If at First . . . (Short Story)

If at First . . . (Short Story)

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by Peter F. Hamilton
     
 
Peter F. Hamilton has proven himself a modern master of epic space opera, carrying the tradition of far-future empire building begun by Heinlein and Asimov into the new millennium. But Hamilton is also a master of the short story, and when he tackles one of science fiction's most enduring themes-time travel-the result is as provocative as it is entertaining.

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Peter F. Hamilton has proven himself a modern master of epic space opera, carrying the tradition of far-future empire building begun by Heinlein and Asimov into the new millennium. But Hamilton is also a master of the short story, and when he tackles one of science fiction's most enduring themes-time travel-the result is as provocative as it is entertaining. It starts in 2007 with a break-in. The victim: Marcus Orthew, the financial and technological genius behind Orthanics, the computer company whose radical products have delivered a one-two punch to the industry, all but knocking PCs and Macs out of the ring. The perpetrator: a man obsessed with Orthew. Just another simple case of celebrity stalking-or so everyone assumes at first, including Metropolitan Police Chief Detective David Lanson. But when Lanson interviews the suspect, he makes a startling claim: Orthew is from the future. Or, rather, a future-a parallel timeline. Thus begins the ride of a lifetime for Lanson, as his pursuit of the facts tumbles him headlong down a rabbit hole-and the hunter finds himself hunted.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780345529084
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/20/2011
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
75,372
File size:
2 MB

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If at First . . . (Short Story) 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 49 reviews.
Chuck McKenna More than 1 year ago
I've read eveything he's ever written and never been dissapointed
Nikkiandthedrone More than 1 year ago
This one was not my cup of tea and I felt it had some weaknesses as a story. If you really get into time travel the weaknesses can perhaps be overlooked. Interesting concepts....
csi_nook More than 1 year ago
Characters are well written. Story has adequate and sometimes humorous details. I really liked it and could easily see sequels from this.
Aspleme More than 1 year ago
If At First offers a quick and interesting read. Anyone who enjoys stories about time travel should spend the few minutes it takes to read this story. With a prominent author, the writing is far better quality than many other short stories that Barnes and Noble offers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Almost exactly like the Starling episode of Star Trek Voyager.. if you've seen that. Solid little story though. Note: It is not 40 pages, its only 14
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JoeESP9 More than 1 year ago
I downloaded this for two reasons. The first is it was free, the second is I've read a lot of Peter F. Hamilton's work and have liked everything I've read so far. I've no reason yet to feel differently. I haven't read it yet, but I will soon!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this short story. Its recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Starts slow and just gets slower. I wanted to read a quick story, but this was so boring, I didn't bother finishing because I really didn't care what happened next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The short was a fun glimpse at a destroyed future trying to find its place. If you have read any of this authors previous works you will not find any suprises in his style. Like his other novels he perfers to linger more on the action between the sheets, than the battelfield.
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BellasMomma More than 1 year ago
The short story was pretty good. Of course it wasn't epic like Pandora's star, but that wasn't expected. I'm still not through reading the excerpt from the book that came after the short story, (can't remember the name, Mindless?) but so far, I'm not real into it. I really wish Mr. Hamilton would back of the graphic sex... it's really not necessary 99.9% of the time, and, if it is relevant, leave something to the imagination, so those of us who don't want to aren't forced to read the graphic details. Love Hamilton though. Wish he'd bring back Ozzy and friends!
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I didn't think the short story was all that bad. I didn't care for the preview nearly as much and don't think I would buy the full book when published.
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