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Check Out the UK Edition of The Abyss Beyond Dreams and Catch Hamilton on Tour is happy to share the cover for the UK edition of Peter F. Hamilton’s The Abyss Beyond Dreams, the first book in the Chronicle of the Fallers, coming October 2014 from Tor UK! (The US edition will be published by Del Rey.) The book is set in the Commonwealth Universe and comes chronologically between The Commonwealth saga and The Void trilogy.

Julie Crisp, the Editorial Director of Tor UK, shares some of the design process for the cover, including the inspiriation behind the look for Hamilton’s new series.


Peter F. Hamilton has been published by Macmillan for over twenty years now and in that time we’ve had several different looks for his covers, from the original iconic covers of the brilliant Jim Burns, through to the huge epic landscapes of Steve Stone. But this is science fiction—where would we be without some form of evolution?

Copyright Jim Burns: The Temporal Void cover

Jim Burns' cover art forThe Temporal Void

We wanted to do something different with the new book, and revisit the Commonwealth series. They are such filmic, exciting adventures that we wanted a treatment to reflect that. We looked at several different forms of media for inspiration—games, comparable authors, and films. Here are just some of the numerous images we looked at:

Star Wars Star Trek posters

Mass Effect

When I first saw the concept I was blown away. Since then, with Peter’s help, we’ve gone into detail with character descriptions, background action scenes and colour schemes. We’re hopeful that the cover will manage to capture the attention of that most elusive of creatures—the science fiction naysayer.

The difficulty with this genre has always been trying to persuade those cinema goers who are more than happy to watch the most recent Star Trek (and not just for Benedict Cumberbatch and Chris Pine), or sit through the boxset of Battlestar Galactica, or eagerly speculate about the new Christopher Nolan film Interstellar, but then claim they never read science fiction. They have no idea what they’re missing out on—we wanted to show them!

Peter’s novels are epic, thrilling adventures following original and brilliant characters. His main protagonist Nigel Sheldon is every bit as sexy as anything Star Trek has to offer (sorry, Benedict), the politics and character encounters are just as involved and explosive as a Game of Thrones plot and the action and pace is no less than any Matt Damon/Tom Cruise blockbuster.

Hopefully the new look will encourage all those who claim they don’t read science fiction to give it a go…

The US cover was revealed a few months ago and they’ve gone with this rather stunning look.

Del Ray cover The Abyss Beyond Dreams

And this is the UK version by Larry Rostant:

The Abyss Beyond Dreams UK cover

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We were all thrilled with it, as was Peter who said: ‘This is exactly the kind of image I’ve been wanting on the books, a stylish design incorporating character with the kind of dramatic starscape my stories are associated with.” Hope you love it as much as we do.

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You can read an extract of the novel on the Tor UK blog, and be sure to stop by and see Peter F. Hamilton on his upcoming UK tour, the dates for which are found below:

Wednesday 8th October

  • 12.30pm Waterstones Guildfor
    71-73 High Street, Guildford GU1 3DY
    Contact the store for more info +44 01483 536366
  • 7pm Foyles Charing Cross Road
    113-119 Charing Cross Rd, London WC2H 0EB
    For more info visit

Thursday 9th October

  • 1pm Waterstones Swindon
    25/26 Brunel Plaza, Brunel Shopping Centre, Swindon SN1 1ND
    Contact the store for more info +44 01793 436465
  • 5.45pm Forbidden Planet Bristol
    Clifton Heights Triangle West, Bristol BS8 1EJ
    Contact the store for more info 0117 929 7767
  • 8pm Toppings Bath
    The Paragon, Bath, Somerset BA1 5LS
    Contact the store for more info +44 01225 428111

Friday 10th October

  • 12pm Waterstones Milton Keynes
    Unit 72, Midsummer Place, Milton Keynes MK9 3GA
    Contact the store for more info +44 01908 395384
  • 7pm Oxford Blackwells
    50 Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3BQ
    Contact the store for more info +44 01865 792792

Saturday 11th October

  • 12pm Waterstones Birmingham
    24-26 High St, Birmingham B4 7SL
    Contact the store for more info +44 0121 633 4353
  • 4pm Waterstones Nottingham Bridlesmith Gate
    1/5 Bridlesmith Gate, Nottingham NG1 2GR
    Contact the store for more info +44 0115 9470069

Monday 13th October

  • 2pm Waterstones Manchester Trafford Centre
    42 Regent Crescent, Trafford Centre, Barton Dock Road, Manchester M17 8AP
    Contact the store for more info +44 0161 749 8623
  • 6.30pm Waterstones Liverpool One
    12 College Lane, Liverpool L1 3DL
    Contact the store for more info +44 0151 709 9820

Tuesday 14th October

  • 12.30pm Waterstones Sheffield Orchard Square
    24-26 Orchard Square, Sheffield S1 2FB  
    Contact the store for more info +44 0114 272 8971
  • 7pm Waterstones Leeds
    93-97 Albion Street, Leeds LS1 5JS
    Contact the store for more info +44 0113 244 4588

Wednesday 15th October

  • 1pm Waterstones Newcastle
    Emerson Chambers, Blackett Street, Newcastle NE1 7JF
    Contact the store for more info +44 0191 261 7757
  • 7pm Waterstones York
    15 Coney Street, York YO1 9QL
    Contact the store for more info +44 01904 620784

Thursday 16th October

  • 7.30pm Toppings Ely
    9 High Street, Ely, Cambridgeshire CB7 4LJ
    Contact the store for more info +44 01353 645005

Friday 17 October

  • 1pm Waterstones Colchester
    12-13 High Street, Colchester CO1 1DA
    Contact the store for more info +44 01206 561307
  • 7.30pm Waterstones Norwich
    11-17 Castle Street, Norwich NR2 1PB
    Contact the store for more info +44 01603 767292

Thursday 6th November

  • 6pm Waterstones Edinburgh West End
    128 Princes Street, Edinburgh EH2 4AD
    Contact the store for more info +44 0131 226 2666

Friday 7th November

  • 12.30pm Waterstones Glasgow Sauchiehall Street
    153-157 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow G2 3EW
    Contact the store for more info +44 0141 332 9105

Julie Crisp is the Editorial Director of Tor UK, publisher of authors including Peter F. Hamilton, China Miéville, Adam Nevill, Paul Cornell, The Walking Dead & The Returned.


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