The Abyss Beyond Dreams

The Abyss Beyond Dreams

A Novel of the Commonwealth

Book - 2014 | First edition
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"A clash of cultures in the Void pits humanity against a shape-changing alien species, and sees if two warring races can ever cooperate enough to free themselves from their mutual prison"-- Provided by publisher.
"The wait is over. Bestselling science fiction master Peter F. Hamilton is back with the first of a new two-book saga set in his popular Commonwealth universe. Distinguished by deft plotting, a teeming cast of characters, dazzling scientific speculation, and imagination that brings the truly alien to life, The Abyss Beyond Dreams reveals Hamilton as a storyteller of astonishing ingenuity and power. The year is 3326. Nigel Sheldon, one of the founders of the Commonwealth, receives a visit from the Raiel--self-appointed guardians of the Void, the enigmatic construct at the core of the galaxy that threatens the existence of all that lives. The Raiel convince Nigel to participate in a desperate scheme to infiltrate the Void. Once inside, Nigel discovers that humans are not the only life-forms to have been sucked into the Void, where the laws of physics are subtly different and mental powers indistinguishable from magic are commonplace. The humans trapped there are afflicted by an alien species of biological mimics--the Fallers--that are intelligent but merciless killers. Yet these same aliens may hold the key to destroying the threat of the Void forever--if Nigel can uncover their secrets. As the Fallers' relentless attacks continue, and the fragile human society splinters into civil war, Nigel must uncover the secrets of the Fallers--before he is killed by the very people he has come to save. Praise for Peter F. Hamilton's Great North Road "Gripping. a mammoth tale featuring believable characters and exceptionally skilled storytelling."--Library Journal (starred review) The Evolutionary Void "Satisfying and powerful. Space Opera doesn't get much more epic."--SFFWorld The Temporal Void "Fusing elements of hard SF with adventure fantasy tropes, Hamilton has singlehandedly raised the bar for grand-scale speculative storytelling."--Publishers Weekly The Dreaming Void "A real spellbinder from a master storyteller. dozens of scenarios, a surprisingly well-delineated cast of thousands, plotting enough to delight the most Machiavellian of readers."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Del Rey, [2014]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780345547200
0345547209
9780345547194
0345547195
Branch Call Number: x
Characteristics: 614 pages ; 25 cm

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stewstealth
Nov 02, 2016

Ambitious first part of two science fiction novel. Well developed characters and settings. A little thin on actual science but contains a good deal of imagination. If you enjoy a long science fiction story that takes awhile to come together then this is worth reading.

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AvidListener
Nov 09, 2015

Peter Hamilton is, hands down, one of the best science fiction writers ever. His characters are all well rounded and the world's they live in are amazingly detailed. Some may complain that he spends too much time setting the scenes, but I enjoy the lavish details. I really enjoyed this book, and can't wait to get to the next.
As an aside, if you haven't read Pandora's Star and the sequel Judas Unchained you really need to, you won't be disappointed.

wseal2000 Dec 21, 2014

Couldn't finish it.

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Gold_inthosehills
Dec 09, 2014

Easily one of the best books I've read all year. Emotionally invested with all the characters, and that is no easy trick. Last few pages I was laughing to tears. No kidding~
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