The Reality Dysfunction

The Reality Dysfunction

Paperback - 2008
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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.
Publisher: New York, NY : Orbit, 2008, c1996
Edition: 1st trade pbk. ed
ISBN: 9780316021807
Branch Call Number: SF HAM
Characteristics: viii, 1108 p. ; 22 cm


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Sep 28, 2017

Somewhere in this 1000+ page tome is a good story or two or three.
Many good ideas. Some parts are great, others drag on. A good editor would have trimmed this down a fair amount.
This would have been better as a two or three volume series.

Sep 05, 2014

The first 150 pages are a little laboring as Hamilton lays out the pieces of a very large chess board. Once he sets the pieces in motion it becomes quite a ride. Sometimes the story (or intersecting stories) borders on farcical stereotype - the swashbuckling captain who beds at least one girl in every port, the hatred of the dead against the living, or the high society people who engage in highly immoral behavior while in private

Aside from that one point, the book is otherwise a total escapist space opera with heroes, villains, high technology, fights, lots of sex, philosophy, theology, competing philosophies, and lots and lots of characters (even a few kids thrown in though fortunately not in a saccharine-sweet telling).

One last point: I picked up Hamilton because I ran out of Iain Banks Culture novels to read and wanted something else. He's not at the same level as Banks, but he does have a good command of the language and makes a rich storytelling. Think of him as a cross between Niven and Banks.

Sep 08, 2010

Just finished this one and I'm in a daze! What a rip-snorting adventure! And brainy too! I'm in awe of Mr. Hamilton's prowess! THIS is what SF is all about! I'm a lucky guy: there's two more gigantic tomes in the series and (due to the lousy economy) I don't have a job to cut into my reading time!!


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Mar 06, 2016

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Scenes depicting torture and rape.

Mar 06, 2016

Sexual Content: Frequent sexual encounters.

Mar 06, 2016

Violence: Scenes of graphic violence and gore depicted in this title.

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Mar 06, 2016

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