Book Review: The Quantum Magician (The Quantum Evolution Book 1) by Derek Künsken
“The world has its own mysteries. We only begin to understand what they are after they’ve already passed.” “That’s a very quantum thing to say.”
The blurb talks about a con. Sure, there’s a sting–several of them–but expect much more. Excellent specie building, good inner voice, plenty of team building–and team breaking. Space opera action leavened with introspective musings.
“I’ll provide you moral and spiritual guidance.” “That sounds pointless, as I don’t have a soul. I’m simply trying to help you achieve your goals.” “You have a soul. I’ve been watching you for years. Your problem is your soul is torn in two.”
What an ensemble cast, including a saint! If I tell you, it spoils the fun. Not all homo sapiens, but very well drawn.
“You were giving me a line in my chapel, about this being fated. You meant to con me, but you were telling the truth.” “I said it because it was meaningful to you, like my nonexistent soul. Just because neither exists to me doesn’t mean they don’t exist for you. I’m homo quantus; I live in an observer-dependent world where very important things can exist and not exist at the same time.” “Somethings exist whether you believe them or not, including meaning.”
Hooray a science fiction author who takes gravity seriously.
“The book form has more explicit swearing that the Analog Magazine editor and I cleaned up for the serialization because Analog circulates in some high schools,” Künsken wrote on Goodreads.com. I’m with the editor; too much gratuitous swearing. Cost him a star.
“Are we going to get killed?” she whispered. “Saint Matthew is piloting. They’ll know what we did, probably in less than an hour. By then, we’ll have vanished.” “Like a magician?” He smiled. “A little bit.”