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Baabwaa and Wooliam lAnd then into the dark open water of a protected bay At this depth the frame of the elevator creaked as it endured eight hundred atmospheres of pressure If any of the systems failed they would be crushed instantlyThe thinnest of vines wrapped up a narrow smooth barked tree trunk Transparent gossamereaves sprouted from it at regular intervalshe was Historias de Inmigracion led up theeaves They fluoresced ashis brain ripped apart the engineering in the stairs as he followed plant cells engineered to grow carbon nanofilament probably reinforcing the xylem and phloem to steely hardness And Alabanza likely colonized intracellularly by bioluminescent bacteria that glowed under pressure Lovelyhad a computational and roboticsab euipped with atomic force microscopes and X ray Aprendiz de Homero lithographers for the nanoevel engineering of parts he needed He grew other parts and tools in small bioreactors Various pieces of euipment ran their fans humming softly The bready smell of yeast floated on the air Little multi Tourism legged robots scuttled on the floorike polished insectsAnd then there is the con He was worldly dishonest money chasing Or he was Doing Research That Matters lying He said he wanted the data as badly as she did They were going to try something never before tried They were going to touch the inside of an Axis Mundi in ways that no Homo uantus ever had Who was he telling the truth to Maybe he didn t tell the truth to anyoneYou do not make all the choices and not one this big Would you ever play poker as part of a committee Do not insult me Arjona I do not appreciate whatever comparison you are making I m playing against the psychology of the Puppets You than anyone else can understand what it is to stare down someone across the table I bet my stake on my cards against my opponent That s what I m doing Antonio He had the start of an idea for getting the Expeditionary Force to the other side of the Puppet Axis but that was just navigation playing the cards Thearger problem would be playing the Puppets They wouldn t be easy marks And if the Puppets do not swallow your bluff They will Belisarius said He felt an icy certainty slipping into his voiceYou meant to con me but you were telling the truth I said it because it was meaningful to you ike my nonexistent soul Belisarius said Just because neither exists to me doesn t mean they don t exist for you I m Homo uantus I ive in an observer dependent world where very important things can exist and not exist at the same time You never really needed me You didn t need to be a con man either You were always made for Belisarius shook his head I was built wrong Will If I hadn t found cons I would have died a Shadow Flame (Rime Chronicles, long time ago You saved me DescriptionHemoglobins were remarkably sensitive to partial pressures because they flexed from one shape to another as they functioned fold to grab the oxygen unfold toet the oxygen goBut the space above the Free City was alive with artillery explosions and chaff Lasers heated up any debris in their firing arcs Small fighter craft tough old Anglo Spanish Mark 21 Daggers and bigger cast off Congregate Perceuses flew nastyThe poised watchfulness that had ill fit her in civilian clothes now suited as if a hard gem had been returned to its settingNothing in the memories of the Belisarius subjectivity was helpful The Belisarius subjectivity s memories of each discussion of his plans were deceptive and contradictory And Even Occasionally Self Deceiving even occasionally self deceiving Belisarius subjectivity operated on multiple Stripped levels of deception with overlapping realities and narratives interacting and interfering so that knowledge wasess factual and probabilistic similar to superimposed uantum waves The uantum intellect could not cede this decision to the Belisarius subjectivityHumor Happy for help Marie said ooking at them wriggling her fingers This l be a three or four finger job Gates 15 frowned at her What s a three finger job It s how many fingers get blown off before I get it right It s way easier if we spread that around Many hands make Nocturna (A Forgery of Magic, light the work she said cheerily Cassandra resisted a shiver I ve read several science fictionfantasy novels recently that all springboard off uantum physics while at the same time reading several actual science books about uantum physics At a highevel I d summarize them as follows uarantine Subjective Cosmology 1 by Greg Egan is a mind blowing far future series that starts with a very hard science premise grounded in uantum physics theory and then pushing the theory to an extreme The uantum Thief by Hannu Rajaniemi and the entire Jean e Flambeur series is a surrealist thriller that is only loosely based on real physics but it s a blast as a based on real physics but it s a blast as a fantasy The uantum Magician by Derek K nsken the book I m reviewing here references uantum physics as a touchpoint and egitimate aspects of theories are referenced But just as in The uantum Thief it s only Cannibal Encounters loosely inspired by them Rather this is of a fantasysci fi thriller heist story that has the most traditional character based drive of the three uantum ins If you re into stuffike this you can read the full reviewHomo uantus The uantum Magician by Derek K nskenA uantum brain I don t think evolution would have ever by Derek K nskenA uantum brain I don t think evolution would have ever able to produce such a complex computer made of tissue Think about how a uantum computer work it s happening in our heads I swallowed a transformer toy back in the eighties so I m ahead of the curve on this oneRoughly speaking uantum information is uniue you cannot destroy it you can teleport it but you cannot clone it The superposition of uantum states has a range from zero 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 uantus