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4.05  ·  Rating details ·  220 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Ed MacPherson is your college whiz-kid hyper-scientist: wormholes, time travel, heavy stellar engineering. When the aliens attack and you need a giant robot to fight them, he's your guy. When a galaxy goes missing, he's the one who misplaced it.

But there's something wrong in the dark layers of Ed's universe... and the problem might just be Ed himself...
Kindle Edition, 126 pages
Published October 27th 2013
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Aug 08, 2018 rated it liked it
A fun, easy read. Marrying adventure, silliness, and hard sci-fi concepts successfully, comparisons to Rick and Morty are inevitable, but not quite right. It's less crass, for one. It also gets more serious as it goes, and its sci-fi is a bit harder. But the comparison is a helpful one to give you a broad idea.

The short chapters at the start feel self-contained, and I initially wondered if it was a collection of short stories and I hadn't realised. It isn't, it just takes a few chapters for the
Andy Coleman
Oct 14, 2020 rated it it was ok

Meh. It starts out as a series of short stories about a super-genius, named Ed, and then the stories become chapters in an overarching plotline. There are entertaining parts but, at the end, it just doesn't feel like you've read a cohesive sci-fi story. And, because of the format, the technology side of the story doesn't really have time to be explored. In fact, there are several times where "magic" is used as the explanation for how it works as a way to say, "It's too comp
Anton Hammarstedt
Setting presentation, design and originality (how cool is the setting?): 2
Setting verisimillitude and detail (how much sense does the setting make?): 5
Plot design, presentation and originality (How well-crafted was the plot, in the dramaturgic sense?): 4
Plot and character verisimillitude (How much sense did the plot and motivations make? Did events follow from motivations?): 4
Characterization and character development: 3
Character sympatheticness: 3
Prose: 3
Page turner factor: 5
Mind blown factor:
Anthony O'Connor
Dec 17, 2020 rated it liked it

In bits very interesting. But in an attempt to be frenetic - Rick and Morty style - it just ends up too slap-dashed and thin. Whole galactic civilisations get a few lines. Towards the end it’s just scattered all over the place. Was this written in just a couple of coffee fuelled nights? Still, very promising and worth a quick read. At double the length and quadruple the depth and much more highly polished it could be very good.
Apr 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
Almost awesome.

What a fun, wonderful book. It reminds me of the way I felt reading Asimov as a kid.

My one quibble is the perfectly accurate, perfectly, wildly offensive description of the geek girl. Everything else is super cool. That one line, that one character, really sours the rest for me though.

Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great sci-fi! I read this online years ago and the reread didn't let me down. Love it ...more
Joseph F Cowan
Feb 22, 2021 rated it liked it
Not so great on the short story format

I loved Fine Structure, very good pace, nice coplicated structure, no pun. But not as fond of the format in this series of vignettes
Dec 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
A pleasant read but not quite as punchy as some of Hughes' other mind-bending vignettes ...more
Aug 01, 2017 rated it liked it
The short stories are cute. The story arc in the second half of the book tries way too hard, and ends up tanking the whole thing.
Nathan Calvert
Mar 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Ok so when it comes to short stories the Ed stories are the best
Valentin Buck
Nov 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Weird and wonderful! Generously over-the-top and somehow so familiar. Reminds me of the good old days!
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