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A handful of collapsons in low orbit had become--seemingly overnight--a nested cage of fractured spacetimes, one within the other like wooden babushka dolls, magical ones, straining at the very underpinnings of universal law. And orbiting right overhead!
Towaji and Sykes labor to save the Queendom and outwit the saboteur trying to wreck the Ring, all the while burdened by a byzantine and bureaucratic social structure with demands for party appearances, verbal sparring, and quick thinking. While those of us who aren't physics mavens might quail at some of the terms and ideas McCarthy casually uses, it's his characters and story that make The Collapsium a book to savor, a complex and layered story in the grand tradition of science fiction's masters. --Therese Littleton --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
The characters are more well developed than in some hard scifi, the science side of it was well presented.
Highly recommended for McCarthy fans and anyone else who enjoys hard science fiction stories with decent plots and good characterization.
Maccarthy's physics is solid, while his speculations on future physics span the full range of plausibility, from "maybe" to "no way!"
This is my first McCarthy book and what an all around surprise. First off, great writing, full of sharp wit and engaging observations. Read morePublished 7 months ago by T. B.
ITS GREAT TO BE ABLE TO FIND THE BOOKS MY HUSBAND LOVES TO READ. NICE CONDITION FOR ITS AGE. WILL BE REREAD OVER & OVER.Published 16 months ago by Wendlyn M. Carrington
I love when a book is written with a bit of remove, so that you're not terribly anxious about what's going to happen, but the plot is compelling and so it remains a page-turner. Read morePublished on March 4, 2012 by milkfilledandroid
I've been waiting for a long time to get a hold of this book since it's out of print here in Japan. But I'm glad they published it again. Read morePublished on January 28, 2010 by Ryles
There's a lot of marketing done in the SF publishing world, where the marketing isn't reflecting the book properly. Read morePublished on February 3, 2009 by M-I-K-E 2theD
Decent book. The plus side is that it is readable, but there are some serious flaws as well. First of, the book starts off like a collection of short stories but when it finally... Read morePublished on July 23, 2007 by P. Breakfield IV
Don't get me wrong--this was a good book, I enjoyed reading it, and savored it up until the end. But apparently there are more books in this storyline, and I'm just not interested. Read morePublished on September 13, 2005 by ascetic
This truly is hard science fiction. Its good stuff. None of this Lois Mcmaster Bujold garbage, this guy actually understands what sci fi is. Read morePublished on August 13, 2005 by G. Nappi
McCarthy builds a world that continues to surprise throughout the entire book. There is enough solid and clever physics for hard science fiction fans to keep busy and enough... Read morePublished on July 15, 2005 by sabadash