This collection of short stories represents Peter F Hamilton at his best (not that I can find fault in any of his work). Whilst some of them may not have the astounding sci-fi imagination of his large scale space operas, this may be because I've lived in his universes for so long that many of the concepts start to become taken for granted. What this means for me, however, is that I'm freer to appreciate the skill and inventiveness of the storytelling itself. I can honestly say that there is not a single story that I did not enjoy or that did not leave me wanting more. This is an absolute must for any Hamilton fans and should be on the reading list of any Science Fiction or short story fan. I think it may be a good introduction for anyone daunted by the size and scale of some of his major works but probably works even better for established fans (well, it would, wouldn't it?) as several of the stories tie-in with timelines and universes from previous works. Fans of Paula Myo and the Commonwealth are in for a real treat but personally, one of the best of a very good batch of tales is also the shortest. I would challenge almost anyone not to enjoy 'The Forever Kitten', particularly anyone who has experienced the joys of living with teenagers.
It has probably been a couple of years since I last read some of Hamilton's work but this book has encouraged me to abandon my reading plans for a while and maybe revisit the Commonwealth.
I'm obviously a big fan and this genre really 'floats my boat' but I can't recommend this book highly enough. Peter F Hamilton remains one of the greatest Science Fiction author of our time, enjoy.