Wednesday, May 08, 2019

Ten top end-of-the-world novels

Jim Al-Khalili OBE is an academic, author, and broadcaster. He is a leading theoretical physicist based at the University of Surrey, where he teaches and carries out research in quantum mechanics. He has written a number of popular science books, including Pathfinders: The Golden Age of Arabic Science. He has presented several television and radio documentaries, including the BAFTA-nominated Chemistry: A Volatile History and The Secret Life of Chaos.

Sunfall, Al-Khalili's debut novel, draws on cutting-edge science and set in a near-future full of dazzling technologies.

At the Guardian the author tagged ten top end-of-the-world novels, including:

Quantum Night by Robert J Sawyer

This is a wonderfully imaginative mix of psychology, quantum mechanics and the meaning of human consciousness. It is based on the “quantum mind” idea developed by the physicist Roger Penrose in the late 80s. The theory is not taken very seriously now by scientists, but is great sci-fi thriller fodder.
Read about another entry on the list.

The Page 69 Test: Quantum Night.

--Marshal Zeringue