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Threader Origins

(Quantum Empirica #1)

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This first book of a new sci-fi series introduces an alternate earth where powerful Threads have the power to alter reality as we know it.

Pulled from his world by an experiment gone wrong, Darwin Lloyd is one of the few that can see the Threads--quantum strings that can be manipulated to change or control reality. On an alternate Earth ravaged by war, Darwin is torn betwee
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Hardcover, 384 pages
Published January 12th 2021 by Daw Books
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Julie Czerneda
Mar 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Wow. This is such a terrific combination of found family, determined credible characters, and exciting plot--but that's not the best part. The depictions of power, of envisioning possible futures and crafting them, of the impact of choices is brilliantly done. High recommended! ...more
Tammy
Jan 24, 2021 rated it liked it
The nitty-gritty: Threader Origins had a lot of potential, but a sluggish middle section made this an uneven read for me.

Threader Origins has a great hook: a machine called the Quantum Power Source, designed as a solution to the world’s energy needs, misfires and pushes a young undergrad into a dystopian parallel world where everyone seems to be after him due to his abilities to see and manipulate “threads.” The story gets off to a great start, and I was immediately pulled into Darwin’s story, b
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Michele
Jan 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
If you like dystopian worlds and science fiction, I highly recommend this book! Gerald Brandt, the author of Threader Origins, has created a unique storyline that will draw you in from the start. The plotline held my attention, and there was just enough character development to satisfy this character-loving audiobook junkie.

In this book, Darwin is pulled into another reality by the threads. Wait? What are threads? You wouldn’t believe me if I told you. Listen to the audiobook, and you will get
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Virginia
May 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a really fun read! Playing on the topics of string theory and alternate universes, this is an exhilarating adventure following a young man who finds himself in a world ravaged by war and realizes he has a unique ability that could end the war for good.

The story follows the sometime likeable, sometimes frustrating Darwin Lloyd, a college student withdrawn from the world after his mother's death. He and his father have a bizarre relationship where they're constantly walking on eggshells
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Ernest
Dec 19, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Darwin thought the project he was helping his father with was an attempt to create a quantum physics-based power supply for the good of all. But when the device is turned on and cranked up to full power, the pain in his head makes him black out...only to wake up on an alternate post-apocalyptic Earth, where a religious cult has formed around their world's version of the machine. Though he has no idea how he jumped from world to world, or even what's happened to him, Rebecca, the leader of the Qa ...more
Thomas
Feb 04, 2021 rated it liked it
Brandt, Gerald. Threader: Origins. Quantum Empirica No. 1. DAW, 2021.
In a recent interview, Gerald Brandt tells us that, in Threader, he was trying to find the sweet spot between science fiction and fantasy, and a brief allusion in the novel suggests that he was aiming for something like Jack L. Chalker’s Midnight at the Well of Souls (1977) in which a starship captain discovers an ancient alien machine that controls the structure of the universe as a whole. For me, though, Threader seems almost
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Daniel
Mar 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
Started slow but ended up okay. Certain people known as threaders can manipulate cosmic emanations or quantum threads. These allow travel in time and space in the multiverse.
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