The Walls of the Universe
By Paul Melko
(Tor Books, Hardcover, 9780765319975, 384pp.)
Publication Date: February 3, 2009
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John Rayburn thought all of his problems were the mundane ones of an Ohio farm boy in his last year in high school. Then his doppelgänger appeared, tempted him with a device that let him travel across worlds, and stole his life from him. John soon finds himself caroming through universes, unable to return home—the device is broken. John settles in a new universe to unravel its secrets and fix it.
Meanwhile, his doppelgänger tries to exploit the commercial technology he’s stolen from other Earths: the Rubik’s Cube! John’s attempts to lie low in his new universe backfire when he inadvertently introduces pinball. It becomes a huge success. Both actions draw the notice of other, more dangerous travelers, who are exploiting worlds for ominous purposes. Fast-paced and exciting, this is SF adventure at its best from a rising star.
Paul Melko lives in Ohio.
Praise for Singularity’s Ring:
“A distinctive vision of a post-singularity future…. Melko gives us an absorbing tour of a world where humanity isn’t what it used to be.”
“Bursts forth like a new universe exploding into being; a major book that happens to also be the debut novel of a stellar new talent.”
--Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo and Nebula Award winning author
“Melko is clearly an up-and-comer, and this is a distinctive debut.”