The Essential Companion Guide to the Night's Dawn Trilogy: The Reality Dysfunction, The Neutronium Alchemist, and The Naked God
Peter F. Hamilton amazed sci-fi readers with his astonishing, internationally bestselling Night's Dawn trilogy, which introduced the future history Confederation of nano-augmented Adamists, genetically engineered Edenists, and alien species such as the Tyrathca and Kiint...
A GALACTIC ALMANAC
Now Hamilton reveals the true potential of his brilliantly realized epic. Expanding on its concepts and complexities, THE CONFEDERATION HANDBOOK explores the 600-year history of more than 21,500 inhabited worlds, asteroids, and bitek habitats. Discover for the first time:
How Edenist space colonies are grown
The real story of the Kulu Kings and the exiled Lord of Ruin
Why Adamist religions caused the human schism by rejecting Affinity
The tragic legacy of Rubra, the Edenist rebel who created Valisk
Tyrathca mating rituals
...and much more. Covering geology, politics, technology, weaponry, and alien lifeforms, THE CONFEDERATION HANDBOOK is a triumph of world-building and a must read for Peter Hamilton's legion of fans.
From the arcologies of Earth to the shards of the Ruin Ring, uncover the...MYSTERIES OF THE NIGHT'S DAWN UNIVERSE
Why is the Kulu Intelligence Service so feared?
What are the differences between blackhawks and voidhawks?
Why can't the Weeping Rose be grown anywhere except on Norfolk?
Why are Cosmoniks so modified, and are they all still human?
What do Kiint really look like?
Why is the Jiciro world off-limits?
Why did the Nyvan colony collapse into war and anarchy?
Why is life better in the Halo than on Earth?
The answers to these and many other questions are contained in a companion guide as wondrous and revealing as only the epic scope of The Night's Dawn could provide...
THE CONFEDERATION HANDBOOK
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Excerpt from The Confederation Handbook by Peter F. Hamilton
Adamists define themselves as normal humans, a classification governed by their lack of an affinity gene. The name derives from the biblical Adam, who was first and therefore untainted. It was also an obvious choice, given that those who possessed an affinity gene were principally living in the habitat Eden at the time (2090) when the two cultures began to diverge (A Second Chance at Eden). In general, Adamists live on colonized terracompatible planets and in asteroid settlements. Asmall number live in the five independent (non-Edenist) bitek habitats.
Thanks to genetic engineering (geneering), average Adamist life expectancy is approximately 115 years, though this can vary wildly. Most Adamists are now the recipients of geneering performed between 2050 and 2200, with descendants of European, North American, and Pacific Rim nations benefiting from the highest level of enhancements. There are three Confederation planets which are settled entirely by humans who have no genetic manipulation in their ancestry, all of which have pastoral- or religious-based constitutions. Some enclaves of "pure" humans also live on other worlds, though their numbers are now in decline due to constant contact with their geneered cousins. Most of those groups were founded on religious or ethical grounds. Although isolated during the first stages of colonization, such separatism from a planet's mainstream culture is difficult to maintain. After learning of the outside world, the children of such groups normally find it very hard to understand why their ancestors have denied them this beneficial genetic heritage, and they tend to drift away from their enclaves.
With most hereditary diseases eradicated, organ efficiency improved, and substantial enhancement to the immune system, there is little need for geneering to be performed on fetuses now. The type of geneering which is still researched and practiced is concentrated principally on extending life expectancy. Among the very rich there is a fashion for having cosmetic geneering performed on their children; not just for classical beauty, but for blending of distinct racial traits, e.g. combining red hair with black skin.
The main exception to this slowdown of basic physiological alteration is the Royal Saldana family, whose members are still being modified for increased intelligence and memory capacity, and reduced sleep requirement, as well as expanding their life expectancy, which currently stands at 180 years. In short they are (ironically) becoming close to the Edenist ideal, lacking only affinity.
The second exception is the starship owner-operator families (such as the Calverts), who undergo dominant-gene modifications to cope with the long periods of zero-gee on their ships (again similar to that of Edenists). These families have eliminated vertiginous disorientation and organ decay, while bone-calcium levels will not decrease in the absence of gravity. Internal membranes are strengthened to cope with periods of high-gee acceleration (a function which is more commonly augmented with nanonic membranes), thus preventing organs from tearing, and their heart capacity has been increased to ensure their blood supply remains regular under acceleration.
Adamists, however, remain totally opposed to using the affinity bond (see below for exceptions). Although it began as a mild disagreement between users and non-users to start with (2050-2090), this attitude is now irrevocably entrenched among them, and has become the symbolic difference between the two principal human cultures. Because of its association with bitek (which it was originally designed to control), this affinity-bond technology has also been virtually abandoned by Adamists. Both Islam and the Christian Unity Church have proscribed the affinity gene as inhuman.