By Peter F. Hamilton
Critics have in comparison the engrossing area operas of Peter F. Hamilton to the vintage sagas of such sf giants as Isaac Asimov and Frank Herbert. yet Hamilton’s bestselling fiction—powered through a fearless mind's eye and world-class storytelling skills—has additionally earned him comparability to Tolstoy and Dickens. highly formidable, wildly wonderful, philosophically stimulating: the novels of Peter F. Hamilton will switch the way in which you consider technology fiction. Now, with Pandora’s Star, he starts off a brand new multivolume event, one who delivers to be his such a lot remarkable but.
The 12 months is 2380. The Intersolar Commonwealth, a sphere of stars a few 400 light-years in diameter, includes greater than 600 worlds, interconnected by means of an internet of shipping “tunnels” often called wormholes. on the farthest fringe of the Commonwealth, astronomer Dudley Bose observes the very unlikely: Over 1000 light-years away, a celeb . . . vanishes. It doesn't move supernova. It doesn't cave in right into a black gap. It easily disappears. because the place is simply too far away to arrive via wormhole, a faster-than-light starship, the Second Chance, is dispatched to benefit what has happened and no matter if it represents a danger. In command is Wilson Kime, a five-time rejuvenated ex-NASA pilot whose glory days are centuries at the back of him.
against the project are the Guardians of Selfhood, a cult that believes the human race is being manipulated by way of an alien entity they name the Starflyer. Bradley Johansson, chief of the Guardians, warns of sabotage, fearing the Starflyer capability to take advantage of the starship’s undertaking for its personal ends.
Pursued through a Commonwealth distinctive agent confident the Guardians are loopy yet risky, Johansson flees. however the possibility isn't really prevented. Aboard the Second Chance, Kime wonders if his group has been infiltrated. quickly sufficient, he'll produce other concerns. 1000 light-years away, whatever actually marvelous is ready: a perilous discovery whose unleashing will threaten to smash the Commonwealth . . . and humanity itself.
Could it's that Johansson used to be right?
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