The Meek

The asteroid Ceres was a place where children born in space could grow in a more Earth-like atmosphere. Then a group of genetically-enhanced humans began a violent insurrection. All unaltered persons were evacuated, and the entire facility destroyed.

Decades later, a corps of engineers and technicians arrives on the seemingly dead asteroid with the job of rebuilding on the site. But the unwitting crew soon realizes that Ceres is not devoid of life. Now, they are about to confront the results of humanity’s scientific tampering—and the consequences could lead to the end of them all.


“A fast-paced action adventure.”

The Washington Post

“Some intriguing ethical problems within a satisfyingly complex plot.”

Science Fiction Chronicle

“Extraordinarily piercing and powerful.”

Locus Reviews

“In this fast-paced read with plenty of action and suspense, Mr. Mackay embroiders THE MEEK with emotional depth and hard scientific details.”

RT Book Reviews

“A dynamic complex science fiction thriller […] Mackay toasts the optimistic inevitability of the human spirit with a culturally shocking and disturbing, but quite enjoyable novel.”

Midwest Book Review

“His players are well drawn and sensitively evoked; the plot taut and interesting; and the science adroitly rendered so as not to be overwhelming to us simple types! All told a fine SF tale. Recommended.”

Yet Another Book Review

Awards & Accolades


John W. Campbell Memorial Award Finalist: “Best SF Novel”