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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Baen (January 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416521003
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416521006
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #515,822 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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"In the tradition of golden age science fiction... THE QUANTUM CONNECTION explodes with inventive action... dazzling... cutting-edge scientific possibilities." - Publishers Weekly."

Customer Reviews

I think the problem is that this story line is long enought for three or maybe four books and not two.
D&S Pete
Doc Taylor writes with the flavor of SciFi stories from the 1930s-1960s and his story are very much like those of E. E. "Doc" Smith.
Second, good science fiction has to have a story line that holds my interest - Quantum Connection did that VERY well.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Rick Boatright on April 15, 2005
Format: Hardcover
First, and foremost, I liked this book. It was a fast read, was gulped down, and was enjoyable eye candy.

It is also very hard SF. Solid science, reasonable workability of all the science-y stuff. Well done that.

But if you're thinking you're going to get "Dragon's Egg" or "Mission of Gravity" think again. If you're looking for a modern equivalent, it's Robert Forward's "TimeMaster".

It's an action oriented adventure tale, but again, you're NOT getting Varley's "Red Thunder." The details of how they do things are VERY glossed over in this book. You can't "see" the spaceships, the nano-technology happens off stage, no one explains it, it just suddenly, near-magically works.

On the other hand, NO ONE has been writing high-tech space opera lately. The tradition once firmly held by Doc Smith is an open void in the SF arena amoung major publishers. Fans of this sort of story have had to claw through the tables at the SF conventions and browse the on-line catalogs of minor publishers.

I hope this experiment of Baen's succeeds. Hard SF action-adventure romps are FUN to read. Just don't expect the good guys do have a lot of angst or suffer a lot of moral quandries. (Neither did Kimball Kinnison much, or Star Jones.)

Doc Taylor has attempted to carve himself a niche in the modern SF market. I hope he succeeds.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By P. Gibbs on May 30, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is a great action story with the added "oomph" of cutting-edge speculative fiction about quantum physics. Having a Master Degree in Physics and a Ph.D. in Optical Science and Engineering, Dr. Taylor knows the truly strange and almost counter-intuitive world of quantum physics. In quantum physics the concepts of space and time have to be flexible in order to explain how sub-atomic particles behave. So it does not take too much speculation to imagine a warp speed drive if you can "scale up" the faster than light phenomena predicted by quantum physics to real world proportions. (Warp Speed was the title of the first book in this series, and it appears to work pretty well to read them out of order).

The story starts out with the aftermath of a world catastrophe when our protagonist, Steve Montana, is "slumming it" after losing his family to one of a series of unexplained meteorite strikes that fell all over the world and wiped out a significant portion of California. Steve is a talented, self-taught, programmer. When he commits serious acts of computer hardware and programming wizardry for a customer with an obsolete computer game console, he is talent-spotted for an ultra top-secret government (weird) science program. Now this will sound strange in a plot synopsis, but it works: Steve is abducted by aliens and has to fight to save his life and that of a fellow abductee, a Russian female, while onboard the alien starship orbiting Saturn. It is all connected because the government program's objective is to build up our military faster-than-light capability to defend against those aliens.

The imaginative scope of Quantum Connection reminds me of the old Lensmen novels of E.E. "Doc" Smith.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Arthur W. Jordin on September 10, 2009
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The Quantum Connection (2005) is the sequel to Warp Speed. It is set about three years after the Rains, the widespread destruction attributed to meteorites, but actually caused by enemy action.

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.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Reader VINE VOICE on September 25, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Of course it is just comic-book mind candy. But it does so very well.

Hope there is no sequel? Then why is super-bad-guy Lex Luther (excuse me, Opolawn) not destroyed, but only isolated for a while?

I read this one without reading Warp Speed. I was about 100 pages into it and suddenly laughed out loud. This IS a great revival of the EE Smith genre. I say that as one who started reading SF when the mag covers were always a scanty clad human female in the grip of a BEM. I have not actually read Doc Smith in at least 40 years.

Lots of psudo-science lectures interspersed with comic-book super-hero action. Of course the superhero begins as a fat, depressed nerd stranded in delayed adolesence. Once he learns how to say SHAZAM! (communicate with the alien computer) all with be made right, including a set of six-pack abs. This too is a part of the proto-story.
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Travis S. Taylor: "Doc" Taylor to his friends:has earned his soubriquet the hard way: He has a doctorate in optical science and engineering, a master's degree in physics, a master's degree in aerospace engineering, a master's degree in astronomy, and a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering. Dr. Taylor has worked on various programs for the Department of Defense and NASA for the past sixteen years. He's currently working on several advanced propulsion concepts, very large space telescopes, space-based beamed energy systems, and next generation space launch concepts. He lives in Harvest, AL with his wife Karen and their daughter.

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