Sunday, April 12, 2015

Superposition - David Walton

David Walton
Pyr, Apr 7 2015, $17.00
ISBN 9781633880122

“Up Spin.”  Physicist Jacob Kelley is arrested for the murder of his former colleague at the New Jersey Super-Collider Brian Vanderhall.  All Jacob wants is to be home with his family, but in court the professor’s quantum physics defense increasingly condemns him as no one on the jury or even his lawyers who mount the Brian alive and dead at the same time argument understands what he is claiming; while the judge and prosecution don’t care to even try.

“Down Spin.”  A frazzled Brian Vanderhall visits his best friend and former colleague at the New Jersey Super-Collider Jacob Kelley.  Not long afterward, Brian is murdered with the police targeting Jacob as the chief suspect.  No time to get arrested with his wife and children missing, Jacob frantically searches for his beloved family while fearing Brian’s killer got to them.

With a nod to Trevor Hoyle’s late 1970s Professor Q books (See The Gods Look Down, Seeking the Mythical Future and Through The Eye of Time), Superposition is an intriguing science fiction whodunit that rotates between the Up and Down Spins.  The split interrelated subplots and the science supporting them make for a brilliant tale in spite of knowing much earlier than the bi-hero what is going on and perhaps as important what is not.  Fans who prefer science in their SF will want to read the tale of the two Jacobs as the protagonist(s) affirms that a person can be in two places at the same time in the strange world of quantum physics.

Harriet Klausner

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