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Peter F. Hamilton
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Feb. 24 2009 Commonwealth: The Void Trilogy
Reviewers exhaust superlatives when it comes to the science fiction of Peter F. Hamilton. His complex and engaging novels, which span thousands of years–and light-years–are as intellectually stimulating as they are emotionally fulfilling. Now, with The Dreaming Void, the eagerly awaited first volume in a new trilogy set in the same far-future as his acclaimed Commonwealth saga, Hamilton has created his most ambitious and gripping space epic yet.

The year is 3589, fifteen hundred years after Commonwealth forces barely staved off human extinction in a war against the alien Prime. Now an even greater danger has surfaced: a threat to the existence of the universe itself.
At the very heart of the galaxy is the Void, a self-contained microuniverse that cannot be breached, cannot be destroyed, and cannot be stopped as it steadily expands in all directions, consuming everything in its path: planets, stars, civilizations. The Void has existed for untold millions of years. Even the oldest and most technologically advanced of the galaxy’s sentient races, the Raiel, do not know its origin, its makers, or its purpose.

But then Inigo, an astrophysicist studying the Void, begins dreaming of human beings who live within it. Inigo’s dreams reveal a world in which thoughts become actions and dreams become reality. Inside the Void, Inigo sees paradise. Thanks to the gaiafield, a neural entanglement wired into most humans, Inigo’s dreams are shared by hundreds of millions–and a religion, the Living Dream, is born, with Inigo as its prophet. But then he vanishes.

Suddenly there is a new wave of dreams. Dreams broadcast by an unknown Second Dreamer serve as the inspiration for a massive Pilgrimage into the Void. But there is a chance that by attempting to enter the Void, the pilgrims will trigger a catastrophic expansion, an accelerated devourment phase that will swallow up thousands of worlds.

And thus begins a desperate race to find Inigo and the mysterious Second Dreamer. Some seek to prevent the Pilgrimage; others to speed its progress–while within the Void, a supreme entity has turned its gaze, for the first time, outward. . . .

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In the tradition of grand-scale SF sagas that explore the potential of human evolution, this densely plotted and intensely thought-provoking opener for Hamilton's Void trilogy takes place roughly 1,000 years after the events of 2006's Judas Unchained. Humankind in the 34th century has effectively conquered mortality, but many humans are still searching for existential transcendence, and a growing number believe the answer can be found inside the Void at the galactic center. Once thought to be an enormous black hole, the Void, which supposedly contains an entire micro-universe inside an impenetrable event horizon, slowly devours stars to sustain itself. If left unchecked, it will eventually consume the entire galaxy. When the technologically augmented telepath Inigo begins experiencing revelatory dreams, his shared visions ignite a mass pilgrimage to the Void, which some believe will trigger the apocalypse. Readers can expect big ideas and big story lines as well as big cliffhangers at the novel's conclusion. (Apr.)
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Praise for Peter F. Hamilton

Judas Unchained

“An interstellar suspense thriller . . . sweeping in scope and emotional range.”
–San Antonio Express-News

“Bristles with the energy of golden age SF, but the style and characterizations are polished and modern.”
–SF Site

“Richly satisfying . . . wonderfully imagined.”
–Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“You’re in for quite a ride.”
–The Santa Fe New Mexican

Pandora’s Star

“Should be high on everyone’s reading list . . . You won’t be able to put it down.”
–Nancy Pearl, National Public Radio

“An imaginative and stunning tale of the perfect future threatened . . . a book of epic proportions not unlike Frank Herbert’s Dune or Isaac Asimov’s Foundation trilogy.”

“Recommended . . . A large cast of characters, each with his own story, brings depth and variety to this far-future saga.”
–Library Journal

“Complex and engaging.”

