" The depth and clarity of the future Hamilton envisions is as complex and involving as they come." -- "Publishers Weekly "(starred review) " The author's expansive vision of the future combines action and intrigue on a panoramic scale." "-- Library Journal "" Astounding . . . Thrilling . . . Hamilton uses technology to excellent effect." "-- Science Fiction Age "" Shows how thought-provoking yet entertaining science fiction can be. Some of the best fiction . . . in years." "-- Midwest Book Review "" [Hamilton is] taking on one of sf's (and maybe all of literature' s) primal jobs: the creation of a world with the scale and complexity of the real one." -- "Locus "" [Hamilton is] a rare talent." "-- The Denver Post" "From the Hardcover edition."
From the Back Cover
The first instalment in Peter F. Hamilton's epic Commonwealth Saga
It is AD 2329 and humanity has colonized over four hundred planets, all interlinked by wormholes. With Earth at its centre, the Intersolar Commonwealth has grown into a quiet, wealthy society, where rejuvenation allows its citizens to live for centuries.
When astronomer Dudley Bose observes a star over a thousand light years away vanish, imprisoned inside a force field of immense size, the Commonwealth is anxious to investigate what actually happened. As conventional wormholes can't reach that far, they must build the first faster-than-light starship. Captained by Wilson Kime, an ex-NASA astronaut a little too eager to relive his glory days, the Second Chance sets off on its historic voyage of discovery.
But someone or something out there must have had a very good reason for sealing off an entire star system. And if the Second Chance does manage to find a way in, what might then be let out?
'Anyone who begins this won't be able to put it down . . . Hamilton proves that "intelligent space opera" isn't an oxymoron'
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