Here is a link to a site with
information on Peter F. Hamilton and his books,
I found it because they copied the picture from my site. ;)
On the 9th of October 1999 I went to London because Peter F. Hamilton was
signing copies of his latest book The Naked God. See the picture of
Anyway for those of you who haven't read his books, the Night's Dawn
series (of which The Naked God is the third volume) is IMHO the best
science fiction treatment of Christian type religious beliefs, anyone who is
interested in such things and likes science-fiction should really like these
books (NB the treatment of religion is quite reasonable and wouldn't have
offended me if I'd read it when I was a Christian). I won't mention any more
than that right now as I don't want to risk
spoiling the books for anyone. Next time I update this page I will include the
write-up from the cover of the first book in the series which has the official
summary which won't spoil things.
The books are fairly thick, I had chosen not to buy the first book in the
series for some years because I doubted that someone could create enough plot
to fill such a volume. Do not be put off as I once was, there is enough plot
and lots of really good scientific ideas too.
One idea that I have been thinking about recently is that of the Edenist
society described in these books. This is a society based around living space
habitats. These entities are intelligent creatures created for humans to live
in. They provide everything that a city currently provides (including food),
and it is all produced from materials found in space and energy. I think that
this is achievable (although not for maybe 20 or 30 years). I expect that
within 100 years sizable populations will be living in such habitats. Many
people will disagree with this prediction, and some may laugh. But they should
keep in mind that the first primitive valve computers were used in the 30's.
If genetic engineers make as much progress over the next 65 years as has been
made with computers over the last 65 years then we should then be able to
create custom sentient space-dwelling organisms. Then it will just be a matter
of growing the habitats which could take a few decades (creating a city that
can house 100,000 people will take time no matter how you do it).
There's many other good science ideas in Peter's books, most of which I can't
really mention without a risk of spoiling things for people who haven't read
any of them. If you've read them and you're interested in discussing them then
send me an email.
Now here's the picture:
Copyright © 1999 Russell
Coker, may be distributed freely.
I guess that Peter owns the copyright on his picture, as he gave me permission
to publish it here I imagine he won't mind it being republished elsewhere.