Christopher Priest Books In Order

Standalone Novels In Publication Order

  1. Indoctrinaire (1970)
  2. Fugue for a Darkening Island (1972)
  3. The Inverted World (1974)
  4. The Space Machine (1976)
  5. A Dream of Wessex (1977)
  6. The Perfect Lover (1977)
  7. The Affirmation (1981)
  8. The Glamour (1984)
  9. Short Circuit (1986)
  10. Mona Lisa (1986)
  11. The Quiet Woman (1990)
  12. The Prestige (1995)
  13. The Extremes (1998)
  14. eXistenZ (1999)
  15. The Separation (2002)
  16. The Islanders (2011)
  17. The Adjacent (2013)
  18. The Gradual (2016)
  19. An American Story (2018)
  20. Episodes (2019)
  21. The Evidence (2020)

Collections In Publication Order

  1. Real-Time World (1974)
  2. An Infinite Summer (1979)
  3. The Dream Archipelago (1999)
  4. Ersatz Wines (2008)
  5. Real-Time World +2 (2012)

Non-Fiction Books In Publication Order

  1. The Book on the Edge of Forever (1987)
  2. The Last Deadloss Visions (1988)
  3. The Magic (2008)
  4. “It” Came From Outer Space (2008)

New Writings in SF Books In Publication Order

  1. New Writings In SF-2 (By:) (1964)
  2. New Writings In SF-4 (By:Isaac Asimov) (1965)
  3. New Writings In SF-5 (By:) (1965)
  4. New Writings in SF-18 (By:James White) (1965)
  5. New Writings In SF-12 (By:,James White) (1968)
  6. New Writings in SF-16 (With: James White) (1969)
  7. New Writings in SF-14 (By:) (1969)
  8. New Writings in SF-17 (By:) (1970)
  9. The Best from New Writings in S.F. (By:) (1971)
  10. New Writings in SF Special (By:,Kenneth Bulmer) (1971)
  11. New Writings in SF-21 (By:James White) (1972)
  12. New Writings in SF-20 (By:Robert Holdstock) (1972)

Anthologies In Publication Order

  1. New Writings in SF-16 (1969)
  2. Anticipations (1978)

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Christopher Priest Books Overview


Ultramarine hardcover edition. First novel by the author of ‘The Prestige.’ A tale of a future world where the Amazon forests have been cleared, the population has been decimated by a major war, and where the air itself contains deadly, mind distorting compounds. ‘A first novel, remarkably well calculated and controlled. The whole story is put over crisply, with a nice sense of the odd, so that one goes willingly to the end.’ Times Literary Supplement.

The Inverted World

The city is winched along tracks through a devastated land full of hostile tribes. Rails must be freshly laid ahead of the city and carefully removed in its wake. Rivers and mountains present nearly insurmountable challenges to the ingenuity of the city’s engineers. But if the city does not move, it will fall farther and farther behind the optimum into the crushing gravitational field that has transformed life on Earth. The only alternative to progress is death. The secret directorate that governs the city makes sure that its inhabitants know nothing of this. Raised in common in cr ches, nurtured on synthetic food, prevented above all from venturing outside the closed circuit of the city, they are carefully sheltered from the dire necessities that have come to define human existence. And yet the city is in crisis. The people are growing restive, the population is dwindling, and the rulers know that, for all their efforts, slowly but surely the city is slipping ever farther behind the optimum. Helward Mann is a member of the city s elite. Better than anyone, he knows how tenuous is the city s continued existence. But the world he is about to discover is infinitely stranger than the strange world he believes he knows so well.

The Affirmation

From the author of ‘Fugue for a Darkening Island’ and ‘The Glamour’, comes a new elaborate science fantasy novel. Winner of the British Science Fiction Award, Christopher Priest was featured in the Book Marketing Council’s ‘Best of Young British’ promotion.

