The Reality Dysfunction by Peter F. Hamilton

The Reality Dysfunction

By Peter F. Hamilton

  • Release Date: 2008-10-08
  • Genre: Adventure
Score: 4.5
From 155 Ratings
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Space is not the only void...

In AD 2600 the human race is finally beginning to realize its full potential. Hundreds of colonized planets scattered across the galaxy host a multitude of prosperous and wildly diverse cultures. Genetic engineering has pushed evolution far beyond nature's boundaries, defeating disease and producing extraordinary spaceborn creatures. Huge fleets of sentient trader starships thrive on the wealth created by the industrialization of entire star systems. And throughout inhabited space the Confederation Navy keeps the peace. A true golden age is within our grasp.

But now something has gone catastrophically wrong. On a primitive colony planet a renegade criminal's chance encounter with an utterly alien entity unleashes the most primal of all our fears. An extinct race which inhabited the galaxy aeons ago called it "The Reality Dysfunction." It is the nightmare which has prowled beside us since the beginning of history.

THE REALITY DYSFUNCTION is a modern classic of science fiction, an extraordinary feat of storytelling on a truly epic scale.


  • If you like Byzantine, epic space opera — look no further

    By Passepartout
    This is the book that got me into Peter F Hamilton (I recommend all his series). Most of his books are set in the interstellar "Commonwealth" but the setting for this series is simultaneously more conventional (spaceships rather than interstellar trains) and strange (undead?!). It's a huge, sprawling story with a huge caste of characters and a pretty intriguing premise. Highly recommended.
  • A Bio-Mechanical Affair

    By Aikidoman777
    This book is full of tech, less compelling physics and characters who need significant development. The pace is relatively consistent if somewhat slow, the world-building reasonably interesting. Many scenes are very dark and full of intrigue and sex ....but in my view the book simply doesn't deliver enough victory to make the darker elements worth the pain. For the genre this book is average. While I tend to finish trilogies I think book two will wait...possibly forever.
  • fantastic

    By StarshipAI
    i strongly recommend that you DO NOT read the descriptions of the second or third book. too much is revealed. reading this book without knowing what is going on is absolutely the way to go. space opera at its finest.
  • Don't get started, each book gets worse and the last one stinks

    By Mtn from Boston
    I can't believe I bought all 3 books, what an incredible waste of time, 1st book wasn't bad but second was mediocre and 3rd was painful. Save yourself and don't get started!
  • One of *best* sic-fi books I've ever read...

    By DangerousDan13
    ...and I'm a fan of Herbert, Heinlein, Asimov & Douglas Adams. The entire series is GREAT. Read them all!
  • Amazing!

    By jmason86
    I am a devoted sci-fi reader and physicist (degree from UC Santa Cruz) and I have to say that this book and it's sequels are some of the best science fiction I've ever read.
  • An epic sci-fi saga!

    By D.D.A
    I found this book very captivating, full of great depictions and mixing so many things into such an epic saga... Sometime, the descriptions are a bit much, and I may have skipped a page here and there, but overall I am ready to lunge in the second book.