure" was a mockup of another Asher book and they forgot to remove the "Polity novel" part.

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