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The Confederation Handbook (Confederation Universe)

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  527 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
The essential companion and guide to the diverse elements of the massive universe Peter F. Hamilton created in his awesome 'Night's Dawn Trilogy'.
Paperback, 231 pages
Published October 1st 2001 by Pan MacMillan (first published 2000)
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May 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 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
Aug 07, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Only for fans.
Mar 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi
“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
Robert C.
Oct 20, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
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
Feb 10, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf
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 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.
Jun 28, 2015 rated it liked it
Very in depth descriptions of all societies, and places that are used in the confederation novels.
Sarah Hartley
Jan 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
sorry no time to review just yet
Joshua Sherlock
Jan 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good summary of confederation universe

A good summary of the confederation universe. Provides a catch up and overview for those that have had a break between books.
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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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