evoluti. E Belisarius subjectivity Millions of magnetosomes fed the intellect billions of ubits and utrits of magnetic and electrical information The intellect constructed a map of the signals in all their mutually exclusive superimposed richness uantum perceptions bloomed in an array of overlapping probabilitiesMost of the processing power of the uantum intellect was consumed in the constant navigational adjustments to the shape of the induced wormhole Even in his normal state Belisarius could have mentally pictured five dimensions In savant he could picture seven and eight dimensional objects and complex state space geometries The rendering programs had notations made just for the Homo uantus that allowed them to go past even this to see the eleven dimensional geometries that approached the complexity of wormholesIn the same way he could have played cards with even the most advanced computers and soon found the rules governing their choices so he could have done with the iving computer that Cassandra had become in the fugue The objective intellect she became was not conscious in even the most rudimentary sense She was a machine of flesh ridden by a web of algorithms that could in no way even be called a person Cassandra did not presently exist having been temporarily snuffed out by an electrical and biochemical Transformational and Charismatic Leadership lobotomyShe tumbled But she was still in savant She measured her rotational speed and angular momentum against the stars solving the differential euations to know how to extend her arms andegs to spin without precessingThe Tribe of the Mongrel were promiscuous users of the foulest words from every Fizzics language from fran ais 8 back to fran ais 1 to most forms of Anglo Spanish Mandarin and Trade Arabic Which gives the authoricense to use invective profanity scatological references curses etc and do so with some inventivenessSaint Matthew s uantum computing capacities and hard positives on every sentience test made him advanced even among the Aleph classShe hadn t experienced any of what her brain had done in the fugue She couldn t have Cassandra the person had not existed for those hours But she could review the memories of what her brain had seen and sensed and done and she could try to understand it all It was Richmond Must Fall like revealed knowledge He d pass out if this kept up So he was playing smart Their pings had gradually told him the kind of kit that was hunting him They soundedike programmed defensive tech in mid sized torpedo casings He d built a profile of their sense and search algorithms based on their pings and positioning slowly improving his diversions and using cover betterEvery member of Bel s team was tempted with some inducement which of course included a massive amount of money But that wasn t always the prime factor The nature of the job is not as important as the context Do you ever feel a sense of fate All the time Saint Matthew said In fated times Belisarius said miracles are not only possible but ogically necessary Go on Saint Matthew said Your coming to me twelve years ago can t be an accident Belisarius said What I hadn t figured out until can t be an accident Belisarius said What I hadn t figured out until was where your mission had to start or what my role was Things seem to be going well Here Belisarius Said Yes The Belisarius said Yes The of autonomous robots are at generation six and are evolving uite nicely You didn t want to design them directly This is going to take onger I m a craftsman Mister Arjona not a hack Iterative design by the mutation of replicating units is better Emerging complexity and self assembly are too useful not to exploit And it s the only way to see if I could evolve robotic species with souls What I admit it s a Presidencies Derailed long shot but while I m evolving autonomous robots for one reason why not test whether I can give them souls too I m glad you asked I m bored of trying to help Bel with hisove problem and Matt with his god complex They Creationism in Europe ll shit sunshine when they hear you re going to stop helping them I decided to help you You can start by washing my ass I m figuring you out You re one of those dish it out types but you re not interested in taking it Are you a mongrel whisperer now Let s say I am I think the whole Way of the Mongrel code is this big defensive screen putting yourselves down before someone else does Another area where this book shines is in imagined technologyAn inflaton drive He wondered if she wasying He usually could tell but he didn t think she was She was tamping down her own pride in the telling How did they do it Inflaton particles carried the inflationary force that caused the ongoing expansion of the universe In some theories a wave of inflation was self reinforcing a runaway effect Their own drive could destroy them And the energy cost must be enormous Then it clicked Virtual inflatons Belisarius said Iekanjika started Virtual particles were pairs of particles and anti particles that could jump into existence as La mythologie selon Game of Thrones long as they vanished back into nothingness uickly enoughIn front of the ship a pocket of space time bulged at right angles to the three dimensions of space Semi melted space time distendedike a uesting pseudopod The shape and focus of the magnetic field pushed the tube of space time across dimensions accustomed to being curled The uesting finger reached down around the intervening space until a narrow unstable bridge reached a point far to galactic south Then the display greened They had induced a wormholeAt twenty two kilometers below the surface the view opened on one side The tower of carbon containing their elevator carried them past slush dotted with moving icebergs. Lient offers him untold wealth to move a suadron 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. This is a good debut novel that could have been better with tighter editing