By training a biologist, UK science fiction author McAuley writes mostly hard science fiction, dealing with themes such as biotechnology, alternate history/alternate reality, and space travel.
McAuley began writing far future space opera. Fairyland describes a dystopia where genetically engineered "dolls" based on human DNA are used as disposable slaves.
Pasquale's Angel won the Sidewise Award for Alternate History (Long Form.)
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