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Commonwealth Saga

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Subject: Misspent Youth, The Dreaming Void, Space opera, Peter F. Hamilton, Starflyer
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Commonwealth Saga

The Commonwealth Saga is a series of science fiction novels by British science fiction writer Peter F. Hamilton. This saga consists of the novels Pandora's Star (2004) and Judas Unchained (2005), preceded by Misspent Youth (2002) which takes place 340 years before Pandora's Star and Judas Unchained. The Dreaming Void (2008), The Temporal Void (2009), and The Evolutionary Void (2010) take place 1,200 years after the events of Judas Unchained but occur in the same literary universe; several of the main characters from Judas Unchained and Pandora's Star also appear in the Void trilogy.

An additional two books are planned to be written, set between the first two, and the last three books. The first titled "The Abyss Beyond Dreams" was published in 2014.

Like Hamilton's earlier The Night's Dawn Trilogy, the Commonwealth Saga is an epic space opera that extends across dozens of worlds and characters.


Pandora's Star

The Saga begins in 2380, the human race has had wormhole technology for over 300 years thanks to the work of Nigel Sheldon and Ozzie Isaacs, and has colonised several hundred planets across hundreds of light years. On a distant planet, Astronomer Dudley Bose performs the first detailed observations of an astronomical event known as the Dyson Pair Enclosure. Two stars, located roughly 1,000 light years from Earth (750 light years from the edge of Commonwealth space), seemingly disappeared some time earlier. The theory is that they have been enclosed inside Dyson spheres.

Bose's investigations reveal that the enclosing of Dyson Alpha and Dyson Beta (as the stars become known) occurred quickly and simultaneously. These facts mean that the technology of the Dyson aliens, or possibly other unknown aliens, surpasses that of the Commonwealth; furthermore, did the Dyson Aliens enclose themselves, or did some other force enclose them? Was it for protection or to protect those outside the spheres?

To investigate, the Commonwealth builds its first interstellar ship, the Second Chance. Commanded by Wilson Kime, one of the first men to walk on Mars, using a self-enclosed 'flowing' wormhole for propulsion, the Second Chance travels to Dyson Alpha.

As they arrive and begin to explore what appears to be an enclosure generator, it is shut down

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