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“Satisfaction, for us, is only a brief thing. The man who acquires wealth does not reach a point where he has enough. Success for us is more like acceleration than speed. Interest cannot be maintained at a constant level.”
Neal Asher, The Skinner
“The greatest admission a human can make is that perhaps he does not have the intelligence, the vision, the grasp to fully understand the universe, and that perhaps no human ever will. To put it all down to some omnipotent deity is a cop-out. Factor in fairy tales of an afterlife and it becomes a comforting cop-out.”
Neal Asher, The Line Of Polity
“And, when the revolutionary cries that he is fighting for ‘freedom’, be sure to go running away from him just as fast as you can, for you can be damned certain he’s fighting for the freedom to tell you what to do.”
Neal Asher, The Departure
“Cormac was completely aware that he was being manipulated, but how he could not see. He reckoned that when he did find out, the surprise would be a nasty one. That was how it usually went.”
Neal Asher, Gridlinked
“Harl whirled round, all his attention ... on Skulker. "What is that on your carapace?""What?" Skulker tried to peer back... A tinny voice issued from somewhere... It took Skulker a moment to recognize it as that of the human male he earlier encountered. "It's CTD gecko mine - yield of about five kilotones." Skulker's shriek terminated in a blast that peeled back four square kilometers of jungle canopy and sunk a crater down to the bedrock.”
Neal Asher, Prador Moon
“Try to think like a human,’ said Gant, lolling in one of the club chairs.
‘Why should I restrict myself so severely?”
Neal Asher, Brass Man
“Blew up? How?’ ‘We dropped a shielded runcible gate into it while the gate at the other end was moved into position before a stream of near-light-speed asteroids flung out from a spinning black hole.”
Neal Asher, War Factory
“by which time the turd trajectory would be fanwards.”
Neal Asher, Dark Intelligence
“If Polity forces were to turn up here, then your king would have to respond, by which time the turd trajectory would be fanwards.”
Neal Asher, Dark Intelligence
“Thus, in moments of catastrophe, when hard decisions needed to be made quickly, all AIs included in their calculations a human death toll governed by a factor called ‘pigheadedness’.”
Neal Asher, Polity Agent
“You are newborn from the furnace and about to enter Hell. And in time you will, for reasons will find obscure, name yourself Penny Royal ...”
Neal Asher, Dark Intelligence
“They say time heals. No, it just wears away pain. It grinds everything to dust.”
Neal Asher, Dark Intelligence
“Mysticism is the function of a mind looking for alternatives to reality.”
Neal Asher, The Technician
“shattered like old glass,”
Neal Asher, War Factory
“Coloron often pondered how a race, in which the stupid seemed more inclined to breed, had managed to come this far, and why human intelligence persisted—a discussion point in the nature vs nurture debate which had not died in half a millennium.”
Neal Asher, Polity Agent
“It all came back to human time and utterly human impulses: in the end, gods did not appreciate godlike power, but humans did.”
Neal Asher, Polity Agent
“It seemed that, after contact with a few human generations, sand hogs would begin to understand human speech. The irony was that after coming to understand their riders fully, the beasts often ended up abandoning them and heading off into the wilderness.”
Neal Asher, Brass Man
“Why did anyone make a deal with the devil? Desperation, pursuit of power and wealth … Or perhaps a mistaken confidence in one’s ability to avoid pitfalls, to take something worthwhile from that deal and not be, as some would have it, “royally screwed.”
Neal Asher, Dark Intelligence
“Satisfaction, for us, is only a brief thing. The man who acquires wealth does not reach a point where he has enough. Success for us is more like acceleration than speed. Interest cannot be maintained at a constant level.’ Let it wrap its antennae round that one, Janer thought. But the mind was quick with a reply. ‘You cannot stop, then?’ said the mind. ‘No,’ said Janer. ‘Except to die.”
Neal Asher, The Skinner
“Sniper is now precisely where some Polity AI wants him and, that being so, some sort of shit is about to hit the fan, because no AI will employ Sniper if a talent for diplomacy or advanced macramé is required.”
Neal Asher, Orbus
“He was going to die, and he was seriously annoyed about that.”
Neal Asher, The Voyage of the Sable Keech
“What immortal hand or eye could frame thy fearful symmetry?”
Neal Asher, Infinity Engine
“faced with the cold realities of trying to feed an out-of-control population, a great many of Earth’s dreams had been abandoned.”
Neal Asher, The Complete Owner Trilogy
“So that means about twelve billion people dead. And the remaining six billion ruled by a government that would even like to control their thoughts.”
Neal Asher, The Complete Owner Trilogy
“I believe only in those things that can be proven empirically. There has never been any proof that a god exists, and if such proof was found why the hell should we worship him? Organized religions are just elaborate con-tricks. Take the Christian religion from which yours is an offshoot: “Obey me throughout your life, give me the product of your labour, and you will go to Paradise when you die. Disobey me and you will go to Hell and burn forever. Of course I cannot prove that this is what will actually happen – you just have to have faith.” That was a good one, and it worked well enough in a society that still believed the Earth was flat.”
Neal Asher, The Line of Polity
“When superior minds start stating the obvious,” said Amistad, “I tend to start questioning the appellation ’superior’.”
Neal Asher, Dark Intelligence
“He wasn’t sure which he hated most, the oppressive government of this world or the mindless, ever-breeding swarm it governed.”
Neal Asher, The Complete Owner Trilogy
“But beyond a certain point, the size of the technology within a computer becomes irrelevant, because there’s a minimum size to which you can reduce the button a finger presses. Humans, unfortunately, are the weak component in the circuit, as also in all their logical creations.”
Neal Asher, The Complete Owner Trilogy
“When you destroyed autocratic regimes, you caused more death and suffering than the regime itself, and often ended up with something worse. Your violent revolutions never resulted in anything better, and your revolutionaries always turned into the thing they despised.”
Neal Asher, War Factory
“Sfolk continued to ponder that, almost out of respect for the vessel around him, then, with the glee of a second-child provided with his first Gatling cannon, focused his attention on the coil guns. The”
Neal Asher, Infinity Engine

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