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Peter F. Hamilton
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10. Mai 2012
Kurzgeschichtensammlung des meistverkauften SF-Autors weltweit. Der Meister der Space Opera zeigt die ganze Bandbreite seines Könnens. Ob in der geheimnisvollen Mordgeschichte, die in einem alternativen Oxford um 1800 spielt oder in einer brandneuen Story über Paula Mayo, Deputy Director of the Intersolar Commonwealths Serious Crimes Directorate. Peter F. Hamilton in Bestform!

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  • Taschenbuch: 259 Seiten
  • Verlag: Pan Macmillan (10. Mai 2012)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0330522205
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330522205
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 2 x 12,8 x 19,3 cm
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Der Engländer Peter F. Hamilton wurde 1960 in Rutland geboren. Seine Schriftstellerkarriere gewann an Fahrt, als er mit 28 Jahren eine Kurzgeschichte an das "Fear Magazine" verkaufen konnte. Nach seinen ersten drei Romanen, die ab 1993 veröffentlicht wurden, verschrieb er sich der Space Opera. Berühmt wurde er spätestens mit seinem "Armageddon"-Zyklus, der Ende der 1990er-Jahre erschien. Heute zählt er weltweit zu den bekanntesten Science-Fiction-Autoren - und in Großbritannien zu den am besten verdienenden. Hamilton besuchte keine Universität und besorgt sich die Hintergrundinformationen für seine Bücher u. a. durch das Magazin "New Scientist" oder durch populärwissenschaftliche Literatur. Er lebt mit seiner Frau und seinen Kindern weiterhin in Rutland.

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Peter F. Hamilton was born in Rutland in 1960, and still lives near Rutland Water. He began writing in 1987 and sold his first short story to Fear magazine in 1988. He has also been published in Interzone and the In Dreams and New Worlds anthologies, and in several small-press publications. His previous novel-length works are all available from Pan Macmillan.

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Nette neue Geschichten vom Meister.

Sehr unterhaltsam und nette Blickwinkel auf "Bekanntes" sind dabei. Hamilton könnte und sollte in seinen Universen noch hunderte solcher Geschichten schreiben!
Leider fehlt der einen oder anderen Geschichte etwas die Rafinesse der grossen Reihen, dieses fesselnde "unglaublich, wo hat er das her"-Gefühl kommt manchmal nicht so richtig auf. Das war z.B. beim letzten dicken Band der Armageddon-Serie (2te Chance auf Eden) besser, wo er noch einen Band Kurzgeschichten hinterhergelegt hat (im Film würde man sagen: deleted scenes): die waren richtig originell.
Aber das ist das Wesen von Kurzgeschichten, denen die Komplexität meist fehlen muss.

Trotzdem empfehle ich den Band ohne Vorbehalte...ich hab ihn sogar auf englisch gelesen, trotzdem die anderen alle auf D waren.
Man darf nur nicht einen sättigenden Nachschlag einer der grossen Reihen erwarten...es ist eher wie ein Telefonat, nachdem man die Leute schon persönlich kennengelernt hat: toll, Dich zu lesen, aber hoffentlich sehen wir uns bald mal wieder.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Nicht seine Stärke 3. November 2013
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Kann man lesen - aber nur wenn man die Pandora-Duologie kennt. Mein Eindruck war, das es einfach nicht seine Stärke ist etwas kurzgeschichtenmässig auf den Punkt zu bringen - insbesondere weil zum Teil Pandora-Wissen vorausgesetzt wird und gerade deswegen oder trotzdem eben kein Aha-Effekt aufkommt - eben will man seinen Zukunftsentwurf schon kennt. Die Geschichte Manhattan in Reverse hat man schon 100mal besser gelesen - deshalb fast nur zwei Sterne
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Für alle die Ihn kennen ... 25. Dezember 2012
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Ein sehr schönes Buch bei dem man wieder einmal das Commonwealth besuchen kann aber auch neue Welten findet um Sie zu entdecken.

