Hamilton and Reynolds, Beyond Science-Fiction Writing


As I was lying in my bed last night, reading The Man in the High Castle, I started missing reading about the Void. Unlike Reynolds, who has completely abandoned his magnum opus, Revelation Space, Hamilton has spent time developing even further.

The last few Alastair Reynolds novels were dissappointing. The last good one I remember was The Prefect. My favorites are House of Suns and the Thousandth Night, as well as Pushing Ice. The Revelation Space series, Chasm City, etc. are quite amazing.

The last novels, Blue Remembered Earth, were dissappointing, as was Terminal World. Reynolds should have stuck with the Revelation Space universe, and expanded it. Even though he seemed to have done this with a novella and short stories in the form of Galactic North, there was still plenty to write about. The worst was when Skade killed off Clavain. It was such a useless death.

Peter F. Hamilton is a somewhat verbose writer, but he is getting leaner and cleaner. I have been reading his books since The Night’s Dawn triology, and the Void trilogy was one of his best books because he revisited the Commonwealth universe and expanded upon it. The Abyss Beyond Dreams continues with this Void-influenced work and puts in more work. Thanks to the Void continuum, he was able to juxtapose a completely different universe with the Commonwealth. The final revelation and transcendence of the Heart of the Void didn’t stop him from continuing to explore its mechanics in his novels.

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