Pandora's Star

Pandora's Star

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Baker & Taylor
When the arrival of human colonists in a faraway system unleashes a race of aliens formerly imprisoned within a giant force field, the aliens, having fought for centuries over scarce resources, turn to human space to fulfill their wants.

Blackwell North Amer
It is 2380 and humanity has colonized over six hundred planets, all interlinked by wormholes. With Earth at its centre, the Intersolar Commonwealth has grown into a quiet, wealthy society, where rejuvenation allows its citizens to live for centuries.
When astronomer Dudley Bose observes a star over a thousand light years away vanish, imprisoned inside a force field of immense size, the Commonwealth is anxious to discover what actually happened. As conventional wormholes can't reach that far, they must build the first faster-than-light starship. Captained by Wilson Kime, an ex-NASA astronaut a little too eager to relive his old glory days, the Second Chance sets off on its historic voyage of discovery.

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& Taylor

When the twenty-fourth-century arrival of human colonists in a faraway system unleashes a race of aliens formerly imprisoned within a giant force field, the aliens, having fought for centuries over scarce resources, turn to human space to fulfill their wants. By the author of The Reality Dysfunction and Fallen Dragon.

Publisher: New York : Del Rey, 2004
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780345461629
0345461622
Characteristics: 758 p. ; 25 cm

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mvkramer Nov 30, 2014

This book is a complex, long, space epic that takes a while to get started -- but once it does, boy does it move! Peter Hamilton does a great job with worldbuilding: a multi-planet human commonwealth bound together by wormholes, "rejuvenation" technology that lets people live for centuries, mysterious aliens that have built mystical "paths" between worlds, entire star systems contained in enigmatic force fields. Some plotlines are a bit slow and bloated, but the real science fiction elements - exploring mysterious star systems and dealing with potentially hostile aliens - are very interesting.

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dr4x0n
Jun 18, 2012

This is a massively long epic of a tale that goes into great detail about an alien species that we want to find out about, but they have other plans for us. Peter F Hamilton has done some serious research into writing this great book.

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zenonbudzey
Feb 08, 2011

Great story-telling, what more can I say? I wasn't really into sci-fi but this book gave me a mind-orgasm. The plot can be slow at times due to tons of description, but it's not so much about what happens as the Journey - letting all the description take you into Peter Hamilton's futuristic universe...

If you like it there's a sequel called "Judas Unchained," and after that you can read Peter Hamilton's 'Void' trilogy for hours upon hours of quality fantasy escapism.

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