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If at First ...

(2011)
A Novella by

 
 
Peter F. Hamilton has proven himself a modern master of epic space opera, carrying the tradition of far-future empire building begun by Heinlein and Asimov into the new millennium.

 But Hamilton is also a master of the short story, and when he tackles one of science fiction's most enduring themes - time travel - the result is as provocative as it is entertaining.

It starts in 2007 with a break-in. The victim: Marcus Orthew, the financial and technological genius behind Orthanics, the computer company whose radical products have delivered a one-two punch to the industry, all but knocking PCs and Macs out of the ring.
The perpetrator: a man obsessed with Orthew. Just another simple case of celebrity stalking - or so everyone assumes at first, including Metropolitan Police Chief Detective David Lanson. But when Lanson interviews the suspect, he makes a startling claim:
Orthew is from the future.
 Or, rather, a future - a parallel timeline.
Thus begins the ride of a lifetime for Lanson, as his pursuit of the facts tumbles him headlong down a rabbit hole -
and the hunter finds himself hunted.

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Used availability for Peter F Hamilton's If at First ...

Audio Editions

November 2011 : USA Audio edition
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Title: If at First...: A Short Story from the Manhattan in Reverse Collection
Author(s): Peter F Hamilton
Publisher: Macmillan Digital Audio
Availability: Amazon   


November 2011 : UK Audio edition
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Title: If at First...: A Short Story from the Manhattan in Reverse Collection
Author(s): Peter F Hamilton
Publisher: Macmillan Digital Audio
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

June 2011 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: If at First . . . (Short Story) (Greg Mandel Trilogy)
Author(s): Peter F Hamilton
Publisher: Del Rey
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA