McAuley was born in Stroud, Gloucestershire, UK, and educated at Bristol University: B.Sc. in botany and zoology, 1976; PhD in botany, 1980. After working as a researcher and lecturer at various universities, he became a full-time writer in 1996.
First SF publication: “Wagon Passing” in IASFM (June, 1984); First novel: Four Hundred Billion Stars (Gollancz, 1988); First collection: The King of the Hill and Other Stories (Gollancz, 1991). He sold a story to IF when he was nineteen, but the magazine folded before it appeared in print.
Child of the River (1997), Ancients of Days (1998), and Shrine of Stars (1999) comprise his trilogy “The Book of Confluence,” set 10 million years in the future on an exotic artificial world run by machines and inhabited by humanoids of mixed animal and alien races. More recent works include Whole Wide World (2001), Incomers (2008), and Stories from the Quiet War (2012).
McAuley is considered one of the new breed of “radical hard SF writers” who combine hard SF with modern stylistic sensibilities.
GoHships, Awards and Honors:
- 1992 — Illumination
- 1995 — Sidewise Award (Long Form) for Pasquale’s Angel
- 1996 — Arthur C. Clarke Award for Fairyland
- 1997 — John W. Campbell Jr. Memorial Award for Fairyland
- 1998 — Novacon 28 and ConFuse 98, Philip K. Dick Memorial Award for Four Hundred Billion Stars
- 2004 — Picocon 21
- 2008 — ConTroll
- 2017 — Picocon 34