A Second Chance at Eden (Confederation Universe)
A handful of short stories that spans about 500 or so years of history leading up to the Night's Dawn Trilogy, this book paints and interesting picture of the years leading up to the sci fi epic. We get to see the growing pa...more
I looked it up on the inter...more
The title novella is actually my...more
* The Reality Dysfunction
* The Neutronium Alchemist
* The Naked God
There are also two ancillary volumes:
* A Second Chance at Eden – short story collection
* The Confederation Handbook – reference volume
In the USA, each volume of the trilogy was published in two parts, as evidenced by the thumbnails.
The Night’s Dawn trilogy is a huge story spanning over 4000 pages, in truth one massive multi-volume novel. It tells of a great evil that befalls the otherwise mostly...more
Sonnie's Edge: 3/5
An introductory story that indirectly describes the initial steps in the development of the bio technologies core to this fictional universe. As in most other stories, Sonnie's Edge applies the current human mentality and soci...more
There was one short story here that was more interesting than the rest, a kind of psychosexual drama on an isolated island that seemed poised to be a cool little treatise on the nature of personal...more
As with any collection, some are better than others, but for me those that cover the evolution of Affinity (a form of gene engineered group telepathy), and Bitek (Biological constructs) are particularly welcome.
To be honest, I would have preffered that the final part of the Dawn's night series had been published first, bu...more
The stories in the book that I think matter are and would be perhaps useful reading for someone prior to jumping into the Reality Dysfunction:
- A Second Chance at Eden (backstory on the start of the Edenist culture)
- Escape Route (backstory of Josh's dad and his ship from the Reality Dysfunction)
A brilliant read.
Explored new ideas and followed a theme. Man beyond the world but the same old things bring us down.
Writing was excellent.
One story in the middle was a little too blatant.
Hamilton is an excellent genre writer, prone to writing fantastically complex space opera. When confined to the short story format most writers like to stick to a single point of view. But somehow Hamilton manages to evoke the feeling of a novel, with multiple points of view, into even some of his shortes...more
'Escape Route' is a pretty good space ship story, but I'm not sure I like how the captain escapes at the end.
Easy reading and enjoyable, definitely worth a read if you're a Hamilton fan, but not sure how they stand on their own.