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.

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Spending Time Offline

The Reality Dysfunction cover painting, part 1 of 3 of Nights Dawn
The Reality Dysfunction cover painting, part 1 of 3 of Night's Dawn

Over the last few days, I’ve spent more and more time offline. I really like it. I’ve been reading a lot and spending time with my wife.

I don’t like being constantly tethered to the internet. That’s one of the reasons why I no longer use GTalk or Y! Pager. I don’t want to waste more time online. It’s also why I don’t really check on Facebook anymore. I barely log in once every few weeks.

I’ve been reading The Naked God, the last book of Peter F. Hamilton in the Night’s Dawn trilogy. I’ve already read the trilogy. I’m just reading it again. After I finished The Temporal Void, I wanted to read his other work again. In between substituting, I’ve been getting all of the paperwork ready for the start of school. I’m actually registered for 3 1-year classes plus a colloquium. There’s a basic Mandarin class that I want to register for as well. It’s only 4 hours a week but it gives you access to two hours of private tutoring for free. I tried registering for that today, but I’ll have to go by school again tomorrow to finish that up.

It was nice having about two days off. I didn’t have to write anything either. School starts next week. It’s going to be interesting.

The Dreaming Void

I just finished The Dreaming Void by Peter F. Hamilton. I really liked it. I started it on Sunday and had a hundred pages left today. Luckily, The Temporal Void will be published in October 2008, so the wait isn’t that long to find out what will happen next.

I wonder why The Prefect by Alaistair Reynolds is so hard to get. I tried getting it last year when it was published, but it was to no avail.