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Publisher Description

The Reality Dysfunction is a modern classic of science fiction, an extraordinary feat of storytelling on a truly epic scale.
Space is not the only void. . .

In AD 2600 the human race is finally beginning to realize its full potential. Hundreds of colonized planets scattered across the galaxy host a multitude of prosperous and wildly diverse cultures. Genetic engineering has pushed evolution far beyond nature's boundaries, defeating disease and producing extraordinary spaceborn creatures. Huge fleets of sentient trader starships thrive on the wealth created by the industrialization of entire star systems. And throughout inhabited space the Confederation Navy keeps the peace. A true golden age is within our grasp.

But now something has gone catastrophically wrong. On a primitive colony planet a renegade criminal's chance encounter with an utterly alien entity unleashes the most primal of all our fears. An extinct race which inhabited the galaxy aeons ago called it "The Reality Dysfunction." It is the nightmare which has prowled beside us since the beginning of history.

Sci-Fi & Fantasy
October 8
Hachette Digital, Inc.

Customer Reviews

Passepartout ,

If you like Byzantine, epic space opera — look no further

This is the book that got me into Peter F Hamilton (I recommend all his series). Most of his books are set in the interstellar "Commonwealth" but the setting for this series is simultaneously more conventional (spaceships rather than interstellar trains) and strange (undead?!). It's a huge, sprawling story with a huge caste of characters and a pretty intriguing premise. Highly recommended.

StarshipAI ,


i strongly recommend that you DO NOT read the descriptions of the second or third book. too much is revealed. reading this book without knowing what is going on is absolutely the way to go. space opera at its finest.

Aikidoman777 ,

A Bio-Mechanical Affair

This book is full of tech, less compelling physics and characters who need significant development. The pace is relatively consistent if somewhat slow, the world-building reasonably interesting. Many scenes are very dark and full of intrigue and sex ....but in my view the book simply doesn't deliver enough victory to make the darker elements worth the pain. For the genre this book is average. While I tend to finish trilogies I think book two will wait...possibly forever.

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