19 December 2007

Standard SF genre fiction about an interesting idea

The Coming of the Quantum Cats

Frederick Pohl
Bantam Books, 1986 (out of print)

I first read the beginning half to two-thirds of this story in serial form, back in the days when I subscribed to Analog. Having re-read the story almost twenty-years later, I'm sorry to report that this is a standard genre SF novel. It explores the possibilities of the multiple-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics, which is not bad at all, and the author even has fund creating "alternate reality" variations on the characters, but there's nothing outstanding about the novel either.

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