"A Second Chance At Eden
" is a short story collection
by science fiction author Peter F Hamilton
. All stories are set in the same universe
as his acclaimed Night's Dawn trilogy
(comprised of "The Reality Dysfunction
", "The Neutronium Alchemist
" and "The Naked God
This collection fills in the period leading up to the first book in the trilogy and spans about 500 years. The stories describe the first uses of the affinity gene, the founding of the Edenist culture, and the discovery of the Laymill by Marcus Calvert (yes, the father of the trilogy's hero Joshua Calvert). The story "Escape Route" was included in the fifteenth edition of "The Year's Best Science Fiction" (ed. Gardner Dozois).
The collection as a whole is uneven in quality, but definitely interesting for fans of the trilogy.