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by Frederik Pohl

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Author:
Frederik Pohl
ISBN13:
978-0553257861
ISBN:
0553257862
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Publisher:
Spectra (April 1, 1986)
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Science Fiction
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Frederik Pohl experiments with parallel universes and quantum mechanics, in a bamboozling story that, despite its .

Frederik Pohl experiments with parallel universes and quantum mechanics, in a bamboozling story that, despite its repeated references to Senator Kennedy and his wife Jackie, feels more like the surrealism of Dr. Strangelove. I really like the idea of "The Coming Of The Quantum Cats" (a book about alternate realities/time lines converging, and how different environments and political atmospheres can change who and what a person is and does) but the plot and story were murky and difficult to become engaged and interested in. I much prefer Frederik Pohl's "The Space Merchants.

This is, in the case of this book, wholly true, in spite of the fact that some of the characters have names made famous by position and deeds

It is customary to print a disclaimer in novels, saying that the characters are fictitious and that no resemblance to any real person, living or dead, is intended. This is, in the case of this book, wholly true, in spite of the fact that some of the characters have names made famous by position and deeds. if they had been someone other than the persons they were.

The other I never lost at all. I had the best collection of dirty books on the Near North Side

The other I never lost at all. I had the best collection of dirty books on the Near North Side. Porno flicks hadn't got out in the open yet, but there were places where you could pay two dollars and get into the back room of a coin-machine arcade or a sleazy bookstore and watch grainy black-and-white films from Tijuana and Havana. For a long time I wasn't entirely sure that a man could make love to a woman without wearing black calf-length stockings and a mask.

When I came out of the dressing room the sergeant wasn't critical. Looking sharp, Major," she complimented. What did you leave him in?"

Frederik Pohl was born in New York City on November 26, 1919. More interested in writing than in school, he dropped out of high school in his senior year and took a job with a publishing company.

Frederik Pohl was born in New York City on November 26, 1919.

This is, in the case of this book, wholly true, in spite of the fact that some of the characters have names made famous by position and deeds.

This book may not be reproduced in whole or in part~ by mimeograph or any other means, wzthout permission. For information address: Bantam Books, Inc. Published simultaneously in the United States and Canada. The reason is that, in each case, the characters portrayed are what the real-life characters would have been.

The Coming of the Quantum Cats is a 1986 science fiction novel by American writer Frederik Pohl. It was originally serialized in Analog science-fiction magazine, January–April 1986. The novel proposes invasions from alternate Earths in alternate universes. None of these universes are quite like our universe; however, they all have some element or other in common, many of which Pohl develops to satiric effect.

In my opinion, "Coming of the Quantum Cats" is Pohl's best book. If you like good character development and solid quantum theory with people jumping between alternate earths then read this book. In an alternate America ruled by Arabs, Nicky DeSota is a timid real estate agent who gets arrested for swimming topless with his girlfriend. Agent Nyla "No Thumbs" Christophe interrogates Nicky about surveillance pictures taken of him breaking into a secret laboratory.

  • You can't say enough good about the late Fred Pohl to please me. I've never read a bad story by him. Yet, somehow, a number of his books have remained unread on my shelves. He was always a second-tier writer for me: not quite up there with Heinlein and Le Guin and Wolfe and Delany.

    And he was a genuinely kind person whose company I was privileged to enjoy only a few times.

    So I pulled this one off the shelf this week, partly in belated memorial to Fred.

    It's a twisted story of the multiple-realities interpretation of quantum mechanics, in which multiple, very different and yet similar, versions of Dominic Sota exist in multiple timelines - which begin to collide because the America of one timeline wants to use paratime to make deadly surprise stealth war on its Soviet Union. But there are other timelines with their own agendas...

    The story gets complicated quickly, and that Pohl can pull an ending out of his hat is a credit to his skill as a plotter. All the Dominic Sotas we meet really are versions of the same person, but distinct another amazing trick. And he makes us care about them.

    Well, this is second-tier Pohl, but it's still a damn fine read. I may have to rethink my writer tiers.

  • In my opinion, "Coming of the Quantum Cats" is Pohl's best book. In an alternate America ruled by Arabs, Nicky DeSota is a timid real estate agent who gets arrested for swimming topless with his girlfriend. Agent Nyla "No Thumbs" Christophe interrogates Nicky about surveillance pictures taken of him breaking into a secret laboratory. He has an alibi and she releases him, but he knows he's in trouble. How could the person in the pictures look exactly like him? Nicky covertly visits a former movie star named Ron Reagan who may be able to help, and the adventure begins.

  • 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.

  • By far Pohl's best book. I read a lot of sci-fi and this is one of my all time faves. If you like good character development and solid quantum theory with people jumping between alternate earths then read this book. It's out of print but worth finding!