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The Confederation Handbook (Confederation Universe)

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The Night's Dawn Trilogy is one of the most triumphant works of science fiction to appear in decades. Swiftly gathering a worldwide readership, this masterwork of cosmic imagination and storytelling brought to life an entire galaxy of diverse planets and astonishing civilizations. At the core is the Confederation, an assembly of human and alien colony worlds whose cultures ...more
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Published March 1st 2002 by Aspect (first published 2000)
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Dec 13, 2015 Claudia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is an encyclopedia related to Night's Dawn.
Lots and lots of data about the solar systems, technologies, xenoc species, timeline events, etc.
To be read after the trilogy.
J.S. Joyner
Oct 12, 2014 J.S. Joyner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An excellent piece of world-building, this acts as a wonderful companion to the Night's Dawn Trilogy (The Reality Dysfunction, The Neutronium Alchemist, The Naked God) and the short story collection set in the same universe (A Second Chance at Eden). Chock full of well-imagined and extremely creative concepts, technologies, and locales. If you're into the nuts and bolts of science fiction world building, I highly recommend giving this a read. As long as you avoid the last section on major charac ...more
Sep 03, 2012 Koen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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“The Confederation Handbook” is written by Peter F. Hamilton and was published in 2000. This book is a vital guide to the “Night’s Dawn Trilogy”.

The Night’s Dawn Trilogy is a masterpiece a Peter F. Hamilton as he constructed a complete universe, as background to tell his amazing story. In order to keep track of all the details, different species, star ships and weapons, members of the confederation, sentient Xenoc species, the principal characters and a timeline, I advise you to read this book a
Mar 27, 2011 Andreas rated it really liked it
The trilogy itself consists of:

* 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
Robert C.
This is the second book I'm reading to prepare myself for The Night's Dawn Trilogy, but I have an ulterior motive for reading this now.

A couple of days before I started reading this I enrolled at Camp NaNoWriMo, which is a kind of a challenge - similar to NaNoWriMo, where you write 50,000 words in a month (November) - but this is set in April. So, to prevent myself from getting distracted by reading instead of writing, I started reading this really boring tome.

This book is not a novel and it's n
Jim Kearnan
An amazing guide to the Night's Dawn trilogy. This really highlights the background work Hamilton puts into his series. The greatest thing I got out of it was a new appreciation for the series and his greater works. As for the actual content, is very detailed workout going on & on & on, and, would make a fantastic companion to a re-read, or, for those reading for the first time, a valuable resource to turn to, should you need further understanding on certain aspects of the series. Someth ...more
Jun 28, 2015 Jenn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very in depth descriptions of all societies, and places that are used in the confederation novels.
Dec 01, 2010 Robert rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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This appears to be Hamilton's working notes for the Night's Dawn trilogy neatened up and flogged to unsuspecting fans. It adds no new information and cannot be used easily as a reference. A genuine glossary of terms, characters, places etc would have been potentially useful; this is a waste of paper.
Sep 10, 2011 Torben rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Essential supplement when reading the Night's Dawn triology, in my opinion one of the best SF books ever written. Does not carry spoilers and can be read before the trilogy or kept as a reference during reading.
Mar 13, 2010 Colin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
an overview of the confederation universe
Sarah Hartley
Mar 30, 2014 Sarah Hartley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Peter F. Hamilton is a British science fiction author. He is best known for writing space opera. As of the publication of his tenth novel in 2004, his works had sold over two million copies worldwide, making him Britain's biggest-selling science fiction author.
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Other Books in the Series

Confederation Universe (5 books)
  • The Reality Dysfunction (Night's Dawn, #1)
  • The Neutronium Alchemist (Night's Dawn, #2)
  • The Naked God (Night's Dawn, #3)
  • A Second Chance at Eden

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