The Dreaming Void

The Dreaming Void

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Reviewers exhaust superlatives when it comes to the science fiction of Peter F. Hamilton. His complex and engaging novels, which span thousands of years–and light-years–are as intellectually stimulating as they are emotionally fulfilling. Now, with The Dreaming Void, the eagerly awaited first volume in a new trilogy set in the same far-future as his acclaimed Commonwealth saga, Hamilton has created his most ambitious and gripping space epic yet.

The year is 3589, fifteen hundred years after Commonwealth forces barely staved off human extinction in a war against the alien Prime. Now an even greater danger has surfaced: a threat to the existence of the universe itself.
At the very heart of the galaxy is the Void, a self-contained microuniverse that cannot be breached, cannot be destroyed, and cannot be stopped as it steadily expands in all directions, consuming everything in its path: planets, stars, civilizations. The Void has existed for untold millions of years. Even the oldest and most technologically advanced of the galaxy’s sentient races, the Raiel, do not know its origin, its makers, or its purpose.

But then Inigo, an astrophysicist studying the Void, begins dreaming of human beings who live within it. Inigo’s dreams reveal a world in which thoughts become actions and dreams become reality. Inside the Void, Inigo sees paradise. Thanks to the gaiafield, a neural entanglement wired into most humans, Inigo’s dreams are shared by hundreds of millions–and a religion, the Living Dream, is born, with Inigo as its prophet. But then he vanishes.

Suddenly there is a new wave of dreams. Dreams broadcast by an unknown Second Dreamer serve as the inspiration for a massive Pilgrimage into the Void. But there is a chance that by attempting to enter the Void, the pilgrims will trigger a catastrophic expansion, an accelerated devourment phase that will swallow up thousands of worlds.

And thus begins a desperate race to find Inigo and the mysterious Second Dreamer. Some seek to prevent the Pilgrimage; others to speed its progress–while within the Void, a supreme entity has turned its gaze, for the first time, outward. . . .

Baker & Taylor
At the center of the galaxy is the Dreaming Void, an artificial black hole that may hold paradise within its walls. When a human named Inigo begins dreaming of what lies within the Void, the word spreads, triggering a religious pilgrimage into the Void and possibly a catastrophic expansion that threatens the peace of the Commonwealth Universe.

Blackwell North Amer
The year is 3589, fifteen hundred years after Commonwealth forces barely staved off human extinction in a war against the alien Prime. Now an even greater danger has surfaced: a threat to the existence of the universe itself.
At the very heart of the galaxy is the Void, a self-contained microuniverse that cannot be breached, cannot be destroyed, and cannot be stopped as it steadily expands in all directions, consuming everything in its path: planets, stars, civilizations. The Void has existed for untold millions of years. Even the oldest and most technologically advanced of the galaxy's sentient races, the Raiel, do not know its origin, its makers, or its purpose.
But then Inigo, an astrophysicist studying the Void, begins dreaming of human beings who live within it. Inigo's dreams reveal a world in which thoughts become actions and dreams become reality. Inside the Void, Inigo sees paradise. Thanks to the gaiafield, a neural entanglement wired into most humans, Inigo's dreams are shared by hundreds of millions - and a religion, the Living Dream, is born, with Inigo as its prophet. But then he vanishes.
Suddenly there is a new wave of dreams. Dreams broadcast by an unknown Second Dreamer serve as the inspiration for a massive Pilgrimage into the Void. But there is a chance that by attempting to enter the Void, the pilgrims will trigger a catastrophic expansion, an accelerated devourment phase that will swallow up thousands of worlds.
And thus begins a desperate race to find Inigo and the mysterious Second Dreamer. Some seek to prevent the Pilgrimage, others to speed its progress - while within the Void, a supreme entity has turned its gaze, for the first time, outward...

Baker
& Taylor

In a high-tech, far future world, a great mystery remains, what lies inside the Void, a massive black hole lying at the center of the Intersolar Commonwealth universe and an area of space from which mysterious dreams are being projected that are transforming the lives of those who experience them, in the first volume in a new trilogy by the author of Pandora's Star. 60,000 first printing.
In a high-tech, far future world, the Void, a massive black hole lying at the center of the Intersolar Commonwealth universe, projects dreams that are transforming the lives of those who experience them.

Publisher: New York : Del Rey/Ballantine Books, 2008
ISBN: 9780345496539
0345496531
Branch Call Number: SF HAMILTON
Characteristics: 630 p.

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PATRICK FINNEY
Feb 07, 2012

A nicely developed, complex sci-fi world interwoven with alternating chapters involving fairly classic fantasy world. Generally very well written, with interesting characters. The science is innovative and the politics are very well done. My only criticism is that the characters (as with most of space opera) tend to be so goal oriented that they come off a little two- dimensional. I will grant, however, that it would be exceedingly hard to explore the subtle internal conflicts of such a huge cast of characters. A great start to what I hope is a fun series!

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Danny007
May 18, 2011

Brilliant start to the trilogy. Has the signature feel of "Hamilton" for those who have read him before. Most annoying thing is having to wait so long for the next step.

gwsuperfan Dec 31, 2010

The Universe Peter Hamilton envisions is detailed and complex, making this novel difficult to wrap your head around if you have not read his previous novels. Nonetheless, The Dreaming Void is a Sci-Fi masterpiece, and provides a solid foundation for a great trilogy.

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stuvw27
Sep 08, 2010

Bah!
Junk!
The mighty Hamilton has fallen.

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