Review of 'The Collapsium'

The Collapsium by Wil McCarthy

Bruno de Towaji is a recluse living on a planet he designed himself orbiting around a sun he also designed, and built, himself far from earth and “the Queendom” – An elected monarchy headed by a Queen. His technical expertise as the inventor of “Collapsium” (a truly magical construct used to power many of the fantastic scientific wonders in this book) is called upon to save the Queendom from the collapse of it's latest technical wonder: The Ring Collapsiter that will make possible near instantaneous communication from one side of the sun to the other. Together with Marlon Sykes, Bruno saves the day with his incredible scientific knowledge over and over again. Things, however, are not as they seem and Bruno's expertise is stretched to the limit to combat the final disaster. The story is heavy on technical details, details I am afraid were quite lost on me but the sence of wonder was not with McCarthy making this world come alive. The writing is simple with the characters acting with the utmost coolness and “appropriateness” (along with wit and intelligence). A good, light (if you can not bother yourself too much with some of the more detailed physics) read.

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Genre: Science Fiction


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