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 doppelganger 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 doppelganger 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.