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  • Paperback: 795 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; Unabridged edition (2 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 033044302X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330443029
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 5 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (125 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 326,938 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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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."-SFRevu "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."-Booklist "From the Hardcover edition."

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AD 3580. The Intersolar Commonwealth has spread through the
galaxy to over a thousand star systems. It is a culture of rich diversity
with a place for everyone. A powerful navy protects it from any hostile
species that may lurk among the stars. For Commonwealth citizens, even
death has been overcome.

At the centre of the galaxy is the Void, a strange artificial universe
created by aliens billions of years ago, shrouded by an event horizon more
deadly than any natural black hole. In order to function, it is gradually
consuming the mass of the galaxy. Watched over by its ancient enemies, the
Raiel, the Void's expansion is barely contained.

Inigo dreams of the sweet life within the Void, and shares these visions
with billions of avid believers. When he mysteriously disappears, Inigo's
followers decide to embark on a pilgrimage into the Void to live the life
of their messiah's dreams - a pilgrimage which the Raiel claim will trigger
a catastrophic expansion of the Void.

Aaron is a man whose only memory is his own name. He doesn't know who he
used to be, or what he is. All he does know is that his job is to find the
missing messiah and stop the pilgrimage. He's not sure how to do that, but
whoever he works for has provided some pretty formidable weaponry that
ought to help.

Meanwhile inside The Void, a youth called Edeard is coming to terms with
his unusually strong telepathic powers. A junior constable in Makkathran,
he starts to challenge the corruption and decay that have poisoned the
city. He is determined that his fellow citizens should know hope again.
What Edeard doesn't realize is just how far his message of hope is
reaching. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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81 of 82 people found the following review helpful By Tim Wright on 30 Sep 2010
Format: Kindle Edition
The book itself is fine - up to his usual standard. Sadly, though, the Kindle edition is marred by multiple layout problems. Paragraphs are merged together or split (sometimes half way through a sentence), punctuation is missing... it basically reads like an early proof copy. Given the ease of fixing this sort of thing in digital editions, the lack of care from the publisher is disappointing, and I wouldn't recommend purchasing until they have been resolved.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Tghu Verd on 18 Feb 2008
Format: Hardcover
Having been caught out by 'The Reality Dysfunction', I was expecting a book that left everything hanging. And I was not disappointed. The good news is that there are two more books to come...and the also good news is that I'll read 'The Dreaming Void' again when I buy each of them because otherwise who can remember everything that's going on otherwise.

Now, is it any good? Yes, if you like your SciFi layered with gizmos, gadgets and high-tech humans. Plus you get a large cast, heaps of planets described in gory detail and a plot that looks like its going somewhere.

So, buy it but if you can't cope with a novel that literally just stops and leaves everything hanging until the next installment, then put it away and don't read on until you have collected all three!!
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121 of 130 people found the following review helpful By A. Whitehead TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 3 Sep 2007
Format: Hardcover
Peter F. Hamilton is one of SF's most reliably entertaining authors, churning out blockbuster epics so huge that the hardcovers can be used as aids to hippopotamus euthanasia, whilst retaining the ability to tell page-turning, gripping stories. His Night's Dawn Trilogy is a classic of the genre, but his more recent duology, The Commonwealth Saga, was a more mixed bag. An excellent and very promising opening installment, Pandora's Star, was followed up by the mildly disappointing Judas Unchained, which ended the story in a rather rushed and somewhat confused manner.

The Dreaming Void, Book 1 of The Void Trilogy, picks up the story in AD 3589, 1,205 years after the conclusion of the Starflyer War. Humanity is now split into three distinct sub-species: normal humans, Highers (who live in roughly equal paradise-like conditions with all their needs provided by their nations) and Advancers (who live essentially inside a vast cyberspace-like reality called ANA and download into biologically-grown bodies when they need to visit the real world). They are spread over a thousand worlds, unified as the Greater Commonwealth, which is now one of the most powerful forces in the Galaxy. Dozens of alien races have been contacted, many mysteries from the first two books have been solved (some of them rather dismissively explained within a few pages of the novel's opening) and mankind is now officially allied to the Raiel, now revealed as the most powerful race in the Galaxy. Life is seemingly good.

However, the black hole at the centre of the Galaxy, dubbed 'The Void' by some, is expanding much quicker than it should, threatening to shorten the lifespan of the Galaxy by possibly several billion years.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Mark P. VINE VOICE on 20 Aug 2007
Format: Hardcover
I've been a fan of PFH since reading the Night's Dawn trilogy years ago - and have subsequently read them numerous times.

Pandora's Star and Judas Unchained were also good, but didn't feel quite as involving - although they grew on me after a couple of reads through.

Dreaming Void builds on from the Commonwealth universe of Pandora/Judas, and illustrates an excellent maturing of the technology, planets and people, and it's fascinating to see how the technology in some of his other books (e.g. Misspent Youth) has grown up to become a core part of the universe, and a way in which some of the characters have been enhanced and rejuvenated over the course of a thousand or so years.
It does occasionally feel a bit contrived to have the same people wandering around after all this time, but when put into context with the futuristic technology then it seems like it could be plausible. The downside of this is, as has been pointed out in another review, that the "old" characters aren't explained or fleshed-out as much as some of the newcomers - which means that to fully understand their motives, personality, etc. you'll need to read the two earlier books.

There are - as ever - several initially separate storylines which build together; I always enjoy the moment at which something clicks for me, and I realise the relevance of such a thread; in this case there were two - where things fell into place about Araminta, and then Edeard. I experienced the same frustration upon reaching the end of this book as I did when reading Pandora's Star - everything is building up nicely, but none of the threads are being resolved - and then it finishes on a cliffhanger and you've got to wait until the next "episode"! Argh!

Personally, I can't wait - and I can forsee that this is going to be another series of books that whenever the next book is released, I go back and read it all again ab initio...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Paul Chipperfield on 4 Oct 2007
Format: Hardcover
Peter Hamilton has a style of writing that makes it easy to get into his books. If you know his books, then this returns to his best. If you don't, then you will be transported into a universe that ranges from beautiful humanity to inhumane violence, slow country life to breath-taking action and an incredible imagination of one of the best Sci-fi writers going. It may be a large book, but you will breeze through the pages.
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