Peter F. Hamilton was born in Rutland in 1960, and still lives near Rutland Water. He began writing in 1987 and sold his first short story to Fear magazine in 1988. His previous novels are the Greg Mandel seriesand the bestselling Night's Dawn trilogy. Also published by Pan Macmillan are A Second Chance at Eden, a novella and six short stories set in the same brilliantly realized universe, and The Confederation Handbook, a vital guide to the Night's Dawn trilogy. He is also the author of the phenomenal Commonwealth Saga: Pandora's Star and Judas Unchained, and the Void trilogy: The Dreaming Void, The Temporal Void and The Evolutionary Void.