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The Quantum Magician

Narrated by: T. Ryder Smith
Length: 13 hrs and 8 mins
4 out of 5 stars (8 ratings)
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Summary

The breathtaking debut from acclaimed short story writer Derek Kunsken

Belisarius is a quantum man, an engineered Homo quantus who fled the powerful insight of dangerously addictive quantum senses. He found a precarious balance as a con man, but when a client offers him untold wealth to move a squadron of warships across an enemy wormhole, he must embrace his birthright to even try. In fact, the job is so big that he'll need a crew built from all the new sub-branches of humanity. If he succeeds, he might trigger an interstellar war, but success might also point the way to the next step of Homo quantus evolution.

©2018 Derek Kunsken (P)2018 Recorded Books

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Great story. from the beginning to the end.

The science behind it felt very real.
I could really imagine the world and characters with great detail.

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  • DJ Blount
  • 13-10-18

Amazing

The book was a caper mixed with a love story. Very well done. The Narration was amazing and it was times I had to stop what I was doing and brace myself during a climactic scene.

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  • Arthur Sippo
  • 12-11-18

A fantastic read with hard science and lots of imagination.

In the style of Alastair Reynold, we have a unique story about hybrid humans in the future who are dealing with the problems of transhumance tinkering of human minds and bodies. It kept my interest from start to finish. I think we have a new SciFi star author being born!

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  • Zach
  • 08-11-18

Just when I had given up.... jack pot!

I read a lot of sci-fi because I like smart , imaginative stories. Sometimes I worry that I’ve read all the sci-fi that suits my preferences.

I enjoyed this book so much. It’s has hard science combined with creativite concepts and creates totally fresh cultures / species. The Puppets blew my mind. The author reveals more about the cultures as the book progresses.

Because reviews help me to decide I’m going to list some authors I enjoy:

Joel Shepherd, Alastair Reynolds, M Banks, Hamiliton , Morgan, Donaldson, Asher , Watts , Robinson, Gibson, and others but you get the idea.

I hope this helps.

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  • Helena T.
  • 03-01-19

In my - ‘love to reread’ list.

What’s not to love about a story you can become totally absorbed in?

I particularly loved the resonance of the different characters, in terms of their language differences. It was only the latter part of the story, during the heist, that I could imagine them more fully (that for me was a bit of a downside). Having said that, it’s so hard to pick a favourite character from the team - but the colourful language of Stills was some of the funniest cursing sequences I’ve ever heard. I loved them! Marie was amazing and much of her persona was given greater depth by T. Ryder Smith.

If you want pace, this is for you. If you like the idea of the Ocean’s Eleven series crossed with Mission Impossible but on a galactic stage, this is for you.

I gave this performance rating because ... T. Ryder Smith is an outstanding storyteller, reading this as the fast paced, energized story it is, but still left additional urgency for the climax. A thrill to listen to.

I gave this story rating because ... If you think hard sci-fi is emotionally barren - THINK AGAIN! It’s science, yes; be prepared to laugh out loud, frown at some worldly atrocities, embrace the weird, and sealed with a kiss. Impossible - right? No: Derek Kunsken, is, a true magician of story.

Overall, I was totally absorbed, and I can’t wait to find out if the story continues.

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  • Kukhri
  • 09-12-18

Hard SF at it's best

This was packed with so many interesting ideas, I thought it would run out of steam after the premise was laid out. But the heist story continues to deliver details about the biological imperatives of engineered humans leaving always you wanting to hear more. Combined with the perfect reading, this was a wholly enjoyable book, on par with The Three Body Problem and other recent notables in the category.

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  • William Ledbetter
  • 07-12-18

My kind of SF

Loved this book. One of the best I've read all year. The author created a very rich, dark and interesting future for humanity,and one filled with amazing characters. Marie was my favorite. What a loose cannon! The complexity and imagination reminded me of books like "Hyperion" and "The Reality Dysfunction." Good stuff! More please.

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  • Ocean State Prime
  • 20-11-18

entertaining sf

An entertaining read with interesting and some over-the-top characters. Could be considered YA except for the crude language of one of the characters. Much in the vein of some classic science fiction such as The World of Null-A or the Stainless Steel Rat series. There are many mentions of multi-dimensional physics and genetics topics that seem to have put off other reviewers on this site, but it's nothing out of the ordinary for a regular science fiction reader.

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  • Rider
  • 14-02-19

I tried several times...

In the end I returned the book. Too hard to follow and understand and the narration was heavy with an accent I found hard to listen too.

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  • donald
  • 21-01-19

Hard-ish Science Fiction

If you have Enjoyed Iain M. Banks give this a try. Hard Science Fiction mostly. Rated PG-13 for language. Great Narrative Performance.

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  • gjm
  • 02-01-19

An instant classic

Imaginative hard science fiction mixed with realistic characters and excellent world building; the start of something that will last a long time. A throwback to thinking science fiction as much as action adventure. I won't go into detail. Buy it. You'll understand.