Description The Reality Dysfunction by Peter F. Hamilton is the first in a sweeping galactic trilogy from the master of space opera, The Night's Dawn trilogy. In AD 2600 the human race is finally realizing its full potential. Hundreds of colonized planets across the galaxy host a multitude of 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', and is the nightmare which has prowled beside us since the beginning of history.
The Reality Dysfunction - Staff Choice by Sophie The ultra-marathon of space operas. Everything about this book is gargantuan: size, setting, cast, plot, philosophy. It's steeped in physics, too. Oh, and part 1 of a trilogy. That said, I was glued to its pages, and experienced many a "NOOOOOooooo!..." moment as character after character found themselves in mortal peril (and often didn't survive :-( ). Not a book to be taken lightly, then, but if you're up for the challenge this might just blow your mind.