Paul McAuley (born April 23, 1955), a British botanist, award-winning author, and self-described science junkie.
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.