A Second Chance at Eden (Confederation Universe)
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This collection of one novella and six short stories is truly extraordinary, wonderful and marvellous.
1. Sonnie's Edge - a short tale - clever, visceral, courageous, and tragic.
2. A Second Chance at Eden - novella - an achingly beautiful vision of who we might be, a return to the garden, full of life and joy and humanity and magic, presented and stitched together through a murder mystery. A triumph. A joy. Beautiful.
3. New Days Old Times - a rending of the fabric of good peop ...more
Candy Buds was the seed from which emerged Night's Dawn, as Hamilton tells:
"During the early nineties I wrote several short stories centered around the affinity technology. They didn’t belong to any particular hard and fast version of future history, I was just intereste...more
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
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
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
The title novella is actually my ...more
I looked it up on the inter ...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
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
A Second Chance at Eden is a collection of short stories, but the one that truly fascinated me is the one from which the book draws its title: once more I encountered a mur ...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)
- Candy ...more
Its a collection of some short stories and a novella. Sci-fi stuff set in the next couple of centuries, mostly centering around a basic idea of an 'affinity bond' between two life forms.
The general sci fi stuff is there, colonizing new places, lot of bio tech, space travel etc, but what I really enjoyed was the way the stories were written. Loved the twist at the end of most of them, and liked the way the story would develop. What I didn't care for much was the very artificial ...more
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
May be I'll give him anoth ...more
'Escape Route' is a pretty good space ship story, but I'm not sure I like how the captain escapes at the end.