Critics have compared the engrossing space operas of Peter F. Hamilton to the classic sagas of such SF giants as Isaac Asimov and Frank Herbert. But Hamilton's bestselling fiction-powered by a fearless imagination and world-class storytelling skills-has also earned him comparison to Tolstoy and Dickens. Hugely ambitious, wildly entertaining, philosophically stimulating: the novels of Peter F. Hamilton will change the way you think about science fiction. Now, with Pandora's Star, he begins a new multivolume adventure, one that promises to be his most mind-blowing yet.
The year is 2380. The Intersolar Commonwealth, a sphere of stars some 400 light-years in diameter, contains more than 600 worlds, interconnected by a web of transport "tunnels" known as wormholes. At the farthest edge of the Commonwealth, astronomer Dudley Bose observes the impossible: Over 1,000 light-years away, a star…vanishes. It does not go supernova. It does not collapse into a black hole. It simply disappears. Since the location is too distant to reach by wormhole, a faster-than-light starship, the Second Chance, is dispatched to learn what has occurred and whether it represents a threat. In command is Wilson Kime, a five-time rejuvenated ex-NASA pilot whose glory days are centuries behind him.
Opposed to the mission are the Guardians of Selfhood, a cult that believes the human race is being manipulated by an alien entity they call the Starflyer. Bradley Johansson, leader of the Guardians, warns of sabotage, fearing the Starflyer means to use the starship's mission for its own ends.
Pursued by a Commonwealth special agent convinced the Guardians are crazy but dangerous, Johansson flees. But the danger is not averted. Aboard the Second Chance, Kime wonders if his crew has been infiltrated. Soon enough, he will have other worries. A thousand light-years away, something truly incredible is waiting: a deadly discovery, the unleashing of which will threaten to destroy the Commonwealth…and humanity itself.
Could it be that Johansson was right?
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A great book, destroyed by a horrible narrator
Pandoras Star is a science fiction story of epic proportions. The story is deep and complex, and the characters seem real. I have read the physical copy of this book several times, and I have oved every page. Unfortunately, the narrator is horrible. All of the characters sound the same, many times I have wondered who is talking. While the male characters sound ok, the women do not. The female characters literally sound like men (no joke!). If another narrator had read this book, then I would say get it. But I recomend just getting a hard copy. The only reason I gave the book 4 stars is because the story is so good.
all the in-depth sci-fi you could ever want
Peter Hamilton constructs a wonderfully complex universe that is unique and avoids common sci-fi cliches. He uses multiple stories lines that run at the same time which always leaves you interested. The story-telling is engaging. The only thing is that you are obligated to read the even longer sequel to find any resolve. As far as the narrator for the audiobook goes, he may be rather monotone, but it never really bothered me as I was focused on what he was saying rather than how he said it. Highly recommended.
Sci-Fi at its best!
This is one of those rare books that, when completed, leaves you bitter due to the fat that this, is not the universe you live in. Compelling characters, along with an engrossing, imaginitive storyline. This is a must read for any fan of science fiction.