The Abyss Beyond Dreams – Peter F. Hamilton

Chronicle of the Fallers #1 At the request of the alien Raiel, human genius Nigel Sheldon enters the Void – a strange section of the universe where normal laws do not apply. Within the void, on the planet Bienvenido, a determined young man fights to protect his world from the dangerous Fallers. Authors often feel compelled to tell the same story again and again. Sometimes literally the same story, from a different viewpoint (as in…

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If at First . . . – Peter F. Hamilton

This is primarily a marketing device for one of Hamilton’s other books, Mindstar Rising, an excerpt from which constitutes about 2/3 of the book. If at First is also included in some editions of The Evolutionary Void If at First Gene Wolfe introduces one of his stories (in The Best of Gene Wolfe) by suggesting that aspiring authors rewrite it in their own words. I haven’t read the The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction…

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The Evolutionary Void – Peter F. Hamilton

Void #3 The conclusion of the Void trilogy. Sadly, this book didn’t stand up to its predecessors (The Dreaming Void, The Temporal Void). Those were pretty good, and this is not substantially worse, but while those were full of interesting ideas and a good balance of SF and fantasy, this one was a little more of a slog. In the first two books, I found it hard to keep track of the various actors, who…

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The Temporal Void – Peter F. Hamilton

Void #2 The second book in Peter Hamilton’s complex story of galactic politics, religion, and aspiration. The Temporal Void is not as strong as its predecessor, The Dreaming Void, but it’s still a strong book. The book continues the story, but this time the SF side is stronger than the fantasy. Both have weaknesses. On the SF side, key character Araminta experiments with different romantic/sexual relations. Unfortunately, it comes across less as exploration of future…

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The Dreaming Void – Peter F. Hamilton

Void #1 The Dreamer broadcast to a highly evolved society the transmissions he received from the strange galactic Void region – ‘dreams’ that have inspired a large movement that aims to replicate the dreams’ society. Generally, I re-read all previous books in a series when I buy the next book. This means I’ve read The Dreaming Void three times. I like it as much now as I did the first time, but I find it…

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Misspent Youth – Peter F. Hamilton

Commonwealth Saga #1 A look at the use and consequences of genetic therapy for the purposes of regeneration. The back-cover blurbs would have you believe that this is a Dune/Foundation-level epic. It’s not – there’s nothing epic about it. But that doesn’t mean it’s a bad book. Peter Hamilton is a somewhat uneven writer – from an interesting but not engaging Fallen Dragon to the generally strong The Dreaming Void. Here, he turns his attention…

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