Ahoy there mateys. For some sci-fi fun!
superposition (David Walton)
An author whose blog I read, named John Scalzi (if you don’t know him you should) has a segment called “The Big Idea” wherein as Scalzi puts it “What’s the Big Idea? Authors explaining the big ideas behind their latest works, in their own words.”
I heard about this book when David Walton wrote his Big Idea for Superposition in April 2015. Now normally a book which describes one of the factors of the book to be quantum physics politely gets ignored through no fault of the author. I barely passed high school physics, physics makes no sense, and I hate it. I mean if it is background to the plot then that’s one thing. But for some reason unremembered by me at this point, I decided to put it on my “to be read” list and then promptly forgot all about everything but the title. I now feel that the title should have re-clued my silly physics hating self about the physics involved (duh!). Having finished the book, I am glad I did.
The book was a fun romp into quantum physics that for a non-supporter was broken down well and overall easy to understand. It mentions Schrodinger’s cat which was one physics concept I loved and understood back in the day. I am not sure what hard-core physicists would think of it but I happen to know one as a friend and if he reads it ever, I will let you know. It also dealt with legal issues which having been a paralegal at points in my past entertained me heartily. The man character Jacob Kelley is enjoyable and amusing in more ways than one. The other characters in the book are not as fully written but with no harm to the plot or book. The book also deals with the Pinelands in NJ which is currently home sweet home so that too tickled my fancy. I will definitely read the sequel which is out already.
The plot in the author’s own words . . .
It follows Jacob Kelley, a retired physicist visited by an old colleague who waves a gun around and babbles about an alien quantum intelligence. The mystery deepens when Jacob discovers that the man had been murdered in an underground bunker the night before. Jacob is arrested for the murder and put on trial. As the details of the crime slowly come to light, the weave of reality becomes ever more tangled, twisted by a miraculous new technology and a quantum creature unconstrained by the normal limits of space and matter. With the help of his daughter, Alessandra, Jacob must find the true murderer before the creature destroys his family and everything he loves. As the Wall Street Journal said, “This is the way sci-fi ought to be.”
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