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The Dreaming Void (Void #1)

4.14 of 5 stars 4.14  ·  rating details  ·  10,646 ratings  ·  449 reviews
Reviewers exhaust superlatives when it comes to the science fiction of Peter F. Hamilton. His complex and engaging novels, which span thousands of years–and light-years–are as intellectually stimulating as they are emotionally fulfilling. Now, with The Dreaming Void, the eagerly awaited first volume in a new trilogy set in the same far-future as his acclaimed Commonwealth...more
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Published (first published 2007)
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This book starts with a great plot and moves along nicely until around the halfway mark. The trilogy, of which this book is the first, is actually a continuation of the story begun in Pandora's Star and Judas Unchained. This time the mystery sealed in space is hinted at by the dreams of two people. A large religious group has decided to set forth in a mass journey to the sealed area of space, but any penetration of it has, in the past, caused the Void to begin to destroy everything around itself...more
David Sven
Too many characters, too many factions and factions within factions, mind boggling technology, and what else is one to expect from Peter F Hamilton. Well, maybe we should add in some very cool action sequences with bionic weaponry blasting everything to slag, some returning characters from the Commonwealth Saga like Paula Myo, Gore and Justine Buirnelli, Sheldon, Oscar Monroe - Yes, we are back in the same Universe some thousand years after the Starflyer war, and just when I thought I had a hand...more
This book (and indeed, the entire series) is trite fluff, and it contains almost no interesting ideas that weren't directly borrowed from much better books. The author's prose is both verbose and insipid, though he does setup some amusing situations. The principal distinctive characteristic of the author for this series is his profound laziness with respect to his story development. Many pages are used to describe characters, who then act contrary to their development when convenient to advance...more

The story takes place 1.000 years after the Commonwealth saga. We see a few new faces, but also characters from the first two books. The same things I loved about the first series by Peter F. Hamilton continues in this series. A super detailed and rich world, even though it's the same universe a lot has changed in 1k years.
The plot builds up slowly, but I think you can expect this from Hamilton novels and I guess the whole scope of the story is much bigger than started in the first volume. So I...more
I'm about 100 pages in and probably will not finish. Others have summarized the book well, but for me the sticking point isn't the wholesale tossing of science just because Hamilton wants to have a new toy.

It's that people in this fantastic world where they live for centuries and have access to all kinds of amazing technologies want to move to a Void where the world is like medieval Europe, complete with bandits. Perhaps it's explained later, but it's simply not plausible that people in the 36t...more
I'm so glad I stuck with Peter F. Hamilton. I think he's now one of my favorite SF authors. And, in this audiobook, John Lee has redeemed himself as a narrator. I was totally annoyed by his narration of Pandora's Star, but was totally engrossed in his narration of The Dreaming Void. In fact, I downloaded The Temporal Void from Audible while I was listening to the last half hour of this book.

I'm not going to bother telling what this book was about because the synopsis sums it up pretty well. What...more
Peter’s new book, the first of the proposed Void Trilogy, is set around the year 3580, 1500 years into the future of the events of Pandora’s Star/Judas Unchained. The Intersolar Commonwealth, seen in its early stages in Pandora’s Star/Judas Unchained, has evolved and has expanded into a fairly stable state over a thousand galaxies. After the events of the previous two books, there is, after a fair degree of rebuilding, a stable space fleet once more. The InterSolar dynasties of Sheldon and Halga...more
Elliott Walsh
Actually, I'm only WITHIN STRIKING DISTANCE of finishing this interesting book, which was a gift from one of my daughters more than a year ago.

While worthy and as I said interesting in many ways, it was not for me a compelling read. Hamilton is gifted but seems to write without any discipline with regard to outlining his story arcs in advance of writing, or if he DOES so, it is not set out for the reader in any clearly discernible way.

His gifts and strengths do lie in his imagination, and the s...more
This is the first novel of a trilogy by Peter Hamilton--it is science fiction, interspersed with "dreams" that are fantasy. The science fiction follows along similar lines to Hamilton's Commonwealth Saga; some of the same characters return, but they are a thousand years older!