Perfekt für alle welche die Commonwealth Saga schon kennen.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen An effective and interesting short story collection 16. Oktober 2011
Von A. Whitehead - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Best-known for his immense doorstoppers, Peter F. Hamilton is also an experienced writer of SF short stories. Manhattan in Reverse is his second collection of short fiction, collecting together seven stories published over the last eleven years. Unlike his first collection, A Second Chance at Eden, where the stories were all set in the same universe, this time around the fiction is not linked by any theme or setting.

First up is Watching Trees Grow, previously a stand-alone novella published by PS Publishing. The novella is a riff on one of Hamilton's favourite subgenres, the SF mystery thriller, this time set in an alternate history where the pace of technological development was much faster than in real life and there are electric cars on the streets of Oxford in the early 19th Century. A murder takes place and one man becomes obsessed with tracking down the killer...even if it takes centuries. An effective and clever story, riffing on traditional SF tropes about extended lifespans, alternate timelines and technological development.

Footvote is a political satire, in which a politician opens a wormhole to another planet, allowing people to escape from early 21st Century Britain to make a fresh start, but will only allow a narrow definition of people through, resulting in social unrest. One family is torn apart in the resulting chaos. It's an interesting story about escaping responsibility for your actions, but suffers from having some quite dated references already (Gordon Brown as British PM etc). There is a nice line in humour, though, with the constitution for the new planet (which bans traffic wardens from emigrating) apparently designed with Daily Mail readers in mind.

If at First can be seen as a bit of a dry run for a certain storyline in The Evolutionary Void. In this story a police detective finds himself pursuing a criminal and is inadvertently sent back in time to an earlier point in his own timeline. Given the chance to 'start again', he uses his immense knowledge of future events (and future hit pop songs) to build himself a fortune, only to forget his original purpose. It's a funny time travel story with a bleak, but not entirely undeserved, conclusion.

The Forever Kitten feels like Hamilton setting himself an impossible challenge: writing a story in just 1,000 words (or 1/450th the length of The Naked God) for a magazine article. He pulls it off, with a frankly disturbing finale that could bear revisiting in a longer story or novel.

The book is rounded off by three stories set in his Commonwealth setting: Blessed by an Angel is scene-setting stuff for the Void Trilogy, establishing the tensions between the Higher and Advancer cultures and also providing family backstory for a major character from that series. The Demon Trap is the best story in the collection, pitting Paula Myo against an opponent who goes to immense lengths to avoid capture, but who in the end cannot escape responsibility for his actions. Manhattan in Reverse again features Myo, this time investigating an anomalous series of events on a frontier planet flooded with refugees from the Starflyer War. It's effective and entertaining - Myo is rapidly becoming Hamilton's signature character and is one of the better-realised female protagonists of recent SF - but the ending is a little too neat.

Overall, this is an effective and varied collection, with Hamilton revisiting some established themes (longevity, the notion of political responsibility and time travel) and, intriguingly, exploring some ideas that would later come to fruition in the Commonwealth and Void novels. If the collection has a problem, it's that it's way too short: Hamilton has a significant number of pre-2000, non-Confederation short stories that did not appear in A Second Chance at Eden and I was hoping they'd be included here (including - fascinatingly - two collaborations with Graham Joyce and a Greg Mandel novella). Instead we only get seven stories, resulting in a hardcover that is only 260 pages long. Sure, the content is what matters and these seven stories are all at least interesting, but the missing of the opportunity to make the collection more extensive and exhaustive is somewhat frustrating.

But based on what does make it in, Manhattan in Reverse (****) is a solid enough collection of readable, clever and thought-provoking stories from an author who is as comfortable with the short form as he is the half-million-word mega-novel.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Not as impressive as his novels 12. Oktober 2011
Von M-I-K-E 2theD - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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As a fan of the Commonwealth Series and the Void Trilogy, I was eager to grab an early edition of Manhattan in Reverse to quench my thirst for Hamilton's style of science fiction- wordy, descriptive and all-encompassing. Indeed, some of the stories in this 7-story collection uphold some the prior values, but the lack the sort of characterization which I fondly recall when the reading the five books mentioned in the opening sentence, a skill I thought which Hamilton was especially adept at. Unfortunately, Hamilton was unable to infiltrate characterization into these morsels of science fiction (it's a common symptom of short fiction, I know). Regardless, none of the stories fall flat on its face and all the conclusions leave the reader with something to ponder. It may not be varied at Banks' The State of the Art or as technologically wonderful as Reynolds' Zima Blue, but the collection comes across as a good addition to the Hamilton library lining my shelves.

