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Pandora's Star by Peter F. Hamilton

Pandora's Star

Part of the Commonwealth Saga Series
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One of his massive (880+ pages), broad-canvas, galactic SF adventures for which he stands head and shoulders above his peers. If you haven’t read him you really must.

Comparisons: Arthur C Clarke, Larry Niven, Stephen Baxter.
Similar this month: Anne McCaffrey.

If you like Peter F. Hamilton you might also like to read books by Stephen Hunt, Stephen Donaldson and Larry Niven.

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Pandora's Star by Peter F. Hamilton

In AD 2329, humanity has colonised over four hundred planets, all of them interlinked by wormholes. With Earth at its centre, the Intersolar Commonwealth now occupies a sphere of space approximately four hundred light years across. When an astronomer on the outermost world of Gralmond, observes a star 2000 light years distant - and then a neighbouring one - vanish, it is time for the Commonwealth to discover what happened to them. For what if their disappearance indicates some kind of galactic conflict? Since a conventional wormhole cannot be used to reach these vanished stars, for the first time humans need to build a faster-than-light starship, the Second Chance. But it arrives to find each 'vanished' star encased in a giant force field -- and within one of them resides a massive alien civilisation.


The best book Hamilton has written in years - The Guardian

Anyone who begins this won't be able to put it down ... Hamilton proves that 'inteligent space opera' isn't an oxymoron - Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Peter F. Hamilton

Peter F. Hamilton was born in Rutland 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 Kate, daughter Sophie and son Felix.

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3rd September 2010


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Pan Macmillan


1168 pages


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