This is a superb collection of stories from Peter Hamilton, set in the same universe as his excellent, bestselling epics Reality Dysfunction (Emergence and Expansion) and The Neutronium Alchemist (Consolidation and Conflict). It's hard to pick favorites here, because every one of the stories is superbly plotted, exciting, and full of fresh ideas. The novella "A Second Chance at Eden" is a classic detective story with unpredictable twists and turns. "Escape Route," which also appeared in The Year's Best Science Fiction, marks the reappearance of the starship Lady Macbeth and her crew, who must figure out a xenoc relic before they run afoul of some heavies. Hamilton favorites like bitek, affinity genes, xenocs, and Edenists are threaded throughout the collection, weaving detail into the epic tapestry of his universe. A Second Chance at Eden is perfect for Hamilton aficionados and novices alike.|
Source: Therese Littleton, Amazon.com.
For new readers of Peter Hamilton, A Second Chance at Eden is a great introduction into the universe of The Reality Dysfunction. For previous readers of The Reality Dysfunction and The Neutronium Alchemist, these stories will keep them happy and eager as they await the final volume of the trilogy, The Naked God. A Second Chance at Eden contains seven stories chronicling the history of the Confederation leading up to the time of Joshua Calvert and Quinn Dexter. They include an explanation in "Escape Route" of why the ship The Lady MacBeth was so beaten up when first seen in The Reality Dysfunction, and further exploration into the affinity technology and its potential in "Sonnie's Edge." Bestselling writer Peter F. Hamilton covers a lot of ground, from challenging his readers with the whodunit novella "A Second Chance at Eden" to the thoughtful, speculative fiction in "The Lives and Loves of Tiarella Rose."