Watching Trees Grow - 3/5 - Justin Ascham Raleigh is murdered in his own room but police and Raleigh family representative Edward Buchanan Raleigh are at a loss to explain the motive. The 18th Century long-life Roman descendants of this parallel Earth operate battery-powered cars, have telephone and electrical usage, and are on the verge of creating nuclear fission. As Edward ages past his first centennial era, he makes very little progress on the case of his family member's death , but humanity, meanwhile, has at least colonized the solar system. After his second centennial era, more doors to the case become shut and the science of the time pushes the investigation deeper still. Humanity now colonizes the stars in the early 21st century. --- There's a heavy focus on the history of this alternative universe, which siphons page space away from some much needed characterization. While all together interesting along the lines of Stross' Accelerando, the cast are merely cardboard cutouts with names. 85 pages

Footvote - 4/5 - A single wormhole to a new world is opened by a single man who is the only person alive knowing how it operates and who is the same man who has written the new stringent laws for entry onto the planet. Colin is the ex-husband of Jannette and has decided to find a better life on New Suffolk rather than eke out an existence in England during the current depression gripping the kingdom brought on by the exodus to the new planet. Collin packs for the trip to the wormhole with his kids while Jannette prepares for a wormhole protests. --- Using a bit of current news in his SF story, Hamilton throws in the ongoing economic hardship with the twist of a new wormhole. The cast may be limited but there's a good sympathetic quality to Colin and Jannette. 25 pages

If at First... - 5/5 - Chief detective Lanson investigates a seemingly persistent stalker of a very wealthy, very industrious technology entrepreneur. Jenson, the perpetrator, spins a story of how the tycoon has built a time machine to inhabit the mind of his childhood self in order to make huge money. The detective is oddly intrigued by the story of logic and coincidences, and so decides to go after the truth. --- Short and sweet with a great ending. Great possibilities with the story, makes you think and smile. 11 pages

The Forever Kitten - 4/5 - Creator of pre-pubescent rejuvenation is bailed out of jail by a wealthy family man. An original kitten from the experimental rejuvenation is in the man's possession and wishes for the procedure to be repeated before the deadline looms. --- A predictable but cute story engineered by Hamilton with traces of pre-Commonwealth commonalities. 4 pages

Blessed by an Angel - 3/5 - A Higher "angel" covertly descends upon the anti-Higher planet of Anagaska (of the Void Trilogy), where it seeks to proselytize its Higher morals among the Advancer citizens. Police Chief Paul tracks down the Higher in order to stop its blatant infection of the population, where three youth are both the players and the pawns. --- Again, somewhat predictable by nature, the story unfolds in a linear fashion while ironing out the pleats of rising questions. A nice addition to the Void history. 18 pages

The Demon Trap - 3/5 - The death of three Dynasty members aboard a shot down plane on the nearly barren planet of Nova Zealand is cause enough to assign the newly rejuvenated Paula Myo to the case. The investigation is done is a perfectly tidy manner put the ultimate motivation for the assassination will call upon Paula's own ties to her history on the infamous planet of Huxley's Haven (of the Commonwealth series). --- Paula shines in this story as her investigative skills are pressed full on. The sequence of events is a joy to watch but the after-the-fact sequences of working out the ultimate motivation is a bit hairy. Not so sure about the ending. 73 pages

