Ack-Ack Macaque


Ack-Ack Macaque
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First edition
AuthorGareth L. Powell
CountryUnited Kingdom
GenreScience fiction
PublisherSolaris Books
Publication date
26 December 2012
Media typePrint (Paperback)

Ack-Ack Macaque is a science fiction novel by English writer Gareth L. Powell.

Plot summary

Ack-Ack Macaque is based on Powell's earlier short story of the same name, which won the Interzone reader's poll in 2007.[1] The original short story is included as an appendix to the novel. The novel has aspects of alternate history as in this version of reality the United Kingdom and France merged in the 1950s to form the nation of Brittany. The macaque of the title is the star of a highly regarded, exclusive massively multiplayer online role-playing game (with the roguelike feature of character death being final) which is itself set in an alternate reality World War II. The main character in the novel is former journalist Victoria Valois, who attempts to track down the man who murdered her husband and stole her neural implant while the heir to the throne of Brittany becomes a fugitive after breaking into a Parisian research laboratory. As the novel progresses, these strands are drawn together and the true purpose of the macaque is revealed.

A sequel, Hive Monkey, was released in 2014.[2]

Critical reception

The novel gained Powell a third review from Eric Brown in The Guardian. Brown described the novel as "inventive" with "brilliant cliffhangers" and a "satisfying conclusion".[3]

Philip Reeve said that the novel "could all be quite exhausting, but it's done with such obvious enthusiasm that it's impossible not to be carried along by it."[4]

The novel was a joint winner of the 2013 BSFA Award for Best Novel with Ann Leckie's Ancillary Justice.[5]


  1. ^ "'Ack-Ack Macaque Tops Interzone Readers Poll'". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2013-01-13.
  2. ^ "'Book Deal: Hive Monkey to Solaris'". Archived from the original on 2012-12-28. Retrieved 2013-01-13.
  3. ^ Eric Brown (11 January 2013). "Science fiction review roundup". The Guardian. Retrieved 13 January 2013.
  4. ^ "'Macaque Attack'". Philip Reeve. Retrieved 2013-01-13.
  5. ^ "BSFA Award Winners Announced". The British Science Fiction Association. Retrieved 2014-04-21.

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