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Fun SF in the Style of E.E. "Doc" Smith,
This review is from: The Quantum Connection (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. The story opens up to a conflict that encompasses a significant part of our galaxy with multiple alien races, practically none of whom qualify as friendly to humans. The callous attitude flows from the enormous technological gap between them and humans. It pays to be underestimated because the dynamism of the freedom-loving humans enables them to play a good catch-up game, while playing off of competing hostile alien races.
There is an exuberance to Taylor's fiction that hearkens back to the Golden Age of SF, with an All-American optimism that Real Men and Real Women can get into any scrap and come out of it victorious. So if you are feeling down about the world's prospects, treat yourself to Quantum Connection and you will enjoy a world where the good guys can become he-men (with help from nanotechnology) and the "good gals" are smart, beautiful (sometimes with a little help from nanotech) and can fight like hellcats alongside the good guys.