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 won the first Sidewise Award for Alternate History for the novel Pasquale's Angel.
He began writing far future space opera. Red Dust describes a near-future Mars colonised by the Chinese. Fairyland describes a dystopia where genetically engineered "dolls" based on human DNA are used as disposable slaves.
Four Hundred Billion Stars, his first novel, won the Philip K. Dick Memorial Award. Fairyland won the 1997 John W. Campbell Memorial Award for Best SF Novel. "The Temptation of Dr. Stein," won the British Fantasy Award. Pasquale's Angel won the Sidewise Award for Alternate History (Long Form.)
Also known as Paul J. McAuley.
$ denotes part of the Confluence series + Four Hundred Billion and Eternal Light are set in the same future history