Peter F. Hamilton

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Peter F. Hamilton
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Peter F. Hamilton at a book fair in Paris, France, in March 2009
Born (1960-03-02) 2 March 1960 (age 55)
Rutland, England
Occupation Novelist
Nationality British
Period 1987–present
Genre Science fiction, Space opera

Peter F. Hamilton (born 2 March 1960) is a British author. He is best known for writing space opera. As of the publication of his tenth novel in 2004, his works had sold over two million copies worldwide.


Peter F. Hamilton was born in Rutland, England on 2 March 1960. He didn't attend university. He said in an interview, "I did science at school up to age eighteen, I stopped doing English, English literature, writing at sixteen, I just wasn't interested in those days."[1]

After he started writing in 1987 he sold his first short story to Fear Magazine in 1988. His first novel, Mindstar Rising, was published in 1993, followed by A Quantum Murder and The Nano Flower. After this he wrote a massive space opera, called The Night's Dawn Trilogy. As of 2008 he still lives in Rutland, near Rutland Water, with his wife Kate, daughter Sophie, and son Felix.

Writing style[edit]

Peter F. Hamilton generally uses a clean, prosaic style. His space opera is characterised by the way it switches between several characters—often there are three or more main characters, whose paths begin separated but eventually cross. Common themes in his books are sexually precocious teenagers, politics, religion, and armed conflict.

Hamilton is often grouped with Alastair Reynolds, Stephen Baxter, Ken MacLeod, and other writers of Space Opera in the United Kingdom.



  1. ^ "Peter F. Hamilton". 

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