A nightmare with no end...?
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.
My god what an awesome book. I had sooooo much trouble putting this one down, and the ideas he hasfor genetic engineering is just incredible, I want an affinity bond, especially with a voidhawk (If this has you wondering you just have to read the book).
The only gripe I have (and it's a small one) is that the enemy in this stretches my immagination just a fraction too far.
Otherwise an incredible book and I can't wait to read the rest.
Simply stunning. A vision of the future in which mankind has made astounding advances, and yet still finds out more terrifying secrets of the universe. Without the proper knowledge to combat the effects, and still lacking the maturity to understand these events, mankind may be on the brink of destruction.
I found this one to be an interesting twist on the nature of ghosts, reincarnation and the true nature of the afterlife. It offered a psuedo-scientific theory as to the 'real' nature of reality that gives both raises my interest, and give me a sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach... frankly, if this IS what awaits us, I have found a reason to fear mortal death.
After a chance encounter with Peter's 'A Second Chance at Eden' I have been an avid fan of his work. It's a blend of dark future, post-war era, mega-corps run by the digitised minds of the dead, where the byte is king.
Overall: Cyberpunk at it's very best. Easily on par with Gibson at his best.
Random listing from 'Books'...
The first book of the His Darkest Materials Trilogy.
When Lyra's friend Roger disappears, she and her daemon, Pantalaimon, set out to find him. They travel to the ice kingdoms of the North, where armored bears rule and witch-queens fly through frozen skies. Lyra possesses a device that will aid their quest - if she can decipher its mysterious messages. But it knows terrifying secrets about their journey, and the dangers that await them in worlds far beyond their own.
Adapted into the feature film - "The Golden Compass"
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