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PANDORA'S STAR Peter F. Hamilton 1st HC SIGNED

London, UK: MacMillan; 2003. 1st hardcover edition. 'In AD 2329, humanity has colonised over four hundred planets, all of them interlinked by wormholes. With Earth at its center, the Intersolar Commonwealth now occupies a sphere of space approximately four hundred light years across. When an astronomer on the outermost world of Gralmond, observes a star 2000 light years distant - and then a neighbouring one - vanish, it is time for the Commonwealth to discover what happened to them. For what if their disappearance indicates some kind of galactic conflict? Since a conventional wormhole cannot be used to reach these vanished stars, for the first time humans need to build a faster-than-light starship, the Second Chance. But it arrives to find each 'vanished' star encased in a giant force field -- and within one of them resides a massive alien civilisation.' SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR!!! Fine in fine dj.