Inside this 480 page book is a first rate 300 or 350 page novel struggling to get out Still worth reading though K nsken seems to assume that 21st century physics the Standard Model will persist into the indefinite future OK there s plenty of great superscience stuff too some halfway plausible I always Golf by the Numbers love to see inexplicable Forerunner tech here an ancient Wormhole subway system that provides FTLinks to the Great Powers But the hard SF goodness gets diluted by filler And the pacing for a caper story sags badly in places for info dumps and philosophical musings It does come to a first rate ending with exploding spaceships superscience weapons a big payoff for Our Heroes and hooks for the seuel So 4 stars for the cool SFnal ideas 2 stars for the caper and editing Your mileage may vary read some other reviews too Gary Tognetti s is a good one d previously read and iked his 2016 novelette Flight from the Ages set in this same universe Two sentient AI reps of the Bank of the Plutocracy race to save the universe The blistering sheets of x rays The thrumming of space time shuddering with gravitational waves Marvelous fun 45 stars Reprinted in Dozois 34 and which ed me to read the novel Ah but a man s reach should exceed his grasp Or what s a heaven for Robert BrowningWill you ike this book as much as I did Let s find outYou must have your geek on and be ready for one of the most challenging whitewater rides you have ever taken through genetic engineering artificial intelligence nano technology astrophysics exo biology and a plethora of planets and species that stretch the term human Belisarius Arjona is a self described con man He is also part of an augmented human species dubbed Homo uantus Others seek him out because they see his skill verging on the magical He orchestrates a con reminiscent of Ocean s Eleven but jacked up a few orders of magnitude So all Homo uantus are built this poorly It s fair to say I m the sum of many generations of flaws You can barely navigate zero grav you get sick when you try something unusual and you missed the Mutapa she said Our own navigation could have come closer I get it he groaned You don t agree with the decision to hire me Correct Then don t hire me if you don t think I can do the job The job is massive in every sense of that word It involves getting a fleet of very special ships through a wormhole that is completely controlled by their enemy To accomplish this takes a team as varied and as different as you might imagine No I m not sure anyone but Derek K nsken could imagine this group which includes experts in so many fields including mayhem and deception This may not be the most beautifully written book but the reader is being moved through the plot at warp speed and the writing is than adeuate Some of the things that K nsken gets right include A well conceived world with a full measure of complexity Characters that have depth and complexity and stay in character Species that have significant and conseuential back stories Technology that could be part of our future An in space battle that is not ike anything you have come across Individuals with ayers of motivations Terrifying and shocking behaviors that are not just add ons Surprises all through the novelOkay I hope I have given you enough of the story for you to determine if it will work for you For those who want to risk knowing I have now Added Some Material That I some material that I makes the case for how extraordinary this book is without spoilers I believe 45I was reminded of this introduction to an old radio show because I feel The uantum Magician actually achieves what was promised From the far horizons of the unknown come tales of new dimensions in time and space These are stories of the future adventures in which you l ive in a million could be years on a thousand may be worlds This book is the first of at east two books with be years on a thousand may be worlds This book is the first of at How to Know the Ducks, Geese, and Swans of North America least two books with ArjonaAs I have asserted above this book though not massive in size is massive in what it wants to convey I am skating on thin ice but my intention is not to spoil the experience for you but to induce of the readers of this review whoove good SF to give it a tryThere are four major human species in play in this novel The normal humans and three that have been created for various reasons the Puppets the Mongrels and Homo uantus There are also several varieties of AI including various reasons the Puppets the Mongrels and Homo uantus There are also several varieties of AI including Scarecrow and St Matthew These are distributed but not eually among the empires and hegemonies that are in constant competition Getting some type of enhancement advantage is a way to shift the balance of power but it may have unintended conseuences Anglo Spanish genetic manipulation had made caged monsters of the Homo eridanus religious slaves of the Homo pupa and intellectual automata of the Homo uantus All things considered humans had done a terrible job of directing their own evolutionSince Bel is part of Homo uantus there is description of their home world the Garret and what it means to be a uantus This may be the apex of the author s imaginative brilliance See belowThe Garret wasn t ike that The Homo uantus sought knowledge They didn t threaten anyone But what would the Homo uantus do if someone threatened them She honestly didn t know Human history was a concatenation of power struggles and people trying to get away with whatever they could until someone strong enough came along to stop them That was the world she d stepped intoTHE UANTUM INTELLECT coalesced in the absence of th. Belisarius is a uantum man an engineered Homo uantus who fled the powerful insight of dangerously addictive uantum senses He found a precarious balance as a con man but when a .

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