'Really impressive . . . it's the freshest take on first contact and interstellar exploration in many years.'  Alastair Reynolds

'McAuley's latest is smart, it's challenging, and as an exploration of the social consequences of sudden science fictional change, it's very impressive indeed.' SFX

'McAuley writes intelligent hardcore SF, and this should win him a legion of new readers.'
The Guardian

Extract #1
Extract #2
A short interview
An essay on alien invasion film adaptations
The intersection of crime with science fiction
A piece about friendly aliens
The alien Jackaroo have given humanity fifteen worlds. The planets are a chance to start over, but they're also littered with ruins left by the Jackaroo's previous clients. Miracles that could reverse the damage caused by war, climate change and rising sea levels.

Nightmares that could forever alter humanity -- or even destroy it.

Chloe Millar works in London, mapping changes caused by imported scraps of alien technology. When she stumbles across a pair of orphaned kids possessed by an ancient ghost, she must decide whether to help them or hand them over to the authorities.

And on one of the gift-worlds, the murder of a man who has just arrived from Earth leads policeman Vic Gayle to a war between rival gangs over possession of a remote excavation site.

Something is coming through. Something linked to the visions of Chloe's orphans, and Vic Gayle's murder investigation. Something that will challenge the limits of the Jackaroo's benevolence . . .