Out on 25 July 2019

A Second Chance at Eden

Peter F. Hamilton

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25 July 2019
512 pages

A Second Chance at Eden includes a novella and six short stories, showing Peter F. Hamilton’s great talents at work. The author presents us with a hugely compelling mixture of action, plot twists, human dilemmas, imagined technologies and extraordinary new cultures. Ken Follett called Hamilton ‘the owner of the most powerful imagination in science fiction’. The Times has also called his work ‘compulsively readable and abundantly full of ideas’. So this collection will be a treat for both existing fans and new readers yet to sample one of Hamilton’s longer novels. Here’s more detail on what’s included:

Sonnie's Edge: Contests to the death between constructed monsters have become all the rage, controlled via human affinity bonds. Sonnie's team is particularly successful at this ‘beastie-baiting’ . . . but then her monster, 'Khanivore', has one special advantage.

A Second Chance at Eden: Eden is a bitek habitat orbiting Jupiter, mining the fusion fuel on which Earth is dependent. It is also a mini-nation of radical politics and even more radical technology. Then its creator is murdered in full view of the whole population, but nobody can identify the perpetrator – or the motive.

New Days Old Times: Settlers came to the planet Nyvan hoping for freedom, and an escape from Earthbound hatreds. However, although environments may change, human nature does not . . .

Candy Buds: The crime-lord Laurus rules Kariwak with an iron fist. He also controls the bitek trade with an obsessive zeal. But when an astonishing new substance appears on the streets, virtual reality takes on an entirely new dimension.

Deathday: On a desolate planet, a man wages an obsessive campaign of retribution. His target is the last survivor of an alien race – yet vengeance can cut both ways.

The Lives and Loves of Tiarella Rosa: A grand passion spans two generations of women. . . but can it endure beyond? The full effects of future technology and human longevity produce moving and unexpected results.

Escape Route: The starship Lady Macbeth encounters a long-abandoned alien spacecraft, with its crew missing. But where did they go? And is the craft as empty as it seems?

A fun read


An excellent collection of short SF set in one of the most thoroughly-realised SF settings ever created


The shining star for me is the novella A Second Chance at Eden as it runs at just the right pace and is the perfect length to keep you trapped and awake at night as you race towards the end to find out who did it and why