Manhattan in Reverse
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Manhattan in Reverse

by Peter F. Hamilton
Release date: September 24, 2011
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: science fiction, short stories

A major collection of short fiction from Peter F. Hamilton, New York Times bestselling author of Pandora’s Star, The Dreaming Void, and many other epic science fiction novels — including a brand-new novella starring detective Paula Myo
Fans of the Commonwealth Saga will enjoy the return of Paula Myo, the genetically engineered police investigator whose single-minded pursuit of justice runs up against a postwar citizenry eager to forget old crimes. In the all-new novella “Manhattan in Reverse,” Paula is dispatched to the backwoods planet of Menard after a docile, supposedly nonintelligent alien species attacks peaceful human settlers. Menard may have to be evacuated — something the planet’s corporate owners and human populace are prepared to resist... perhaps with targeted aggression.

Violence hits closer to home in “The Demon Trap” in which Paula’s investigation of a gruesome act of terrorism leads into unexpected political, technological, and philosophical waters, threatening the course of human evolution.

Time travel has never been so tricky — or so deadly — as it is in “If at First...,” in which Metropolitan Police detective David Lanson finds himself matching wits with a sociopath who might very well be from the future... or, at least, a future.

“Blessed by an Angel” is set in the Commonwealth Universe of the Void trilogy and features an alien visitor who offers the local human population a chance at paradise. But one species’ paradise may be another’s hell.

Three other thrilling pieces round out the collection — and showcase Peter F. Hamilton’s ability to weave scientific speculation into very human storytelling.

(updated 2020-01-31)

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