Peter F. HamiltonPeter F. Hamilton is a British science fiction writer most famous for his Night’s Dawn trilogy. The last book in his Void Trilogy following up the Commonwealth Saga, The Evolutionary Void, was released in September 2010.
Peter is known for blending space opera with hard science fiction, often combined with the bizarre. For example, his Night’s Dawn trilogy is a space opera epic that takes a space is an ocean approach that is pretty diamond hard on the scale, and throws in a plague of the souls of the returning dead.
His Commonwealth Saga, on the other hand, takes the unusual approach of an interstellar Portal Network… based on railway travel: taking a train from a station on one planet and arriving at a station on another. Spaceships don’t come into play until seriously long distances need to be covered. Oh, and then there’s the unstoppable galactic-scale Alien Invasion taking out dozens of star systems at a time.
The Void Trilogy is the latest series, taking place in the same continuity as the Commonwealth Saga, thousands of years later. The black hole at the center of the Milky Way is discovered to be an “artificial universe”, the Void, that is gradually consuming the galaxy to fuel the outlandish mind over matter powers of its denizens. A major religious cult in the Commonwealth decides to pilgrimage into the Void, an action which might trigger an expansion that could destroy the galaxy. Oh, and The Messiah can dream the life of Edeard, one of the humans that lived in the Void hundreds of years prior, and his sharing of these dreams are the foundation of his cult.
Be warned, though: almost everything he writes is a door stopper space opera with loads and loads of characters, and in recent years this has only gotten more pronounced. It is also worth noting that almost everything he has written has been extremely well received.
His books include Great North Road, Pandora’s Star, The Reality Dysfunction (The Night’s Dawn), Judas Unchained, The Evolutionary Void, The Temporal Void, The Dreaming Void, The Naked God (The Night’s Dawn), Manhattan in Reverse, Fallen Dragon, The Reality Dysfunction Part 2: Expansion, Misspent Youth, The Confederation Handbook, The Neutronium Alchemist (The Night’s Dawn), The Nano Flower, The Neutronium Alchemist: Conflict, Mindstar Rising, The Naked God, Part 1: Flight, A Second Chance at Eden, A Quantum Murder, The Web: Lightstorm, and Watching Trees Grow/Tendeleos Story. Read the full list of his books!
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