The Reality Dysfunction, Part 2: Expansion

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In the far future, on a primitive world called Lalonde, two groups of humans clash in an epic confrontation. The Edenists are genetically engineered space-dwellers with a telepathic affinity to their homes and ships. The Adamists reject advanced technology, but are willing to pioneer new worlds. Under the watchful eye of mysterious aliens, humanity must confront its most bitter enemy—itself.

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Overview

In the far future, on a primitive world called Lalonde, two groups of humans clash in an epic confrontation. The Edenists are genetically engineered space-dwellers with a telepathic affinity to their homes and ships. The Adamists reject advanced technology, but are willing to pioneer new worlds. Under the watchful eye of mysterious aliens, humanity must confront its most bitter enemy—itself.

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Locus
This seres is taking on one of SF's (and maybe all of literature's) primal jobs: the creation of a world with the scale and complexity of the real one.
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Absolutely vintage Science Fiction.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446605168
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/28/1997
  • Series: Night's Dawn Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 576
  • Product dimensions: 4.25 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 1.12 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2000

    Thrilling, emotional and horrific

    This series is the first I have read by Peter Hamilton. I am impressed. They are books to read when one can to fly through them all in a short period of time. When you can devote many consecutive hours, these books will have nothing 'slow' about them. The characters development is not as far fetched as one would expect from a lucky macho space captain, the Devil's Messiah or an eight legged Kiint. I hope the final conclusion is fast and packs a punch, so the story will leave you dazzled even after it's over. Hamilton understands where readers need to be able to use their own imagination, he offers a sound and comlex construct from which readers can mold characters and storylines so that the final product will fit into their own thought patterns. Later reviews illustrate a lack of personal imagination which the unfortunate beings blame on the author, who is in fact a brilliant storywriter.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2000

    In a gripping whirlwind of words, Peter F. Hamilton knocks the reader upside the head

    The year is 2600 BC Humanity has colonized over 130 Terra compatible planets. There are two differing approaches to life, the Edenists and the Adamists. The Edenists have developed a powerful new technology called Bitek. The Edenists are affinity bonded, a sort of telepathy that binds them all. This affinity bonds not just the Edenists, but also the vehicles they fly in and the structures they live in. When an Edenist dies, the sum total of all their memories is downloaded through the affinity link to the habitat, where they continue to live on. Their view is largely atheistic. The Adamists have continued on same road technologically. The road for which we have laid the foundation. Their belief in God has kept them from altering their genetic makeup like the Edenists have done. Rather then alter themselves genetically, they augment their bodies through the use of 'neural nanonics' which gives them abilities like the Edenist's affinity bonding. This first book in the Night's Dawn Trilogy successfully introduces the two factions and sets the scene for the story that will unfold later in 'The Neutronium Alchemist' and conclude in the just released 'Naked God'. The story gets rolling when the antagonist of the story, a cultist named Quinn Dexter brutally murders one of his fellow colonists on the newly populated planet Lalonde. During the killing, a 'xenoc' that exists as a spirit (I refer you to Arthur C. Clarke's '2001' and the significance of David Bowman becoming a 'Star Child'. Which was expounded upon later in '2010' and '2061'), draws close to the killing in an effort to observe first hand the death of another sentient being. Here is where things go terribly awry. As the victims spirit leaves his body to depart this realm and move onto the next. The Lycilph, our voyeuristic xenoc; has gotten caught into the space between here, and the great beyond. Opening a rift that allows the souls of the deceased to return and possess the living. As the possessed move from one planet to another in an endeavor to take over everyone living and escape the 'nothing' of the beyond. Men of all sorts, both religious and scientific must reevaluate their outlook on life in the light of the eternal. This is the beauty of The Reality Dysfunction. In a gripping whirlwind of words, Peter F. Hamilton knocks the reader upside the head and makes us appreciate that we really know nothing. It makes me think of Carl Sagan and his book Contact. In it is the powerful moral and simple truth. 'Faith is the foundation for ALL things'. Without it, man is empty and lacks hope!

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