High above the windswept plains of Kazakhstan, three astronauts on board a Russian Soyuz capsule begin their reentry. A strange shimmer in the atmosphere, a blinding flash of light, and the capsule vanishes in a blink as though it never existed.
On the ground, evidence points to a catastrophic failure, but a communications facility halfway around the world picks up a transmission that could be one of the astronauts. Tragedy averted, or merely delayed? A classified government project on the cutting edge of particle physics holds the clues, and with lives on the line, there is little time to waste.
Daniel Rice is a government science investigator. Marie Kendrick is a NASA operations analyst. Together, they must track down the cause of the most bizarre event in the history of human spaceflight. They draw on scientific strengths as they plunge into the strange world of quantum physics, with impacts not only to the missing astronauts, but to the entire human race.
"The Martian" is a procedural book about engineering -- set in the near future. It is fairly "hard" engineering. Not a lot of extras. Quantum Space is similar, it is a definitely "hard" nuclear physics story set in the very near future. I enjoyed it greatly -- and the somewhat reserved nature of the narration added to the overall effect of being a fly on the wall as scientists think about a problem. Based on the author's comments at the end, the physics are fair in the sense that although it is an imagined extrapolation, up to the point it departs from the present understanding, it is correct. He also states that it will be part of a series -- which is good.
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First, let me say that had I not been stuck in my car, I would have stopped listening after the first hour.
In addition to the handful of mildly racist and misogynistic moments in the novel, the writing was not very sophisticated. I assume that this is a first time author.
None of the characters were relatable or even interesting. A few were introduced as if they were going to be important to the story and then never mentioned again. The ones who remained behaved like robots trying to emulate human behavior and mannerisms... poorly.
This was not helped by the fact that the reader sounded like an automated voice from a GPS. Mostly flat affect, with the occasional odd inflection on a word. If I’d been told that this was Google’s latest attempt at voice synthesis I would have easily believed it.
The one saving grace is that the story, though ludicrous, was mildly interesting. Strangely enough, the futuristic science was the most believable part. The politics, action, and romance was silly at best and totally unrealistic at worst.
Unfortunately, the story ends abruptly, presumably in attempt to hook the reader/listener into buying the next one in the series which is announced by the author at the end (No, thanks!). This fit perfectly with the inconsistent pacing and unnecessary side stories, which had virtually no impact on the plot.
There are plenty of other cheesy sci-fi novels out there that are way more entertaining than this one. Read or listen to one of those instead.
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Lots of great real science background in this one, and with just a bit of science technobabble on top to stretch concept into the real of fiction. The author takes the time at the end to detail which bits are made up nonsense and which bits are accepted science.
The writing is solid, and in fact I appreciated a few places were some standard plot tropes were avoided. If those common paths had been taken -- and there were obvious places to put them -- it would have been a lesser book.
The narration was okay but not great. It wasn't annoying in any way, but the voices weren't really very different from on another and the tone was a little dry. It didn't get in the way of the story, but it did make it a bit easier for the mind to wander and lose track.
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Intrepid male investigator - see any Dan Brown novel - works with a variety of empowered women to investigate a mystery. Unlike Dan Brown novels, no traipsing about interesting European locales; takes place mostly in lab or office settings. Provides many long tutorials on quantum physics, string theory and the author's own fantasy physics. Through sheer cleverness, world-changing information is revealed. Becomes more improbable with each passing chapter. Dialog is often cringe-worthy. Narrator's at-all-times breathless rendition is wearying. Was interested at first but began wishing it would just end.
This was a fun romp through near term theoretical physics. I will purchase the next one when available. I have a feeling the best is yet to come. Well done Mr. Phillips.
Story started a bit slow for my taste and the writing felt like a first novel in the first 3rd of the book...but the author found his groove and delivered a solidly enjoyable science fiction tale. I felt the fiction departed too much from a proper interpretation of the science and mathmatics it was built on. for example, I don't think that you would be remotely recognizable looking at yourself from a 4th dimensionional perspective. My gut (pardon the pun) tells me that viewing the entirety of yourself would be more incomprehensible than this. In any case I enjoyed the story and felt it was a credit well spent.
What did you love best about Quantum Space?
Good solid premise and I liked the characters.
What other book might you compare Quantum Space to and why?
Any other first contact book
What does Kirby Heyborne bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
He is a good narrator. Was about the story, not him.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
Any additional comments?
Solid book. Hoping for the 2nd on Audible soon.
This is the best hard science fiction book I've encountered since Sagan's "Contact"!
Douglas Philips has created an inspiring story of first contact woven together with the exciting potential of discovery in the field of quantum physics.
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Get ready to get hooked on quantum! You will be Googling your thumbs off. Lots of fun!
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