A Night Without Stars

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A Night Without Stars
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First edition (UK)
AuthorPeter F. Hamilton
Cover artistLarry Rostant
CountryUnited Kingdom
SeriesThe Chronicle of the Fallers
GenreScience fiction novel
PublisherPan Macmillan (UK)
Del Rey Books (US)
Publication date
22 September 2016 (UK)
27 September 2016 (US)
Media typePrint (hardcover)
Preceded byThe Abyss Beyond Dreams 

A Night Without Stars is a science fiction novel by the British author Peter F. Hamilton. The book, which was released on 22 September 2016 (UK), is the second of the two-part The Chronicle of the Fallers.


Hamilton announced in 2011 that he was developing a new trilogy.[1] He later decided to cut the trilogy down to two parts.[2] Cover art for A Night Without Stars was unveiled on April 5, 2016.[3] The book was published by Pan Macmillan in September 2016. It is the sequel to The Abyss Beyond Dreams.


This novel continues events on the planet Bienvenido in Hamilton's far-future Commonwealth universe. Over two centuries have passed since Slvasta's Bolshevik-style revolution defeated the ruling hereditary Captain's administration.

"The planet Bienvenido is in crisis. It has finally escaped the Void, emerging into regular space. But it’s millions of light-years from Commonwealth assistance, and humans are battling the Fallers for control of their world. This rapacious adversary, evolved to destroy all sentient life, has infiltrated every level of human society – hijacking unwilling bodies so its citizens fear their leaders, friends and family. A mysterious figure known as the Warrior Angel leads a desperate resistance. She’s helped by forbidden Commonwealth technology, which gives her a crucial edge. But the government obstructs the Angel’s efforts at every turn, blinded by prejudice and technophobia. As Fallers also prepare to attack from the skies, she might need to incite rebellion to fight this invasion. But the odds seem impossible. Then astronaut Ry Evine uncovers one last hope. On a mission against the enemy, his spacecraft damages an unidentified vessel. This crash-lands on the planet carrying unexpected cargo: a baby. This extraordinary Commonwealth child possesses knowledge that could save them all. But if the Fallers catch her, the people of Bienvenido will not survive."[4]


Bienvenido has returned to normal space outside the void. Thought no longer projects power or communication in the physical world and electric and electronic devices function normally. Fearful of losing power, the ruling totalitarian Government wields its ruthless secret police to restrict and control technology to that of 1960s Earth. The author cited a trip to a former Stasi museum in Leipzig, Germany as the inspiration for the post-revolutionary society.[5]


On Goodreads, it rates 4.41 out of 5, based on 3963 votes.[6]


  1. ^ "May 2011" Archived 2014-06-05 at the Wayback Machine. PeterFHamilton.co.uk. Retrieved December 18, 2014.
  2. ^ "Interview with Peter F. Hamilton". GeekChocolate.co.uk. October 15, 2012. Retrieved December 18, 2014.
  3. ^ "Cover Art"/ panmacmillan.com
  4. ^ http://www.randomhousebooks.com/books/227821
  5. ^ http://upcoming4.me/item/11938-the-story-behind-night-without-stars-by-peter-f-hamilton
  6. ^ "A Night Without Stars". Goodreads. Retrieved 2017-10-27.