COVER LAUNCH: PETER F. HAMILTON'S VOID TRILOGY
27 August 2012
By Rosanna Boscawen
The publication of PETER F. HAMILTON'S new book GREAT NORTH ROAD is getting ever closer. If, like all of us at team Tor, you're finding it hard to wait until September, then we've got some visuals to make the time pass a little quicker. Following publication of the THE EVOLUTIONARY VOID in Peter's current cover style, artist STEVE STONE and in-house designer Neil Lang have now gone back and created fantastic new covers for reissues of the first two books in the Void trilogy, THE DREAMING VOID and THE TEMPORAL VOID. This means the three book are now showing a wonderful and unified look to cement them together visually. These will be published, with GREAT NORTH ROAD, on 27th September. With no further ado, here they are, all together. Enjoy!
It’s AD 3580 and the Intersolar Commonwealth has spread throughout the galaxy. Its citizens are privileged and protected by a powerful navy. Yet at the centre of this galaxy is the Void, a sealed universe created by aliens billions of years ago. And the Void is far from inert. Its expansion has gradually been consuming nearby star systems – now it’s trying to make contact. The Void chooses Inigo as its conduit, and he channels dreams of a simpler life within its bounds. Disaffected humanity hungers for this vision, adopting him as their prophet. But Inigo disappears and his followers instigate a pilgrimage to take them into the Void itself, an act that could trigger its expansion and thereby damage our galaxy beyond repair. Meanwhile, within the Void, a junior constable called Edeard begins his journey to greatness. He takes on his corrupt city, giving his people hope. He also becomes the focus of Inigo’s dream – and thereby humanity’s greatest hero.
The Intersolar Commonwealth is in turmoil as the Living Dream’s deadline for launching its Pilgrimage into the Void draws closer. Not only is the Ocisen Empire fleet fast approaching on a mission of genocide, but also an internecine war has broken out between the post-human factions over the destiny of humanity.
Countering the various and increasingly desperate agents and factions is Paula Myo, a ruthlessly single-minded investigator, beset by foes from her distant past and colleagues of dubious allegiance...but she is fast losing a race against time. At the heart of all this is Edeard the Waterwalker, who once lived a long time ago deep inside the Void. He is the messiah of Living Dream, and visions of his life are shared by, and inspire billions of humans. It is his glorious, captivating story that is the driving force behind Living Dream’s Pilgrimage, a force that is too strong to be thwarted. As Edeard nears his final victory the true nature of the Void is finally revealed.
Millions of Leaving Dream pilgrims are on board their immense ultra-drive ships, heading towards – and into – the Void at the heart of the galaxy. There they expect to live perfect lives in a perfectable world, but the cost of this perfection could not be greater. Among those who will do anything and everything to prevent the pilgrims entering the Void is the genius recluse Ozzie, who’s not quite the man he used to be – if he’s a man at all; Gore Burnelli, the oldest and most influential human being alive; the Delivery Man, a one-time faction agent with devastating firepower at his disposal; and the legendary Paula Myo, the Commonwealth’s ruthless, unstoppable field operative. They must succeed if the galaxy is to survive and, needless to say, time is running out . . .