Neither the science fiction plot-lines nor the fantasy contained much in the way of interesting new ideas. And while I generally enjoy science fiction more than fantasy, here I enjoyed the fantasy episodes quite a bit more...more
Is it possible to have too many good ideas? Or stories to tell?

Yes. Yes, it is.

Case in point, this book right here.

The Dreaming Void is the beginning of a new trilogy, but because of the links its has to previously published works by this author, reads as more of a middle chapter than a beginning. Nouns! Proper nouns, luminous with import from these previous works flood these pages with nary a note of exposition for the reader starting this First Book of a Trilogy as to what they mean. The re...more
Paul Weimer
The 36th century is a good time to be a human.

No, really. Wormhole technology and rapid technological advancement has made humans a pretty big player on the galactic stage. Sure, there are post-singularity beings floating about here and there, and a few species which do things that we humans don't understand, and some pugnacious species as well. Still, its been 1200 years since a threat capable of taking on the whole of the human race has emerged.

But when a retired and missing dream-fueled rel...more
I must have been a teenager the last time I read proper science fiction (you know, the stuff with spaceships and shit). I have no idea what stopped me reading science fiction then (I remain to this day deeply in touch with my childhood Doctor Who fan) and no real clue why I got it into my head to start reading it now. All I know is that Peter Hamilton seems a big name in British science fiction these days and so I thought I’d give him a whirl.

If I’m honest this isn’t the easiest book to write re...more
Hamilton es un autor que me encanta. Tiene una imaginación desbordante y el universo de la Federación es un escenario perfecto donde situar una novela de space opera de las que a mi me gustan.
Pero esta primera novela de la trilogía tiene un defecto importante a mi manera de ver. Sin spoilers: hay dos líneas narrativas: lo que está sucediendo en el año 3589 en los diferentes mundos de la Federación (con tramas geniales y personajes ya conocidos de su obra anterior, lo que ha provocado que a mi m...more
The Dreaming Void by Peter F Hamilton is the first in the 'Void Trilogy'.
It was the first book by him I had read and I was very impressed with it. It is set in the commonwealth universe, where he has based other books, in the far future (3580) and is a grand space opera.

I will not reiterate the plot as that is the point of the synopsis but I will say that at the beginning it feels like two books combined almost; a sci-fi with extremely advanced technology and a fantasy with physic powers. The re...more
Aug 30, 2010 Joshtafari rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people with beards
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If I was going to unfairly characterize British 'New Space Opera' writers Al Reynolds and Peter Hamilton, I would say that Reynolds will take a piece of technology and figure out ways it could horribly kill you, while Hamilton will try to figure out ways to get his rocks off. Case in point: I liked the character Araminta, in that I think her character was one of the few truly human perspectives we're able to get in Hamilton's near-singularity universe. My main criticism of the book is that Arami...more
Guillermo Azuarte

I didn't think I would enjoy this book. It had 2 strikes going against it before I even read a single page.

I came away from the Commonwealth Saga less than impressed. It was ok, it certainly wasn't bad or anything, but it wasn't my cup of green tea. It sounded great on paper, but I thought it was poorly executed at critical times and felt very bloated.

Upon reading the description on the book jacket: "At the very heart of th galaxy is the Void, a self-contained microuniverse that cannot be brea...more
David Roberts
I am reviewing the novel The Dreaming Void by Peter F Hamilton which is a very good book which I bought from a local secondhand bookstore. This is the 1st installment in the Void trilogy & is set approximately 1 millenium after the Commonwealth Saga but in the same universe. Mankind has inhabited over 1,000 worlds & the baddies in the previous saga have been wiped out. In this story the supposed giant blackhole in the centre of the galaxy which gives it, its spiral shape is in fact a voi...more
Apr 28, 2008 Chuckell added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no, especially not fans of this guy's earlier work.
There’s a certain kind of science fiction that’s pretty much indistinguishable from straight-up mages-and-maidens goofy fantasy.

