Peter F. Hamilton’s Pandora’s Star is one of the most impressive science fiction novels of the decade … a huge, sprawling epic.
The basic premise is that in the near future, technology has made two major breakthroughs: Wormhole technology, which allows for instant travel and the colonization of the galaxy, and rejuvenation, which makes everybody near-immortal. These technologies result in the creation of a near-utopia.
However, this utopia, and humanity itself, becomes threatened by an implacable nemesis.
With excellent characterizations, believable and well-thought-out technological advances, complex aliens, and a plot that takes its time, Pandora’s Star is the current gold standard for epic science fiction.
The one drawback is that the novel ends in a cliff hanger, and the next installment is not due until February 28, 2006, so if you want immediate closure, you may want to wait until then to begin this saga.
Includes Hollywood Dead, Tales from the Loop, Things from the Flood, The Court of Broken Knives, and Port of Shadows.
Nic has a retinal tear and has his vision is saved by a laser.
Includes The Storm Before the Storm, White Trash, Calypso, Tell the Machine Goodnight, Prince of Fools, and Provenance.
The Internet tells Nic to install Ubiquiti gear in his house, so he does, and now he has thoughts.
What I wish I’d known when I started podcasting.
Nic starts a new podcast about—gasp!—American sports.
Mostly excellent non-fiction in this installment. Includes Fantasyland, The Miracle of Dunkirk, Das Reich, The Undoing Project, Waiting for the Punch, Vacationland and Points of Impact.