Manhattan in Reverse - 3/5 - The colony planet of Menard is having trouble with its indigenous species, which are classifies as non-sentient yet are now exhibiting some primal proto-sentient behavior. Who better in the Commonwealth than Paula Myo to wedge into an investigation like his! --- Paula is a very odd inclusion to the story which doesn't involve the Directorate whatsoever. Snip a few plot strings and the story could be bereft of the Commonwealth altogether, which would have improved the story's independence when compared to the rest of the collection. 44 pages
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3.0 von 5 Sternen A slim and inviting collection 9. August 2012
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I've been meaning to read Peter F. Hamilton for years. I own a few of his books, but I haven't read them yet. If you're familiar with Hamilton, I'll bet you know why. His books are HUGE, and most of them are part of a series. Every time I look at them on my shelf, they scream "MAJOR TIME COMMITMENT," so there they stay. Thus, I was pleased to come across Manhattan in Reverse, a slim and inviting collection of seven stories by Peter F. Hamilton:

"Watching Trees Grow" -- This novella was originally published by PS publishing in 2000. It's a murder mystery that's set in an alternate England which progressed, technologically, much more rapidly than our real world has. There are only a handful of serious suspects, but the investigation takes more than 200 years while Edward Buchanan Raleigh doggedly pursues the culprit as technology advances to the point where he can finally solve the crime.

"Footvote" -- It's 2010 and a man named Murphy has opened a wormhole to allow disgruntled British citizens to flee England and start a new colony on another planet. He only wants particular kinds of people (e.g., no lobbyists, no tabloid journalists, and no corporate lawyers) and they have to agree to his constitution (e.g., no weapons, no welfare, and socialized medicine for all). Colin wants to go with his two kids and his new girlfriend, but Colin's ex-wife is one of the wormhole protesters. "Footvote" was published in Postscripts magazine in 2004, but this version has been slightly updated.

"If at First" -- A police detective is questioning a stalker who insists that he only wants to see his victim's time-travel machine. This clever story, originally published in The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction in 2007, was my favorite story in the collection.

"The Forever Kitten" -- Published as an editorial piece in 2005 in Nature, the worlds' most prestigious scientific journal, this is a chilling short story about sweet little girls growing up. As someone who was once a teenage hellion and is now the mother of two sweet little girls (and a regular reader of Nature), I can totally relate.

"Blessed by an Angel" -- This is a disturbing story about an "angel" from a "Higher" culture who makes an illegal visit to some teenagers on a slower developing planet. The angel is caught and dispatched, but s/he has left something behind. "Blessed by an Angel" was originally published in 2007 in The New Space Opera.

"The Demon Trap" -- First published in Galactic Empires in 2008, this novella features one of Hamilton's well-known protagonists. Investigator Paula Myo, a human who was genetically engineered to be a great cop, has been called in to find the person responsible for blowing up several sons of Dynasty families. As expected, Paula is smart and efficient, but the unusual culprit brings up some interesting ethical and legal issues that, for now, can only be addressed in a science fiction story.

"Manhattan in Reverse" -- This titular story, which also features Paula Myo, is original to the anthology. This time Paula is sent to a frontier planet where humans have been gradually invading the habitat of a species they've classified as non-sentient. When the natives begin to fight back, the xenobiologists wonder if they may have been wrong. This story brings to mind H. Beam Piper's Little Fuzzy.

Hamilton doesn't write many short stories -- in fact, these seven stories are the only ones he's written since 1998. Manhattan in Reverse is diverse, entertaining, thought-provoking and, at only 272 pages, a great way to get acquainted with Peter F. Hamilton.
5.0 von 5 Sternen Riveting! 12. Mai 2014
Von Reuben Robert - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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A collection of short stories from the master himself. Some knowledge of the Commonwealth will help to place the characters better especially Paula herself... But even if you haven't read his books, you'll still love this one.
4.0 von 5 Sternen HAMILTON IN OVERDRIVE!!! 1. März 2014
Von Greggorio! - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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A short story collection by one of the best science fiction writers on the planet sounds like a good bet to me. And it is. I have only read two of the stories continued herein and they were both great. FOOTVOTE is an interesting update on the day's political system complete with trademark Hamiltonisms. My second story (and favourite so far) is THE DEMON TRAP - an fascinating twist on the terrorist flavoured whodunit complete with 21st century relevancies. Needless to say this book is full of fascinating examples of Mr Hamilton's genius and a glimpses into some exciting futures. I will update this review when i can.

Highly recommended from me.

BFN Greggorio!
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