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From Publishers Weekly

Gould makes an auspicious debut with this playful and moving look at a hallowed science fiction concept: teleportation. Gould gives us no teleportation chambers, no shimmery beaming a la Star Trek , no worries about mingling one's own molecules with a fly's--here only one person can teleport, and he has no idea how he does it. David Rice, age 17, first "jumps" spontaneously in order to escape his abusive father. Having run away, he learns to control his strange talent, using it first to survive on the street and then to set himself up comfortably via bank robbery. Gould does not focus on moral implications so much as keep the plot moving quickly. David searches for his long-lost mother, meets and woos a girl, enjoys the pleasures of a leisurely life in New York and (despite his best efforts) eventually runs afoul of the authorities, who of course want to understand his powers and then put him to work for them. Short fiction has earned this author a reputation in "hard" science fiction, and he applies similar logic to teleportation (though he glosses over some points to make the story work). His warm, delightful and compulsively readable novel displays assured storytelling skill.
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From Library Journal

The sudden discovery of his teleportation ability rescues teenager David Rice from his abusive father. It also signals the beginning of a new life for the troubled young man. Gould's first novel features a hero who is not particularly wise and whose ethics are sometimes questionable, but whose yearnings and psychological turmoil ring true. A dollop of suspense and a dash of romance make this fast-paced sf adventure a good purchase for large libraries.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; 1st edition (August 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031285272X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312852726
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (249 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,203,436 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Steven Gould is the author of the New York Times Bestseller, Jumper, as well as, Wildside, Helm, Blind Waves, Reflex, Jumper: Griffin's Story, 7th Sigma, and Impulse as well as several short stories published in Analog, Asimov's, and Amazing, and other magazines and anthologies. Wildside won the Hal Clement Young Adult Award for Science Fiction and was nominated for the Prometheus Award. He has been on the Hugo ballot twice and the Nebula ballot once for his short fiction. Jumper was made into the 2008 feature film of the same name with Samuel L. Jackson, Jamie Bell, Rachel Bilson, and Hayden Christensen. Steve lives in New Mexico with his wife, writer Laura J. Mixon (aka M. J. Locke) and their two daughters, where he keeps chickens and studies and teaches Aikido and Iaido. In 2012 he traveled to Doha, Qatar where he discussed writing and science fiction with Qatari college students. He is working with James Cameron on the next Avatar movies and will write four books each corresponding to Avatar 1 through 4.

Jumper was one of the 100 most frequently banned books in America 1990-1999 per the American Library Association. The fourth Jumper book, EXO, will be out in September.

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62 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Dudley on May 4, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
It's good to see this book back in print after being unavailable for a long time. Perhaps it is a sign that Steven Gould is finally getting the recognition he deserves as a writer. Jumper was a great book, and Gould's next few books were not marketed as widely as a writer of his calibre should be. Despite looking for something new from him every month or so at the local Borders book store, I never even knew about his third and fourth books until his fifth came out recently.

Jumper was his first, and it was given to me by a friend who knew I was hard to please in my reading preferences. I have to say that this was one of the most enjoyable books I've ever read. As you can read in the synopsis, the main character, Davey, gains the ability to teleport. But unlike many writers who would focus the story on how and why he developed this ability, Gould instead writes about how an intelligent but not-quite-mature teenager might react to having this new ability. The actual science of it is never explained, but that doesn't detract from the story. The story is not about the ability. It's about the young man who has the ability.

Davey's reactions to suddenly finding himself with this ability are far more human than the urge to find out why. Unable to figure out why, he instead focuses on what to do with it. The early part is filled with self-serving trips to acquire stuff, and through the course of the story, Davey realizes that even these seemingly harmless actions have consequences. Some of the complications that arise later in the story are a direct result of his early endeavors with teleportation.

But Gould does not center the entire story on Davey's power. Life goes on, and the world around Davey proceeds apace even as he experiments.
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46 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Hinde on May 17, 2000
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I love to read this book again and again. It is light and yet absorbing, fast paced and yet it gets to the root of your emotions.

We are introduced to the main character, Davy Rice, as a young boy, escaping an abusive father. This is where the story starts because it is also the first time he experiences a Jump. Not that he believes it at first but this young lad has the ability to teleport.

OK, I know what you are thinking. That this is a tired old theme, already used to death in Sci-Fi. Well you are wrong. Steven Gould, has taken a refreshing look at this subject and deals with it in a realistic way. Davy, as a character, is very easy to understand and empathize with and for this reason we truly believe what is happening to him.

Before he can safely live a life away from his Father, Davy must get some cash, establish an identity, rent an apartment and all the things which you and I take for granted. This is made fascinating because he is a minor and has that special skill that no one is aware of. To complicate his life, Davy starts to fall for an older woman. A college girl who Davy impresses with his knowledge of the city and obvious wealth. Add to this the fact that his long lost Mother reenters the picture and Davy has a pretty full life.

This is just where the adventure begins. His mother becomes embroiled in a plane highjacking but Davy's efforts to involve himself are threatened by a police officer who is curious about his wealthy life style and questionable ID. The pace moves up to a higher level as Davy falls into international intrigue and ruthless terrorism.

This novel is a terrific first outing from Gould and I would recommend it to anyone who still has a little adventure left in their soul.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Robert A. Fishbein on February 16, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I saw the movie Jumpers on 2/14 and thought the the main idea - that of a jumper would make for great story. However I felt that the move was very flat and felt that it left out a lot of things.

The next day, I went to the bookstore looking for this book, thinking that it would fill in some gaps. Instead I found a completely different version of the story. The book is much more interesting and entertaining. I would definitely recommend the book to anyone who enjoys sitting back and enjoying a good story.
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Rob on October 4, 2010
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I bought the more expensive kindle edition (compared to the mass market paperback).

Now the story itself I thoroughly enjoyed. I am reviewing the quality of the kindle edition here.

The quality of the spelling is horrible. Almost every single page at the beginning of the book has a spelling error on it. Towards the end of the book the errors drop off to about one every three or four pages.

The most common error is any word that has a "cl" is now converted to a "d". So you will often read sentences like "The DOCK on the wall showed 8pm". It is jarring and takes you out of the story for a second or two. Sometimes you will get a word that makes no sense and you can't easily guess it either, for example "His wallet was SUFFER and thicker than usual".

It seems this ebook was created by scanning in the pages and using a computer to do optical character recognition, which would explain all the "cl" looking like a "d" to the computer.

If they had even bothered to do a quick proof read they would have picked this up right away as there was an error on the first page already!

The fact that this was the more expensive option is completely ridiculous. It stinks of a cheap scam if you ask me.
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