This Thursday sees the paperback release of Peter F. Hamilton's fantastic short story collection, Manhattan in Reverse. To whet your appetite, we have a specially selected short story available for you to read here - If at First.

In 1998 Peter F. Hamilton, the master of space opera and top ten bestselling author, published his first collection of short stories in A Second Chance at Eden. Thirteen years later he returns to short fiction with a new collection. This includes ‘Manhattan in Reverse,’ an original story featuring Hamilton’s popular detective Paula Myo, from his bestselling Commonwealth series.

From ‘Watching Trees Grow’ and a murder mystery set in an alternative Oxford in the 1800s, to ‘The Forever Kitten’ and the questions of eternal youth and the sacrifice required to pursue this, these stories deal with intricate themes and sociological issues. They take an intriguing look at what it is it that makes us enduringly human.

With all his usual wonderfully imagined futuristic technology, complex characters and brilliantly conceived storytelling, Peter F. Hamilton shows yet again what makes him Britain’s number one science fiction writer.


Praise for Manhattan in Reverse

‘Each short story has enough ideas for a whole novel’

Ken Follett

‘Impressive . . . a collection of truly well-written and engaging short science fiction stories'


‘The first thing I did when I finished the book was to turn back to the beginning . . . and re-read the stories’