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The Reality Dysfunction (Night's Dawn Trilogy, Book 1) (original 1996; edition 1997)
Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0330340328, Paperback)This is space opera on an epic scale, with dozens of characters, hundreds of planets, universe-spanning plots, and settings that range from wooden huts and muddy villages to sentient starships and newborn suns. It's also the first part of a two-volume book that is itself the first book of a series. There's no question that there's a lot going on here (too much to even begin to detail the plot), but Hamilton handles it all with an ease reminiscent of E. E. "Doc" Smith. The best way to describe it: it's big, it's good, and luckily there's plenty more on the way.
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Joshua Calvert, owner of the Lady Macbeth, is cursed by his good luck; Ione Saldana, Lord of Ruin, is cursed by her royal birth; colonists trapped on the stinking jungle world Lalonde are cursed by their faith; entire planets are simply cursed... And a data chip from a long-extinct alien race, the Laymil, holds the only clue to what the phenomenon is - a force unknown to science, an invasion unknown to history. The Laymil called it "the Reality Dysfunction." But they might have called it Hell...
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