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[By Nic Lindh on Sunday, 23 October 2005]

Review: Pandora’s Star

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.

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