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Picoverse by Robert A. Metzger
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Mar 06, 14

Read from May 10 to 11, 2012

when i saw this title, i was like, 'oh boy! i bet this is about a parallel universe! derp!' i was really excited because i recently watched a star trek: voyager episode about parallel universes and wormholes and quantum physics and stuff, so it was awesome to see all that terminology in a book. particularly since i've never taken a class in physics, and enjoy learning about it in safe, math-free environments. like... science-fiction novels.

the book starts out really well. two scientists named katie and horst have created an accelerator that has the ability to heat plasma to unthinkable temperatures and thereby melt the fabrics of the universe, forming copies that branch out from their point of creation and form alternate histories.

sounds cool, right? yeah, at first it is cool. but then things start to get a bit heinleinesque (post-1950's heinlein) and the struggle for balance turns into a battle between a communist dominated world and amurrica's last stand, in humble ol' denver, colorado.

also, metzger relies on a cast of characters that are so cliche, it's laughable:

god-like being who is cruel for the "universe's own good"

asshole military man who is only out For His Own Interests

asshole scientist who only cares about his work - even if it harms others

overprotective psycho mother who lets her child get away with murder

autistic boy with scientific prowess that border on magical, destined to be The Savior

good ol' boy-type man who is "smarter" than the scientists despite his humble origins

and i spoke too soon about this not being a cautionary crichtonesque tale about the evils of science. crichton never really said that science will make you a commie. metzger does.

-sigh-

it was a really interesting concept. it's too bad it didn't pan out. maybe the author just didn't feel motivated, because he felt like his work was fading into obscurity. i can empathize with that, all right. why write if nobody reads? at the time that i reviewed this, this story only had 73 ratings.

one-point-five stars, rounded up the extra .5 for the weird science factor, as well as the parallel universe angle - and the creepy makers, that reminded me of the q-verse.
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05/10/2012 page 62
16.0% "omg it's like michael crichton only without all the 'science is evil' stuff. ♥"

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