If at First . . . (Short Story) [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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If at First . . . (Short Story)

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Overview

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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345529084
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/20/2011
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 40,208
  • File size: 2 MB

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  • Posted July 7, 2011

    Excellent author

    I've read eveything he's ever written and never been dissapointed

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 8, 2011

    Only worth your time if you are really into time travel.

    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....

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 11, 2011

    Great Short Story Read

    Characters are well written. Story has adequate and sometimes humorous details. I really liked it and could easily see sequels from this.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 3, 2011

    A Good Short Story

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2013

    Good.

    I really enjoyed this short story. Its recommended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2012

    Boring!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2012

    Short dark and interesting

    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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  • Posted March 9, 2012

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    Liked the Short Story, but...

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2011

    Not so bad..

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2011

    Dreadful

    A middle school child could write a better short story than this disjointed, over the top failure.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 8, 2011

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    Awful

    Too short, too confusing, never knew who was supposed to be speaking, no plausability whatsoever, dull. After forcing myself through the 14 page gobbledegoop mishmash of unpunctuated drivil, I couldn't find the courage to attempt the book preview. No thanks, I'll pass

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  • Posted July 24, 2011

    Meh

    Not much of a story...

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  • Posted June 26, 2011

    Good idea bad ending

    I liked the idea of time travel and changing the known outcomes, alternate universes with all possibilities. But the end was weak and not well thought out. Short 15 Nook pages mean you don't waste too much time.

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  • Posted June 22, 2011

    This was ok

    I give this story more of a 2.5/5 it was just kind of boring yet somewhat interesting at the same time. I thought it was 41 pages long but then it judt randomly ended at page 15 and went into an excerpt for another book by the same author. If your into scifi time travel stories then you might enjoy it but if not, its not really worth your time, even if its free.

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