Welcome to the official homepage of Peter F. Hamilton. On this site, you will find information about Peter, his work, information on current events (below), and a weblog, where Peter keeps us informed about stuff. There are also sections containing answers to questions asked by fans, artwork (Both cover-art and fan-art) and a list of special content, including previews from Peter's books and background material. Also, do not hesitate to use the question form to ask Peter a question, or the guest book if you simply want to leave him a message.
Dec 5, 2013
Just to say thank you to all who voted for me in the Goodreads choice awards. 8th is a very respectable position, and there were a lot of heavyweight contenders on that list.
And sincere apologies to anyone who ordered the anniversary hardback of Mindstar Rising for Christmas, which was due to be published today (5 Dec), and now doesn't look like it will be available until January. I don't know what happened, but as soon as I find out I'll post an update.
Just been to see Gravity. Excellently realised space hardware. Great acting. High tension throughout. The feeling of the loneliness and grandeur from being in space was intense. And absolutely no understanding of orbital mechanics whatsoever. I mean less than zilch. A real shame for nerds like me, because that's what I'll always remember. But I still enjoyed it. Sort of.
Nov 7, 2013
A month ago I posted about a revamped Mandel story, The Suspect Genome, now renamed Family Matters. This is going to be brought out in the UK by Macmillan next month, who are releasing an anniversary hardback of Mindstar Rising to celebrate(?) me being a published author for twenty years. Mindstar Rising came out in 1993. It's a limited edition signed hardback with Family Matters included, for £25. Don't panic if all you want is Family Matters and find that a bit steep, it will come out as an ebook novella soon afterwards. And here's a picture of me signing the tip-in pages for the hardback.
Nov 6, 2013
Back home finally. Half term week spent surfing with the family in Cornwall. Now Felix can stand on a board, and Sophie just slides past me waving in amusement. Is there no end to this torment? However, when I got on I stood up first time -so progress (by my standards). As always my thanks to the StIves surf school for the excellent way they look after the kids. Followed this by Trick Or Treating in London with my nieces, which is done on a much grander scale than in our little village. Sophie loyally dressed as a Karrak Lord from the upcoming children's book. Very scary, even though no one had a clue what she was. Then onwards to Brighton for the FantasyCon. It doesn't help when publishers hold their parties at the same time in the same hotel, two nights in a row. Don't they ever learn: don't give free drinks to writers! Still I hopefully managed to sound coherent at my panels. At the reading I read an extract from the work in progress, a short section of Queen of Dreams, and then because there was eight minutes left I started reading a short story. Apologies to everyone and the organisers for completely misjudging how long that would take, and my thanks to everyone who gathered round in the corridor outside afterwards to hear the last few pages.
Oct 10, 2013
They're allowing me out in public again.
I'll be at the Fantasycon in Brighton on the 1st -2nd Nov. My panels are- The End Is Now, on Friday 2.00 - 3.00pm, about why the apocalypse is so popular; and on Saturday 5.00 - 6.00pm when I'm doing: The Stars Their Destination: Does Science Fiction Have A Future -hummm, I may have quite a bit to say on that subject. Then I'm also doing a reading Saturday 2.30 -3.00pm. I haven't decided if I should do a section from the children's book, or the new Void novel. Maybe a short bit of each? Anyway, if you're there please come along, or at least say hello...
Oct 4, 2013
I was having yet another clear out today (confession: I am a hoarder), and found this in an old folder. Some writers embrace their one star reviews, others celebrate their rejections. Check the date! And indeed I did keep trying...
Oct 3, 2013
For anyone who ever pestered me to write another Greg Mandel story...
I did once, it was a novella called The Suspect Genome which was published by Interzone magazine back in 2000 (won the BSFA award that year, too!). And there's a reason it has never been reprinted or released on line. One of the central ideas of DNA profiling I came up with for Suspect Genome was overtaken by real DNA fingerprinting and analysis, as anyone who, like me, watches CSI could tell you. A standard SF author paranoia about reality passing you by and thumbing its nose while laughing in a sneering way. But as this is the 20th year since Greg first appeared, in Mindstar Rising, I've taken a look at The Suspect Genome again. With some careful editing and a few new paragraphs it's been possible to remove the failed 'future past' technology and preserve the main whodunnit story. There were also some anachronisms that needed removing, like telephone boxes. After all, this was written about a future that's only twenty years away and there aren't many of them left now, certainly not in Rutland where Greg lives (will live?). Thankfully most of the other details of life in Greg's universe aren't too passé. The title name had to go as well, and it's now called Family Matters (a bad pun I know, but I couldn't resist). As to when it'll be available and what formats: details are being finalised, but it shouldn't be long. Watch this space.
Sep 24, 2013
Hot off Adam's easel, the cover of Queen of Dreams
Sep 10, 2013
Bidding for the proof of The Queen of Dreams is now closed. And what bidding there was! We were expecting it to rise in denominations of £10 or maybe even £20. What we got was leaps of hundreds.
A huge thank you everyone who took part, and also to those who just checked in hoping to place a bid.
My eternal gratitude to Dennis for his amazing bid of £700. You've made a lot of very nice people extremely happy, and helped a whole lot more. You're a gent, sir. Now all Kate has to do is run 26 miles. Easy.
May 25, 2012
Some people (such as "Dave" in the guestbook) noticed that Pandora's star was pulled from Audible, and wondered why this happened. It turns out that there have been some complaints about the sound quality of that recording. For that reason, the book was temporarily removed from the Audible store until the engineers have fixed this.
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Oct 4, 2011
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