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The Reality Dysfunction (Night's Dawn Series #1)
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The Reality Dysfunction (Night's Dawn Series #1)

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by Peter F. Hamilton
 

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Space is not the only void...

In AD 2600 the human race is finally beginning to realize its full potential. Hundreds of colonized planets scattered across the galaxy host a multitude of prosperous and wildly diverse cultures. Genetic engineering has pushed evolution far beyond nature's boundaries, defeating disease and producing extraordinary spaceborn creatures.

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Space is not the only void...

In AD 2600 the human race is finally beginning to realize its full potential. Hundreds of colonized planets scattered across the galaxy host a multitude of prosperous and wildly diverse cultures. Genetic engineering has pushed evolution far beyond nature's boundaries, defeating disease and producing extraordinary spaceborn creatures. Huge fleets of sentient trader starships thrive on the wealth created by the industrialization of entire star systems. And throughout inhabited space the Confederation Navy keeps the peace. A true golden age is within our grasp.

But now something has gone catastrophically wrong. On a primitive colony planet a renegade criminal's chance encounter with an utterly alien entity unleashes the most primal of all our fears. An extinct race which inhabited the galaxy aeons ago called it "The Reality Dysfunction." It is the nightmare which has prowled beside us since the beginning of history.

THE REALITY DYSFUNCTION is a modern classic of science fiction, an extraordinary feat of storytelling on a truly epic scale.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316021807
Publisher:
Orbit
Publication date:
10/08/2008
Series:
Night's Dawn Series , #1
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
1120
Sales rank:
187,408
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 2.10(d)

Meet the Author

Peter F. Hamilton was born in Rutland, England in 1960. He began writing in 1987, and sold his first short story to Fear magazine in 1988. He has also been published in Interzone and the In Dreams and New Worlds anthologies, and several small press publications. His first novel was Mindstar Rising, published in 1993, and he has been steadily productive since then. Peter lives near Rutland Water with his wife and two children.

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The Reality Dysfunction: Part 1 & 2 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 92 reviews.
RichardB More than 1 year ago
. To say Peter F Hamilton is brilliant just doesn't do him justice! Up until now I thought that Asimov's Foundation series or Herbert's Dune trilogy were the finest science fiction epics ever written. Boy, was I wrong! Night's Dawn trilogy stands head and shoulders above any other work in this genre. If you're reading this, trying to decide whether or not this series is for you, just stop right now and buy it. You will be amazed. I do suggest you also buy the Confederation Handbook because you will need help keeping track of the enormous number of characters, dozens of planets, habitats and spaceships. The only complaint I have is that these books should never have been produced in paperback. 1,200 and 1,300 page paperback books will probably not hold up after two or three readings. And trust me, you will want to read these books over and over again.
Sazerac7 More than 1 year ago
This is the absolute best space opera ever. I can't put in to words just much I enjoyed the whole trilogy. Lots of "trilogies" come about because the first book really sells very well and the publisher sees the opportunity to make a lot more money. In this instance, the author uses over 3500 pages to tell the most fantastic, galaxy spanning epic of all time! Too many characters to count, dozens and dozens of planets, habitat and space stations, and multiple plot lines that are all woven together to create one amazing work. I thoroughly enjoyed each and every chapter. This is a winner!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This author takes his time telling the story and developing the characters. I look at the size of the book and wonder how much of it is unnecessary, but at the end there is little I would cut. I have read two full series, back to back and enjoyed them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Long sentences with excessive serial adjectives. Constant illiteration makes it a tedious read.
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mgotts More than 1 year ago
Always love his stuff. And you get you money's worth, because it's about four books in one. Yes it's complex; yes it has multiple major characters; yes he likes to kill off lots of his supporting characters (even major characters). It's space opera that spans the galaxy, introduces convincingly-thought through alien cultures, fascinating projections of technology merging with biology, and even wonderful projections of man-made biological creatures (voidhawks & the living habitats), etc. Some people seem to be hung up on the afterworld/religion aspect, but again, I think Hamilton does a decent job projecting the inevitable split and schism of religious vs non-religious culture that would happen in a universe with hundreds of populated planets. Hamilton's stuff, and the Reality Dysfunction as a good example, are great escapes into another world. How he keeps all the many, many characters, plots, and subplots organized is impressive. Just a tip: buy this in Nook format so you can easily select character names and look them up. Hamilton will introduce a character, jump you through several other subplots and characters occurring elsewhere in the universe, and then return you to that initial character a hundred pages later. I'd look them up with the Nook "find" function to refresh my memory. Definitely an asset with any Peter F. Hamilton novel. Enjoy the ride. Hamilton's stuff is for entertainment, not racing through to the end.
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