By Peter F. Hamilton
Reviewers exhaust superlatives in terms of the technology fiction of Peter F. Hamilton. His advanced and interesting novels, which span hundreds of thousands of years–and light-years–are as intellectually stimulating as they're emotionally gratifying. Now, with The Dreaming Void, the 1st quantity in a trilogy set within the comparable far-future as his acclaimed Commonwealth saga, Hamilton has created one other bold and gripping house epic.
The yr is 3589, fifteen hundred years after Commonwealth forces slightly staved off human extinction in a struggle opposed to the alien major. Now a good larger possibility has surfaced: a risk to the life of the universe itself.
At the very middle of the galaxy is the Void, a self-contained microuniverse that can't be breached, can't be destroyed, and can't be stopped because it gradually expands in all instructions, eating every thing in its course: planets, stars, civilizations. The Void has existed for untold hundreds of thousands of years. Even the oldest and so much technologically complicated of the galaxy’s sentient races, the Raiel, have no idea its beginning, its makers, or its purpose.
yet then Inigo, an astrophysicist learning the Void, starts off dreaming of people who dwell inside of it. Inigo’s goals show an international during which innovations develop into activities and desires develop into truth. contained in the Void, Inigo sees paradise. thank you to the gaiafield, a neural entanglement stressed into such a lot people, Inigo’s goals are shared by way of 1000's of millions–and a faith, the residing Dream, is born, with Inigo as its prophet. yet then he vanishes.
without warning there's a new wave of desires. desires broadcast via an unknown moment Dreamer function the foundation for an enormous Pilgrimage into the Void. yet there's a likelihood that by means of trying to input the Void, the pilgrims will set off a catastrophic growth, an sped up devourment section that might swallow up hundreds of thousands of worlds.
And hence starts a determined race to discover Inigo and the mysterious moment Dreamer. a few search to avoid the Pilgrimage; others to pace its progress–while in the Void, a ultimate entity has became its gaze, for the 1st time, outward. . . .
From the Hardcover edition.