The Glamour

Cameraman Richard Grey’s memory has blanked out the few weeks before he was injured in a car bomb explosion. When he is visited by a girl who seems to have been his lover, his attempts to recall the forgotten period produce an odyssey through France and conflicting accounts of what happened. When Susan Kewley speaks to him of that time, he finds himself glimpsing a terrible twilight world the world of ‘The Glamour‘.

The Quiet Woman

After a Chernobyl like accident at a fast breeder reactor on the north coast of France, Britain is shrouded in radioactive fall out. When her best friend is murdered, a young writer is forced to make sense of the deadly world she now occupies.

The Prestige

From film maker Christopher Nolan Memento, Batman Begins and writer Jonathan Nolan whose original short story ‘Memento Mori’ was the basis of Memento comes a mysterious tale of two magicians whose intense rivalry erupts into a life long battle lethally fueled by obsession, deceit, and jealousy. In late nineteenth century England, two stage illusionists are drawn into a match of wits, each desiring to annihilate the reputation of the other. Upper class Robert Angier Hugh Jackman enjoys worldwide fame, while cockney Alfred Borden Christian Bale is his most ardent rival. Their antagonism is also a mutual fascination, but the competition between them leads to evermore dangerous acts of conjuring. When Angier raises the stakes by consulting scientist Nikola Tesla David Bowie, the potential for a deadly reckoning draws near. This volume contains an Introduction by Jonathan Nolan and Christopher Nolan.

The Extremes

Long regarded as ‘one of the masters of psychological fiction in America’ San Francisco Chronicle, Kate Wilhelm delivers one of her most probing and most suspenseful novels in The Deepest Water. Abby Connors’s father, Jud, was a novelist whose career finally took off after three novels and years of hard work. Jud was also the most important man in Abby’s life, to the chagrin of her husband Brice. When Jud is murdered in his Oregon lakefront cabin, Abby’s life is overturned. Was the killer someone she knew?Fortunately, it seems she has a guide to direct her through the maze that is her life: Jud’s last novel. If only she can see through the fiction to perceive the truth. Outwardly calm, yet irresistible, The Deepest Water grows more chilling and more compelling as the reader probes deeper into it. This novel is a blockbuster from one of America’s best loved storytellers.


A world where fantasy is more real than life itself. You are in a society where game designers are superstars and players can organically enter their favorite games…
. A society where no one is more desired than Allegra Geller, the hip gaming goddess whose latest system, eXistenZ, takes a quantum leap beyond anything ever imaginedtapping so deeply into its users’ fears and desires that it blurs the boundaries of reality. Fleeing an assassination attempt from Anti eXistenZialists determined to destroy the game and its creator, Allegra finds an ally in Ted Pikul, a young executive turned novice security guard sworn to protect her. Seeking shelter within her creation, Allegra persuades Ted to play the game, and the fugitives find themselves in a phantasmagoric world where existence ends and eXistenZ begins, a fantastic place where nothing is as it seems and the villains are all too realand all too deadly. Now a major motion picture from Dimension Films, written and directed by David Cronenberg and starring Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jude Law, Willem Dafoe, and Ian Holm.

The Separation

The Separation is the story of twin brothers, rowers in the 1936 Olympics where they met Hess, Hitler’s deputy; one joins the RAF, and captains a Wellington; he is shot down after a bombing raid on Hamburg and becomes Churchill’s aide de camp; his twin brother, a pacifist, works with the Red Cross, rescuing bombing victims in London. But this is not a straightforward story of the Second World War: this is an alternate history: the two brothers both called J.L. Sawyer live their lives in alternate versions of reality. In one, the Second World War ends as we imagine it did; in the other, thanks to efforts of an eminent team of negotiators headed by Hess, the war ends in 1941. The Separation is an emotionally riveting story of how the small man can make a difference; it’s a savage critique of Winston Churchill, the man credited as the saviour of Britain and the Western World, and it’s a story of how one perceives and shapes the past.

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