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  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Tor; First Edition edition (9 Oct. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0333741250
  • ISBN-13: 978-0333741252
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 3.7 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 411,574 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Peter F. Hamilton was born in Rutland in 1960, and still lives near Rutland Water with his family. He began writing in 1987, and sold his first short story to Fear magazine in 1988. He has also been published in Interzone and the In Dreams and New Worlds anthologies, and several small-press publications. His work includes the Greg Mandel series, the Night's Dawn trilogy - which established him as Britain's bestselling writer of science fiction - and his critically acclaimed Void novels: The Dreaming Void, The Temporal Void and The Evolutionary Void. His novels and his handbook (a vital guide to the Night's Dawn trilogy) have sold almost two million copies worldwide.

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This is Hamilton's first collection of short stories (including one novella), set in the same universe as the bestselling Night's Dawn trilogy. Actually, as Hamilton himself admits, the original versions of these stories had nothing to do with Night's Dawn, but he has used the opportunity of this collection to tweak (or almost completely rewrite) all his earlier works and bring them in line. This process seems to affect most sci-fi novelists at some point in their careers and is probably a cathartic milestone in the transition from new sci-fi author to bestselling author.

The collection is chronological in sequence, starting with the early days when affinity is a cutting edge technology and taking the reader through it's rapid development as it forms a fundamental part of civilization. For die-hard enthusiasts of Night's Dawn, Escape Route tells the intriguing story of the last flight of Joshua Calvert's father and his spacecraft, Lady Macbeth. And the novella A Second Chance at Eden is Hamilton's attempt at revenge; apparently when he wrote his second novel A Quantum Murder, too many of his friends solved the mystery and identified the murderer--this time he throws down the gauntlet to stunning effect. For fans or novices, this collection offers a diverse selection, all under- pinned by Hamilton's attention to detail and skill in storytelling. --Dave Mutton

About the Author

Peter F. Hamilton was born in Rutland in 1960 and still lives in that county. He began writing in 1987, and sold his first short story to Fear magazine in 1988. He has written many bestselling novels, including the Greg Mandel series, the Night’s Dawn trilogy, the Commonwealth Saga, the Void trilogy, two short story collections and several standalone novels. Find out more about Peter F. Hamilton at www.peterfhamilton.co.uk or discover more Pan Macmillan and Tor UK books at www.torbooks.co.uk

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. Whitehead TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 23 Aug. 2009
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In the mid-21st Century a brilliant geneticist named Wing-Tsit Chong creates the affinity gene. When spliced into human beings, it allows them to control bonded servitor animals with total accuracy. Humans fitted with the gene can also communicate with one another using the gene, which creates an effect similar to the old, mythical idea of telepathy. The affinity gene revolutionises science, and when combined with the growing industry of biological technology -bitek - it seems to promise a brighter, less technologically and materially-focused future for the human race. In 2090 the Jovian Sky Power Corporation begins mining helium-3 from the atmosphere of Jupiter and builds abitek space station, Eden, as a cheap alternative to a traditional but expensive hollowed-out asteroid habitat. Eden is given its own neural strata and its sentient mind can communicate with all of its inhabitants, and all of them with one another, forming the ultimateutopian society.

But change is hard for some to accept. The Reunified Christian Church is deeply concerned about the implications of bitek and affinity, for with the immediate reassurance of thousands of other human minds to any crisis or problem, people grow up better-adjusted and in less need of psychological reassurance. In short, they grow up with no need for faith in what cannot be seen or known. And that is a danger that no religion can ignore.

Spanning 530 years of history, the six short stories and the title novella that make up A Second Chance at Eden chronicle humanity's first faltering steps into space, the colonisation of other worlds and the huge schism along ideological and religious grounds that splits the human race in two, theAdamists and Edenists.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Crazy Eddie on 3 Feb. 2004
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There is not really a lot to add to what other reviewers have written - the stories are great and well written, (although perhaps not quite as well polished as Night's Dawn) and the characterisation is generally good: this is true of both those we might term heroes and those who could be villains, although in many places this becomes blurred. This is one of the best points, all the characters are human, with a mix of traits not just virtuously angelic or evilly demonic. Another good feature of this anthology, is that each story is truly distinct and individual. There are one or two links to the main work (Night's Dawn) but each story in Second Chance is written in slightly different styles and focuses on slightly different things, giving a full range between "Alien" at one extreme and "Caves of Steel" at the other.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By P. R. Rustage on 23 Mar. 2002
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This anthology provides an excellent introduction to Hamilton if you have never read him before. In particular, since it is set in the "Night's Dawn" universe it is a good taster for anyone comtemplating reading the trilogy.
All the stories are good. Well written original plots with good characterisation and (usually) a satisfying twist in the tail.
"A Second Chance at Eden" is a sci-fi whodunnit posing an Asimov style problem: In a world where every action by every person is observed and recorded by an omnipresent computer, how do you commit the perfect murder? Unlike Hamilton's other whodunnit (Quantum Murder) the solution is suprising and unguessable.
"Candy Buds" reads like a future fairy tale until you come to the nasty twist at the end. And what more intriguing puzzle could there be than the abandoned alien space ship in "Escape Route"?
Hamilton demonstrates in this book that he is a worthy successor to the best of the "golden age" hard SF writers (clarke, asimov, heinlein etc)- no fantasy sorcerers or spells here. He combines new ideas and speculative technology with good characterisation typical of the best of contemporary writing.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Mar. 2001
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This is a wonderful collection of science fiction short stories. Each story is based on a good idea and the writing runs smoothly like a fresh little creek in the mountains. The characters are believable and mostly likeable. Thanks, Peter.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "david@acquiesce11.freeserve.co.uk" on 1 Jun. 2001
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Second Chance is a complementary book of 6 short stories and 1 novella (Second Chance At Eden) set in the same time line as Hamiltons Nights Dawn Triology. Before I comment on the book I'd like to point out that you really should read The Reality Dysfunction and Neutronium Alchemist first before picking up Second Chance, to get a feel for the story and time line. You MUST read Second Chance BEFORE reading The Naked God, you'll see why after reading Naked God - there are a few events in Second Chance that were an epithany to me in hindsight, orgasmic if you figure it all out for yourself.
All the stories cover strong themes, with pleanty of sub-text to develop the story and keep you guessing all the time (a talent endemic to all Hamilton's work).
Probably the best stories featured are New Days Old Times - the end is stunning and surprisingly emotional considering you've only had a little while to relate to the characters. A Second Chance At Eden, Escape Route and The Lives and Loves of Tiarella Rosa. The rich prose immerses you in Hamiltons universe, let you're mind wander and you're walking through Eden; servitor chimps scuttling by- the detail is truely phenominal, without becomming superflous and utterly boring - anyone who has ever read Kes will know what I mean.
The dialogue is spot on, although a little strong at times - this is an adult book and not really suitable for children. Those who have read the trilogy will understand what I'm trying to say.
Read it, thats all I can say. You really will be missing out if you dont have a copy of The Nights Dawn and Second Chance on your bookshelves
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