By Peter F. Hamilton
A huge selection of brief fiction from Peter F. Hamilton, manhattan instances bestselling writer of Pandora’s superstar, The Dreaming Void, and lots of different epic technology fiction novels—including a brand-new novella starring detective Paula Myo
Fans of the Commonwealth Saga will benefit from the go back of Paula Myo, the genetically engineered police investigator whose single-minded pursuit of justice runs up opposed to a postwar citizenry desirous to disregard outdated crimes. within the all-new novella “Manhattan in Reverse,” Paula is dispatched to the backwoods planet of Menard after a docile, supposedly nonintelligent alien species assaults peaceable human settlers. Menard can have to be evacuated—something the planet’s company proprietors and human population are ready to withstand . . . might be with certain aggression.
Violence hits toward domestic in “The Demon Trap” within which Paula’s research of a ugly act of terrorism leads into unforeseen political, technological, and philosophical waters, threatening the process human evolution.
Time shuttle hasn't ever been so tricky—or so deadly—as it truly is in “If firstly . . .,” during which Metropolitan Police detective David Lanson reveals himself matching wits with a sociopath who may rather well be from the long run . . . or, at the least, a future.
“Blessed by means of an Angel” is decided within the Commonwealth Universe of the Void trilogy and contours an alien customer who bargains the neighborhood human inhabitants an opportunity at paradise. yet one species’ paradise could be another’s hell.
Three different exciting items around out the collection—and exhibit Peter F. Hamilton’s skill to weave medical hypothesis into very human storytelling.
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