Out on 25 July 2019

Manhattan in Reverse

Peter F. Hamilton

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25 July 2019
272 pages

In this collection, Peter F. Hamilton creates an array of vividly-described societies, complex characters and multi-layered plotlines. He draws you into captivating worlds, moving between stories featuring alternate history, time travel, thriller elements, extended lifespans, political satire and more.

‘Manhattan in Reverse’ features the author’s popular detective Paula Myo, from his bestselling Commonwealth books. Other stories include ‘Watching Trees Grow’ – a murder mystery set in an alternative 1800s Oxford – and ‘The Forever Kitten’. This questions eternal youth and the sacrifices required to pursue it. These selections take an intriguing look at what it is it that makes us all human. And with all his usual brilliantly conceived storytelling, Peter F. Hamilton shows yet again what makes him one of Britain's foremost science fiction writers.

Here’s a full list of the entertaining and varied short fiction within this volume:

Watching Trees Grow
If at First. . .
The Forever Kitten
Blessed by an Angel
The Demon Trap
Manhattan in Reverse

A rare collection from one of sci-fi’s more engaging storytellers

Sunday Telegraph

Hamilton is often associated with space operas unusual even in that genre for both scale and mass; one of the best stories here, “Watching Trees Grow”, depicts the human race’s expansion out from its home world as the background to an immortal Javert’s inexorable solution to a whodunit. He also usefully reminds us that it is possible for people of somewhat conservative views to be humane; the title story is an effective puzzle concluding in a moral point that does not only apply to alien planets


The collection’s highpoint is the excelled novella “Watching Tress Grow”, set in an alternate reality in which Rome never fell and most citizens are immortal