- Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: Baen Books; 1 edition (Jan. 1 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1416521003
- ISBN-13: 978-1416521006
- Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 3 x 17.1 cm
- Shipping Weight: 204 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,479,016 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Quantum Connection Mass Market Paperback – Jan 1 2007
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From Publishers Weekly
In the tradition of Golden Age SF author E.E. "Doc" Smith, Taylor's amped-up sequel to Warp Speed (2004) explodes with inventive action. When nebbishy computer repairman Steve Montana wakes up in a flying saucer, about to be dissected by alien Grays, he starts behaving like the video-game warrior he's only imagined being until now. He slays the aliens, gets rid of their brain implant that's been causing his emotional instability, liberates fellow captive Titania, uses nanomachines to make the two of them superhuman and races back to a secret base on Earth's moon, where Americans are plotting strategy against the Grays. What the story lacks in characterization, it more than makes up for in plot complications. The scenes of hand-to-hand combat are mind-boggling. Thanks to their enhanced physiques, Steve and Titania can move their bodies so fast that they create sonic booms. Even more dazzling is the imaginative playfulness with which Steve creates new tactics, suggesting new cutting-edge scientific possibilities, which lead to even more revelations. Beneath the comic-book exuberance, there's plenty of stimulating and satisfying speculation. (Apr.)
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Usually I don't like the sequel more than the first book, but Taylor, to his credit, essentially starts over with a new set of characters here. And yeah, I like this one much more than the first.
While Taylor may not be Hemingway, when he gets his plot in gear, he gets the job done. This is great hard SF, with a golden age sensibility. The physics concepts and the problems involved in human relations with alien life that he explores are well integrated into the fast-moving plot of this swashbuckling space opera.
Ad astra par excellence!
In this novel, Steve Montana is a computer geek, specializing in software and with considerable knowledge of hardware and firmware. He developed his own operating system as a teenager and won college scholarships for his work. Then the Rains came and Steve lost his friends and family. He becomes clinically depressed.
Larry Waterford is a technical manager at Wright Patterson for the Innovative Concepts Group in the USAF Space Vehicles Directorate.
In this story, Steve is living in Dayton with his dog Lazarus and working at a virtual reality store. He had dropped out of college and is technical support for the VR store customers. One day a man drops off an old game system and Steve is asked to fix it.
The hardware repair is fairly easy and most of the computer disks only need cleaning and surface repair. But one disk is cracked and not playable even after cleaning and surface restoral. Steve forgets his woes for a while as he works on the hardware and software.
When the customer returns, he is impressed by Steve's efforts and the low price of the bill. Later, Larry returns and offers Steve a job with the Air Force if he returns to school. Steve is tired of working under the young VR store manager and the job looks interesting and lucrative, so he fills out the paperwork and enrolls for classes.
While in school, Steve works as a co-op student for the ICG at Wright Patterson. For his first term, Larry gives him a circuit board and asks him to reverse engineer it. Later, he has an exam question in the Advanced Microprocessors class that provides some insight into the circuit.
Steve finally gets his Top Secret clearance and is taken to Washington for a classified briefing. Then security denies him further clearance. Government agents search his apartment for classified data and kill Lazarus while the dog is protecting his home. Steve takes the body back to Bakersfield and buries it there.
This tale involves advanced aliens, superAgents, and warp drives. Steve meets a nice girl and develops a relationship. Then he makes friends with a computer program.
This story is a character study of a depressed technogeek. It involves schematic diagrams, quantum mechanics and pharmaceutical remedies for bipolar disorder. I enjoyed the technogeek part and related to the depression problems.
Steve was not very likeable at the beginning. He bonds with his dog and cries a lot. Then the feds kill his dog. Steve gets mad and develops a different personality.
This novel still resembles a space opera from the 1930s, much like the early works of John W. Campbell, Jr.. Still, it does have more rationale for the rapid technological advances than does the previous book. This is the last volume in the series, but the author went on to co-author some very interesting SF works with John Ringo and a new series on his own. Read and enjoy!
Recommended for Taylor fans and for anyone else who enjoys tales of alien relations, interstellar politics, and true romance.
-Arthur W. Jordin
As a writer myself, however, I do have some criticisms. I like to see speaker attributions after an opening clause, but Dr. Taylor often completed two or even three sentences before identifying the speaker. Many of these attributions included a wide variety of colorful actions, as well, instead the usual so-and-so said, which is more transparent. He also was quite the name dropper, referring to many other sci-fi authors and their works during the course of his book. Perhaps he was merely wanting to give credit where credit was due, but it got to be a bit irksome (I've noticed Koontz doing this, too).
Despite these few things I would have done differently myself, the book does what a book is supposed to do--captivate the reader and sell books--I assume it sells books; I bought a copy, anyway.