Up until now, Peter F. Hamilton’s books generally seemed to advertise themselves as nice, solid hard sci-fi, especially the recent two-book “Commonwealth Saga,” in which the human race, having reached the stars via wormholes, finds itself in a desperate battle with the plausible, implacably inimical alien Prime. I devoured Pandora’s Star and found myself checking the s...more
Yulande Lindsay
Excellent. Peter F. Hamilton's fiction is complex both in terms of characterizations and technology or the science in the fiction, if you will. It should be difficult to follow, the science should be confusing, he has a myriad of characters whose stories will eventually intersect but for this first in the trilogy they each have their separate threads. Each is fascinating in its own way. The story is told in two distinct sections, the "real" action and then Inigo's Dreams. When the former is inte...more
Like most of Peter F. Hamilton's works, this one is huge in scope, with dozens of characters and about five or six concurrent plotlines that, for the most part, weave in and out of each other. You will want to have read his previous Pandora's Star series, as it ties into characters and concepts from those books.

But I always get hooked badly by his novels, unable to put them down and reading far later into the night than I intend. This one is no exception. Great storytelling.
The Dreaming Void is much in the vein of Hamilton's post-Greg Mandel work - that is a door-stop sized tome of space opera. The technical approach is also the same as the Night's Dawn Trilogy and the Commonwealth Saga; a large set of characters are introduced with very little apparent connection between them at the outset but as events proceed, those connections become more apparent.


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Allan Fisher
I really enjoyed this book when it got going. I think the dream sequences were my favourite - Fantasyesque...

Looking forward to the next two books. I will certainly be reading more Peter F Hamilton
Generally, I re-read all previous books in a series when I buy the next book. This means I've read The Dreaming Void three times. I like it as much now as I did the first time, but I find it just as complex.

The Dreaming Void takes place millennia after two other books (Pandora's Star, Judas Unchained) that I have not read. That backstory gives the book depth, but also sometimes leaves the reader keenly aware that he is not part of the inner circle. There's nothing technically wrong with Hamilton...more
El vacío de los sueños es el primer libro de la trilogía de Vacío. A su vez se sitúa unos 1200 años después de los acontecimientos que ocurren en "Judas desencadenado", de la anterior saga de la Federación (indispensable). Aunque esta saga es independiente a la de la Federación, su lectura diría que es casi obligatoria ya que nos encontramos con un mundo que en parte está condicionado por acontecimientos anteriores. Y además, gran parte de los personajes ya aparecen en las anteriores novelas y t...more
As is his reputation, Hamilton creates a huge universe, with lots of different viewpoints and characters. This is my first Hamilton novel, and I'm afraid what I have heard seems to be accurate. The Dreaming Void suffers from an absolutely glacial pace, full of long descriptions with little to no bearing on the story.

Characters are pretty thin. Science fiction ideas are decent, but nothing particularly original or particularly well done. The most interesting storyline is of the "young boy with un...more
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John Christensen
If there is anything Peter Hamilton excels at, its envisioning a far-future world and where and what humanity might be doing. And, even better, envisioning the conflict between what humanity could become and what they are. With this book, the first in a new trilogy, Hamilton presents the compelling world of the Commonwealth. It is incredibly interesting and engaging to read his vision of a future divided between people who have committed themselves to a collective, virtual intelligence, those th...more
Stuart Reid
This is my first real series by Peter F Hamilton, though I read "The Reality Dysfunction" some time ago without continuing to read the trilogy (I will return...)

I'll also add that I read for pleasure, and love series books and finding new authors whose back catalogs I can raid.

This hefty volume then is ideal for me. It falls unashamedly into the space-Opera sub-genre of science fiction... and I loved it!

Set in the far future it has a very utopian human race who have spread throughout the galax...more
Peter Hamilton is a new scp-fi writer for me and "The Dreamings Void" has been an excellent introduction. This dense, multilayered story is written with some beautiful prose and descriptions creating a future humanity on many colonized planets united or separated by different aspirations and beliefs.

There are alien species as well in this universe; humanity and some of these species are united in their observation of the void, an area of space that seems to defy the physics of the rest of the ga...more
Maybe I would have appreciated this more if I'd read the earlier books set in this "universe" (this is the first of a trilogy, so I didn't realize there were others.) It wasn't exactly boring, but it didn't call to me either. The chapters are very long and every other one is a dream sequence (really a separate linear storyline that doesn't seem to have anything to do with the main story until the last couple pages.) Much of the technology depicted is so far advanced that it verges on unbelievabl...more
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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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