Long ago, a human astrophysicist, Inigo, began dreaming scenes from the life of a remarkable human being named Edeard, who lived within the Void, a self-contained microuniverse at the heart of the galaxy. There, under the beneficent gaze of mysterious godlike entities, humans possessed uncanny psychic abilities, and Edeards were the strongest of all. Equally strong was his determination to bring justice and freedom to a world terrorized by criminal violence and corruption.
Inigos inspirational dreams, shared by hundreds of millions throughout the galaxy - spanning gaiafield, gave birth to a religion Living Dream. But when the appearance of a Second Dreamer seemed to trigger the expansion of the Void an expansion that is devouring everything in its path the Intersolar Commonwealth was thrown into turmoil. With the adherents of Living Dream determined to set forth on a dangerous pilgrimage into the Void, interstellar war threatens to erupt.
With time running out, the fate of humanity hinges on a handful of people. There is Araminta, only now awakening to the unwelcome fact that she is the mysterious Second Dreamer and to the dire responsibilities that go with it; Inigo, whose private dreams hint at a darker truth behind Edeards legendary life; Paula Myo, the ruthless field operative of the Commonwealth, whose search for Araminta and Inigo is about to yield a most unpleasant surprise; and Justine, whose desperate gamble places her within the Void, where the godlike Skylords hold the power to save the universe . . . or destroy it.
"Fusing elements of hard SF with adventure fantasy tropes, Hamilton has singlehandedly raised the bar for grand-scale speculative storytelling." - Publishers Weekly.
"Huge and, particularly in the case of Edeard's saga, much flabbier than its predecessor, but still addictive enough that fans will stick around for the conclusion. " - Kirkus Reviews.
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Peter F. Hamilton was born in Rutland, England in 1960. He began writing in 1987, and sold his first short story to Fear magazine in 1988. He has also been published in Interzone and the In Dreams and New Worlds anthologies, and several small press publications. His first novel was Mindstar Rising, published in 1993, and he has been steadily productive since then.
Peter lives near Rutland Water with his wife Kate, daughter Sophie and son Felix.
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