Tony Ballantyne is the author of the Penrose and Recursion series of novels as well as many acclaimed short stories that have appeared in magazines and anthologies around the world. He has been nominated for the BSFA and Philip K Dick awards.

His latest novel, Dream London, was published in October 2013.  He is currently working on Cosmopolitan Predators!  for Aethernet Magazine

Dream London

DreamLonMid“Dream London is one of those unclassifiable gems that crop up from time to time.” – The Guardian

“This is as strange and unclassifiable a novel as it’s possible to imagine, and a marvellous achievement.” -Financial Times

Blood and Iron

BloodIronMid“Engrossing and Original.  Blood and Iron is a subtle critique of colonialism, a graphic account of opponents sliding towards conflict, and a fascinating mystery: just what is the relationship between the human race and the robots of Penrose?” – Guardian

“An absorbingly written novel that finds new and inventive ways to ask some classic SF ‘what if?’ questions” – SFX

Twisted Metal

TwistedMetalMid“Written in a deceptively simple style, Twisted Metal is not only highly readable, but surprisingly thoughtful.  Ballantyne’s creation of a world of robots allows him to focus on the beliefs that we humans have about ourselves from an entertainingly different perspective.” – The Times

“Ballantyne’s fourth novel is an original work with a distinctive voice.  It works not only as a thrilling action adventure, but as a thought experiment exploring free will, independence and totalitarianism.” – The Guardian


DivergenceMid“Full of invention and ideas, guaranteed to revive a sense of wonder.” – The Times

“Ballantyne handles an intricate future skillfully and oddly hopefully … maintaining a fine balance between good characterization and a fast-paced plot.” —Booklist


CapacityMid“A techno-thriller that aspires to be more than just detective fiction with gadgetry, Capacity successfully tackles themes like free will, accountability, and the nature of human consciousness… It’s to Ballantyne’s credit that these weighty issues never threaten to occlude the individual characters, or to overshadow the sometimes painful attachment you feel for them.” -Strange Horizons

“Tony Ballantyne lets seasoned hard SF and fans of cyberpunk have it with both barrels in a zero compromise, take no prisoners, novel. Richly plotted and drawing upon many SF tropes, Capacity is so epic in ambition and scope that the unprepared reader might be excused a passing sense of vertigo…” – Concatenation


RecursionMid“Overflowing with provocative ideas, Ballantyne’s debut displays enviable mastery of both suspenseful storytelling and technological extrapolation.  Mark him as a writer of considerable promise” – Booklist

“An exceptional first novel.  A new British writer has arrived to join the likes of Hamilton, Reynolds and Banks” – Vector


  1. Hi sir your dream series is my favorite books ever read because I found it and knew theese were something awesome . I bought both of them I hold them high as the most intresting books I resonate with that is a fiction . Or maybe non fiction You can expand with more cities if you have more ideas . I think you could keep writing one here and there as more ideas for this unique cityscape story / adventures. I’m not a frequent reader of fiction but this my favorite I will read them over and over. I hope you decide to start writing a Dream journey again and see were it leads you in the process. I will keep checking back years to come . Cheers

    1. Thank you! It’s nice to know that you enjoyed them. I don’t have any plans to write any more Dream stories in the immediate future, but that might change…

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