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not science fiction Oct. 5 2013
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I Picked this book in the science fiction section and wound up reading all three in the series. But just to be perfectly clear, this is NOT science fiction. It feels that way when it starts out with space ships and planetary colonties, but in the end, particularly in the third of the series, I realized that it is really fantasy wrapped in pseudo scientific techno babble. It has everything that a fantasy novel has, including witches, warlocks, magic powers, flying, elves, dragons, people magiclaly appearing and even being magically brought back from the dead, everything you would expect from fantasy, but with different names. Still it was a reasonable read. I did feel that the author could easily, like the Game of Thrones, have condensed it from almost 2,000 pages (in the series) to about 500, but once I had invested time in the first book I felt I had to continue to get some closure.

Overall, not a bad distraction, but not particularly thought provoking (which, to me at least) is the key attribute of really good science fiction.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed Feelings on Two Separate Stories Oct. 23 2009
By Jim
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I have mixed feelings on this book primarily because of its "book within a book" structure. I was a big fan of Hamilton's Pandora's Star and Judas Unchained, which are set in the same universe (The Commonwealth) 1500 years earlier than Dreaming Void. In the DV, I really like how Hamilton imagines the Commonwealth universe having developed over a relatively long period of time. The characters and story lines in this part of the book are compelling and make for a good read. Hamilton has an incredible imagination. What I dislike about the book is the other storyline, told through a series of dreams and taking place in a medieval/fantasy world where people have psychic abilities. The characters in this story line are not particularly interesting or developed up to Hamilton's usual standard. I tend to find fantasy novels cheesy, and this storyline is no exception. Worst of all, alternating every chapter between the two story lines breaks the rhythm and momentum of the overall product. I really wish Hamilton had just spent his time exploring the Commonwealth storylines more, because he built up such a rich and compelling universe in the original Commonwealth Saga.

Overall, I would say that if you're a fan of Hamilton's and enjoyed Pandora's Star and Judas Unchained, the void trilogy is worth a look -- I am currently reading the second book in the series despite my dissatisfaction with the fantasy storyline. If you are unfamiliar with the original Commonwealth Saga, I would definitely recommend reading that instead (it really should be read first in any event). If you are unfamiliar with Hamilton generally, be patient while reading his books; they take a long time to build and are at times slow and plodding. The benefits of his style are the richly developed characters and worlds. The downside is his tendency to be overly descriptive of sometimes irrelevant facts, like describing in detail what everyone eats for breakfast -- I don't care that they eat French toast in space!
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5.0 out of 5 stars you won't put it down Jan. 9 2010
By Angela
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Great book that gets better as you read. Some of the main characters are back from Judas Unchained, which is a nice continuation. However, you do not have to have read the Judas series to follow this one. There are several parallel stories taking place within this book, and they work well together. As in his Judas Unchained story, the threads eventually converge. This story's fantasy elements evoke Modesitt's choas/balance novels, as well as Raymond Feist's Magician series. The science fiction parts for me served as a back drop for the more exciting fantasy. However, both elements serve the plot well. I devoured this novel and the next. Still waiting for the final book to come out. Please hurry Peter.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Richard V. Godsell Burlington, Ontario, Canada Sept. 18 2008
Never have I read a book this good since "Dune", Yes, you heard me. "The Dreaming Void" reminds me of when Frank Herbert first started. Stories within stories, action, edge of your seat, stay up all night to finish, kind of book. Aliens, Religious Crazies, Sexual Stuff, and of course, Medieval Super Powers all rolled into one fantastic story. 624 pages of everything you ever wanted in a Scifi story. And in October, part 2 comes out and you can only order it through Amazon, because it's from the UK and the American edition doesn't come out until March 24, 2009. So, all the more reason to read this now because it's about to knock off all the other books on the best sellers list. The author is Peter F. Hamilton, an unknown here in the States, but a very popular writer in the UK. Take my word for it and my many other personalities living inside me and buy this book. YOU WILL NOT BE SORRY! Right, Sparticus? No, I'm Sparticus, No, I am, Stop it!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointment July 1 2009
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Interesting book, with good character development and several compelling storylines. However, this is really a prequel. Nothing is resolved at the end, and all the storylines are left hanging, to be completed in "The Temporal Void". There are no indications that it is Chapter One, or first in a series. Big disappointment to me after completing 580 pages with no ending.
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