The Collapsium

The Collapsium In this stunningly original tale acclaimed author Wil McCarthy imagines a wondrous future in which the secrets of matter have been unlocked and death itself is but a memory But it is also a future im

  • Title: The Collapsium
  • Author: Wil McCarthy
  • ISBN: 9780553584431
  • Page: 241
  • Format: Paperback
  • In this stunningly original tale, acclaimed author Wil McCarthy imagines a wondrous future in which the secrets of matter have been unlocked and death itself is but a memory But it is also a future imperiled by a bitter rivalry between two brilliant scientists one perhaps the greatest genius in the history of humankind the other, its greatest monster.The Collapsium In aIn this stunningly original tale, acclaimed author Wil McCarthy imagines a wondrous future in which the secrets of matter have been unlocked and death itself is but a memory But it is also a future imperiled by a bitter rivalry between two brilliant scientists one perhaps the greatest genius in the history of humankind the other, its greatest monster.The Collapsium In a world of awesome technology, the deadly substance called collapsium has given humans all the powers and caprices including immortality of the gods they once worshiped Composed of miniature black holes, collapsium allows the instantaneous transmission of information and matter as well as humans throughout the solar system But while its reclusive inventor, Bruno de Towaji, next dreams of probing the farthest reaches of spacetime, Marlon Sykes, his ambitious rival in science and in love has built an awesome telecommunications network by constructing a ring of collapsium around the sun It appears Sykes may be the victor until a ruthless saboteur attacks the ring and sends it falling toward the sun Now the two scientists must put aside personal animosity to prevent the destruction of the solar system and every living thing within it.

    Activated Synonyms, Activated Antonyms Thesaurus Nuwell activated it, and they went through it into the big building When you threw that switch, it sent out an impulse that activated them Behind the collapsium shielding, they wouldn t have been activated. Lost in Transmission A Queendom of Sol Novel The Lost in Transmission is the third of Wil McCarthy s novels set a few centuries in the future in the Queendom of Sol and successor states I have enjoyed all these novels, and I feel they are improving as the series continues. List of fictional elements, materials, isotopes and This list contains fictional chemical elements, materials, isotopes or subatomic particles that either a play a major role in a notable work of fiction, b are common to several unrelated works, or c are discussed in detail by independent sources. Chung Kuo The Middle Kingdom Book David Wingrove Chung Kuo The Middle Kingdom Book David Wingrove on FREE shipping on qualifying offers The Year is China has once again become a world unto itself and this time its only boundary is space The world is City Earth Science Fiction Book Reviews Concatenation Links to Science Fiction book reviews listed alphabetically by author on the Science Fact and Science Fiction Concatenatation site SF. Antigravity Atomic Rockets This section is both for Antigravity things that fight the force of gravity such as matter that falls upwards, gravitational repulsion and gravity shielding Paragravity gravity generators, where you put electricity into one end and synthetic gravity comes out the other Yes, the two categories tend to blur into each other sometimes. Buffy Speak TV Tropes Child of the Storm vacillates between this, Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness and Sophisticated as Hell on a regular basis, partly because the author was a very well educated teenager in the first couple of years of writing it, and partly because he s a self admitted massive Buffy fan Harry, the main character, is somewhat prone to it, while the Deuteragonist, Carol, is definitely prone to it.

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    1. A lot of science fiction literature takes a somewhat negative view of scientific progress, 'cautionary tales' that point out the problems with scientific inquiry. I enjoy a lot of stories like that, but, when that type of story becomes too dominant within the genre, you end up with a very pessimistic view of things - I once heard an author refer to Michael Crichton's entire publishing history as "Here's a great scientific idea - AND HERE'S HOW IT WILL KILL US ALL."Fortunately, there are also boo [...]

    2. I loved this book for many reasons. The plot was strong (didn't seem to be going anywhere at first, but my patience was rewarded), the science was "hard" (I love hard scif, especially with explanatory appendices, glossaries, equations and backstory, as this one had!), and the antagonist was particularly interesting. In addition, McCarthy could have gone down some gratuitous paths when the book made a very, very dark turn about half way through, but he chose not to be gratuitous, and that really [...]

    3. Humanity has discovered Collapsium and Wellstone, substances that have made possible immensely powerful computers, teleportation and even immortality. “Faxes” allow the creation of any conceivable thing, from food to servitor robots to spaceship components. “Fax gates” allow teleportation and even duplication of people. The inventor of said substances, Bruno de Tovaji, is now living in self-imposed exile on his own asteroid in the Oort Cloud. Here he conducts experiments aimed at “seei [...]

    4. The first half was a bit of a merry go-round of a story. It seemed to go round in circles going nowhere.Problem occurs, help sought, problem fixed.The problem- the Collapsium, a highly dangerous project that will put a ring of crystals, composed of tiny black holes, around the sun that would increase the efficiency of transferring data and people.The Collapsium comes into danger of falling into the sun a handful of times, and seems to be fixed by ideas that come from the brain of one Bruno de To [...]

    5. A gem from the dark age of Science Fiction of the "00s"It seemed that during period of 2000-2009, we had lot of SF that attempted to really push the envelope of possibility in the realm of physics. You have some notable authors that really excelled at it and some that published works that little more than a physics lecture with a spaceship on the cover. There are authors that did blend entertainment with science to fashion great stories. This is one of them. The concept of Programmable Matter mi [...]

