The Reality Dysfunction (Night's Dawn Series #1) [NOOK Book]

Overview

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

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Overview

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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316040402
  • Publisher: Orbit
  • Publication date: 10/8/2008
  • Series: Night's Dawn Series , #1
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 42,770
  • File size: 2 MB

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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  • Posted March 27, 2011

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    THE FINEST SCI-FI TRIOLOGY OF ALL TIME

    . 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.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2009

    One of the best SciFi writers today

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 7, 2011

    Brilliant Work!

    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!

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  • Posted January 5, 2013

    This is my favorite series ever.  I have read this series at lea

    This is my favorite series ever.  I have read this series at least 10 times.  That is no exaggeration.  I pick up the book every couple of months and spend a week  reading it again.  I am always disappointed when I'm finished reading because the story is over and I want more.  Definitely the best series ever.

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  • Posted November 2, 2012

    More fun, epic sci-fi from Peter Hamilton

    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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  • Posted July 25, 2012

    Imaginative, twisted, and oh so good!

    This series is a real roller coaster ride! The plot is twisted, and completely unique. I've tried to explain this to a few people and I just end up giving them the book to read for themselves. The author isn't afraid of a little violence and sex, and the plot is faced paced and far out, and complex enough to show confidence in his readers intelligence. I particularly liked some of the sci-fi tech that he dreamed up for the book, really cool stuff. It's also worth noting that the world building in these books is second to none, and I mean none. Tolkien, Jordan, Martin...none of these guys can do it any better. Throw in believable characters that you can care about and you just can't go wrong. A great read!

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  • Posted March 31, 2012

    This is an incredible book. I usually do not get caught up in b

    This is an incredible book. I usually do not get caught up in books quickly, but I was hooked very early into the book. I highly recommend it. My only gripe - I am reading it as an eBook and I keep wishing I could correct typos as I go along. It needs a good proofreader to give it a thorough cleaning.

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  • Posted December 3, 2011

    A Difficult Read

    Mr. Hamilton really need to get an assertive editor. Too many sub-plots, too much detail and time spent on minor characters and story lines wears out the reader. Reading this is like trying to wade through thick underbrush. I put it down a month ago at the half-way point, and doubt I'll pick it back up.

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