Nebula Award Finalist: A team of physicists trying to develop fusion power via a new development in plasma physics, a Sonomak, accidentally stumbles on a method to create picoverses, which replicate everything in our universe but on a smaller scale.
A disastrous test of the Sonomak machine shakes things up and a new project director, previously unknown to the group, is appointed.
Alexandra has her own secret priorities and one of them is to escape from her superiors into one of the picoverses. To do this, she needs the researchers to execute her plan. Unfortunately, things go amiss and the team finds itself stuck in a picoverse duplicating 1920s Earth, but with its own version of a Sonomak, vacuum tubes and all. On the local team are Werner Heisenberg and Albert Einstein. As the pace of the story accelerates, the original team races from one picoverse to another, trying to return to their home base and thwart Alexandra’s plans. In a clash of alternate realities, the fate of Earth and the entire universe hangs in the balance. Cosmic rabbits need to be pulled from alternate-universe hats before this tale comes to a satisfying—and scientifically rigorous—end.
Robert Metzger writes classic hard science fiction, but he does so in a way that emphasizes excitement and adventure, and shows the science in a way that makes it accessible and fascinating.
- Pub Date
- Open Road Integrated Media
About the author
Robert A. Metzger
Robert A. Metzger has spent his entire life in the Los Angeles area, including his stint at UCLA, where he received a doctorate in electrical engineering, and his current stint at the Hughes Research Laboratories in Malibu, where he grows thin film materials for high-speed transistors by a process called "molecular beam epitaxy." His short stories have appeared in Aboriginal SF and Weird Tales, and he writes a science column called "What If?" that appears in Aboriginal SF. He lives with no cute pets, has no endearing hobbies, and hates yogurt with a passion that most people reserve for ax-murderers. He reads supermarket tabloids, refuses to wash his car, and has managed to convince several people that lettuce is his favorite food. He sold Picoverse, a major science fiction novel, to Berkley Publishers.