    6. 'In the eighth decade of the Queendom of Sol, three things form the backbone of civilisation:WELLSTONE: programmable matter of almost magical propertiesCOLLAPSIUM: a deadly crystal composed of miniature black holes, indispensable for the transmission of matter and information through the solar system.And…RIVALRY: a bitter competition between Her Majesty’s two most brilliant scientists. It is a rivalry that will threaten everything.Combining rigorous hard science with the lyrical beauty of Mi [...]

    7. The Collapsium opens with a wonderful novella, "Once Upon a Matter Crushed" (first published in SF Age 5/99). In the late 25th century, in the 8th decade of the Queendom of Sol, gravitation and the zero-point field are pretty well understood. "Neubles," diamond-clad neutronium spheres, are in everyday use -- a standard industrial neuble masses a billion tonnes, and has a radius of 2.67 cm. Our hero, wealthy super-scientist Bruno de Towaji, is experimenting with collapsium, a dangerous, metastabl [...]

    8. This book is a solid 4.5 stars; it`s imaginative, complex, original, evokes humor and pathos in equal measures and has footnotes that inform and entertain. Capsule review: In a solar empire based on a figurehead monarchy, a genius is interrupted from his research by a series of accidents related to a mega-engineering project that threatens the sun. The writing style is that faux-victorian pastiche that`s been kicking around since steampunk got rolling, but it`s fully subverted here by a setting [...]

    9. A few weeks ago I was flipping through the New York Times Book Review when I came across a brief, favorable review for this science fiction tale. This one was pretty wild too. The author is a former rocket scientist who now works in the field of commercial robotics so the science within The Collapsium is both informed and a little dizzying. But you don't need to be a rocket scientist to enjoy this book (or even a super genius like me). The hero of the story is the brilliant scientist Bruno de To [...]

    10. This book took some getting used to. It remined me of John C. Wright's The Golden Age trilogy. I think it was partly the style and partly that it was set in the "far" future where mankind hasn't traveled beyond the solar system.The book is written in 3 parts and it seemed to me like they were originally 3 seperate stories combined into a novel. At the start of parts 2 and 3 there was a recap of the previous part. Not that that's a bad thing, but some editing to remove this may have helped.I foun [...]

    11. Ciencia ficción hard envuelta en un ropaje fantasioso, no fantasía de guerreros y magia, si no la de los cuentos de hadas. La fórmula funciona, no al 100% pero funciona. Pero por ejemplo a pesar que las explicaciones de los elementos más hard han sido sacadas a un apéndice, sigue habiendo partes sobre física gravitacional y cuántica bastante densas. No que me moleste, pero no se si será digerible para todo tipo de lector.En cuanto a la historia propiamente dicha, pues las 3 partes en q s [...]

    12. This was a book I picked up on vacation from a take one leave one library. It is a perfect book for just that - vacation and leave it when you're done. It was easy to read, easy to put down, never particularly exciting, but interesting enough to pick up again. The characters were pretty one-dimensional, inspiration hit the "hero" as needed, and the science was a fun exploration of physics, but there wasn't really anything I took away from the story. Space opera is the genre I'd put it in.

    13. It was a fairy tale. A science fiction fairy tale. Don't start reading this expecting your average space opera. Actually, maybe you should. I expected harder science fiction, and was pleasantly surprised and amused by the constant footnotes and appendices, and the whimsical plot twists. It was a very entertaining book. And a lot of the science was at least kind of backed up. Oh, and don't worry, it's not some kind of Buck Rodgers knock-off or anything. It's pretty good.

    14. Not as good as I expected from the reviews. It was certainly imaginative, and a solid grounding in Physics and the current state of the art was evident, but for me it was too much of the EE Doc Smith with a single scientist hero running around solving all the worlds ills on the spot. It also read as three shorts bolted together rather than one overall narrative which was a little disappointing as this wasn't obvious from the blurb.

    15. I started this book with high hopes, based on the premise. By the end of it, I was grinding my teeth and shouting at the author for having wasted his novel idea with his poor writing. An unconvincing villain, characters who barely grew or changed at all over the course of the story, and sudden changes in narration style so that McCarthy could cover for his own deficiencies as an author combined to make this book one that I would never recommend to another reader.

    16. As far as story goes it's not too bad. Three interlinked stories featuring the same characters.Very driven by the science within the universe. I really liked the science part of it, and the story was made to fit the science. Not a bad read at all, just not at the top of favorite science fiction stories.I enjoyed Bloom (also by McCarthy) more than this one.

    17. I enjoyed the series and I enjoyed this novel but the main character as a super hero of science with one guy knowing all can get tiring. I would just enjoy it for the physics and ideas and enjoy that someone decided to pack as much hard science into a space opera as possible.

    18. This was a very enjoyable book, chock full of cool ideas, with several appendicies, annotations, and footnotes explaining the far out yet plausible inventions and substances involved in this amazing novel.

    19. Reminiscent of John C. Wright's "Golden Age", but with more wishfulphysics and less classical allusion. Quite enjoyable, eventually, although in the second story I did start to find the whimsical tone a little grating.

    20. Novela de ciencia ficción transhumanista con aire naif. Personajes y trama demasiado simples y predecibles para mi gusto.

    21. If you like physics, you may like this book. I enjoyed the story of it, but I would have to say that my favorite part was all the theoretical technology and physics.

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