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A Second Chance at Eden (1998)

by Peter F. Hamilton

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Series: Night's Dawn (Short Stories)

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Acclaimed bestselling author Peter F. Hamilton has taken the science fiction world by storm with his stunning, grand-scale epic: The Reality Dysfunction, The Neutronium Alchemist, and The Naked God. Now, with this collection of six stories and a short novel, Hamilton spans more than five centuries in the future history of bitek, affinity genes, Edenists, Adamists, xenocs, the Saldanas, and the starship Lady Macbeth. This outstanding anthology includes "Escape Route," which has been chosen for Gardner Dozois's prestigious collection The Year's Best Science Fiction.… (more)
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A massive disappointment.
The salacious content is heavily overdone, to the point of being creepy in a dreadfully slight story. One of my favourite authors, but this is nothing like the usual quality. ( )
  CraigGoodwin | Dec 27, 2023 |
I’ve read thousands of pages written by Peter Hamilton, many thousands, usually in the form of voluminous trilogies (Night’s Dawn, Void, Salvation) or other collections (Commonwealth Saga, Mandel Files) in addition to single volume works such as Great North Road and Fallen Dragon. Hamilton is a brilliant writer of hard science fiction.

This is the second collection of his short stories that I have read, following right on the heels of his collection, Manhattan in Reverse. As is the case with his other work, the hard science fiction in these stories is excellent. There is one novella length work (the title piece) and six other shorter tales, most of which are set in the Night’s Dawn universe.

If you like hard science fiction, you’ll enjoy this collection. If you like the style, there are many thousands of pages of similar work available to you. ( )
  santhony | Sep 20, 2021 |
This collection of stories, one of which is a novel by 1960-1970s standards, is set in the universe of the bizarrely popular Night's Dawn Trilogy. All of the stories here are better than any of or all of the volumes in that trilogy. The novel is a murder-mystery, something that Hamilton does well. One of the stories features the crew of the Lady MacBeth,, familiar to all Night's Dawn readers. Other stories have disparate settings and themes and that is what makes this book much better than most of Hamilton's other works; some of these stories are actually about something more than either space operatic adventure or whodunnit. Some of them have a classic sting-in-the-tail SF short story construction. If you liked any Hamilton at all, you should enjoy this collection. ( )
  Arbieroo | Jul 17, 2020 |
A series of short stories in the Night's Dawn Universe. They are all well done and show different aspects of his world as he developed the ideas. I really enjoyed it. ( )
  Kardaen | Apr 24, 2020 |
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Acclaimed bestselling author Peter F. Hamilton has taken the science fiction world by storm with his stunning, grand-scale epic: The Reality Dysfunction, The Neutronium Alchemist, and The Naked God. Now, with this collection of six stories and a short novel, Hamilton spans more than five centuries in the future history of bitek, affinity genes, Edenists, Adamists, xenocs, the Saldanas, and the starship Lady Macbeth. This outstanding anthology includes "Escape Route," which has been chosen for Gardner Dozois's prestigious collection The Year's Best Science Fiction.

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