Virtual Quantum Collapse

Fiction - Science Fiction
2164 Pages
Reviewed on 08/19/2016
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Author Biography

Cold War Baby. The spawn of two unhinged humans apparently my parents. Though I cannot even recognize myself in the pics of this 'other body' that is mine. Navigated the shoals of a precarious education mind melding at uni determined to not be of any use socially thereby assuring social failure to achieve whatever my fellow beings deem important; with which I had no chance to relate. Thus I strayed into writing, mangling music and massacring art itself with dubious results of an unquantifiable un-nature the resultant excrescence of my somewhat demented delusional dysfunctional mind.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Ray Simmons for Readers' Favorite

You have to pay attention to this one. Virtual Quantum Collapse by Lutz Barz is definitely not a quick read. And, as the name suggests, it is not a particularly easy read, especially for those not up on their quantum physics. But with its exciting and gifted three main characters/agents and their potentially universe-saving mission, Virtual Quantum Collapse is a very satisfying and exciting hard science fiction novel in the vein of works by authors like Neil Stephenson. If you love his works, you will like Lutz Barz. I am not a scientist nor do I have a scientific educational background. I am simply a huge science fiction fan who appreciates when the science and ideas are accurate, challenging, exciting, and very well written. You get all of that in Virtual Quantum Collapse and more.

Hard science fiction books like Virtual Quantum Collapse usually start out very slowly. You have to set things up so that the reader can appreciate the fictional world you have created for them. Lutz Barz does this beautifully at the beginning of Virtual Quantum Collapse, and he does it well. We start at Andromeda Station Three and this is a mission briefing. A briefing for a mission bigger than any I can recall in any novel I have read so far. This introduces us to some of the most capable agents in the history of science fiction and the fact that all three are women added tremendously to the desire to see what happens next. The more you read, the more the human element and consequences come into play as the stakes start rising. A pretty good formula for success. A great work, all in all.

K.C. Finn

Virtual Quantum Collapse is a lengthy and deeply complex work of science fiction penned by author Lutz Barz. This sweeping novel tells the tale of the history of different galaxies, planets, and the races which live in them. In the Great Attractor, the original species Prima and their more primitively cultured twin Regum fall into unrest after the shocking discovery and later murder of an astronomer. From here, a cataclysmic chain of events begins, including suicides, scientific missions, disappearing people and a gigantic interplanetary war which is sure to wipe out millions. The question is which planets will survive the devastation and rise again to power?

This is an extensive and intense read which hardcore fans of science fiction are sure to get into and relish every detail. For my part, author Lutz Barz writes with such an intimate and automatic knowledge of his creation that I occasionally found myself referring back to find out what was going on, but as the epic plotline progresses, so does your understanding of the many people involved in the relations between Prima and Regum, and later other planets too. The end result is truly epic in proportions, both shocking and satisfying to come to after such a huge, high stakes adventure tale. Overall, Virtual Quantum Collapse is sure to leave the hardest science fiction fans amazed by its technical prowess, political sensibilities and atmospheric depictions of the different levels of conflict. Recommended for those brave enough to take on the epic reading challenge.

Rabia Tanveer

Virtual Quantum Collapse by Lutz Barz is a science fiction novel set in a galaxy much like ours but in other ways very different. Set in a super galaxy with just two planets, two races are constantly vying for dominance. Prima and Regum are home to people who are highly technologically advanced, with a deep sense of loyalty to their respective planets. Prima is claustrophobic; some of its people want to break away from the shackles and take refuge in Regum. Enraged and power-hungry, Prima wants nothing more than to capture Regum for its own. However, they have found Earth, populated by a race they believe is nothing more than barbarians hell-bent on spilling blood. But they still want it and they want to claim it. It is a tussle between two very powerful planets that have weapons and intelligence of their own and there is only one Earth. Who will get to own it?

Virtual Quantum Collapse is a fast-paced science fiction novel that contains two very realistic alien planets. I have to admit, I thought there would be too many characters with difficult names and I wouldn't be able to keep up with the story. The novel has multiple characters with difficult names, but they are very well constructed and developed. They have their own charms and their own quirks which make them relatable. The story itself is very complex, which the fan of science fiction will really enjoy. The author smoothly transitions from one character to the other, from one storyline to the other, and ensures that the reader is with them all the way until the end.

Christian Sia

It is always very easy to write a quick summary of a simple narrative with a straightforward plot and a single, well-defined protagonist, but not for a long novel that transports readers into space, following characters and agents through an interplanetary conflict and exploring quantum physics. First off, the language is complex, at times very technical, and it is loaded with scientific concepts. Virtual Quantum Collapse by Lutz Barz is colossal; a novel featuring a super-power galaxy and beings of exceptional abilities and qualities. In a theocracy in the galaxy, Prima will do anything to subdue its twin race, Regum, and Earth using the psychic visionaries located in space. With Regum’s nano-technology growing exponentially, Prima uses the psychic abilities to get what they need. But what awaits Earth is even more dangerous and powerful. Readers are pulled into a world where quantum physics rule and where artificial intelligence is highly developed, with a lot of controversial conflicts between the planets.

Here is a book for those who enjoy a complex novel, and it is only fair to warn the reader that it will be not only a lengthy read but one that is mind-boggling. The vocabulary is rich, and it is tailored for readers who enjoy scientific terminology; there is verbosity in expression, but there is fast pacing that mimics the intensity of the activities in space. Following exceptional agents, especially the women in Regum who hide their brains for fear of psychic attacks from Prima, is fun. The setting is no place like Earth and readers may have to create whole new images in their minds as they read. I enjoyed the use of neologisms, referring to completely new scientific concepts. The descriptions are terrific and they highlight Lutz Barz’s narrative style. Virtual Quantum Collapse isn’t a quick read. It is a long and enjoyable ride through the galaxy and what makes it stand out is that this author makes it realistic and close to home for readers.

Liz Konkel

Virtual Quantum Collapse by Lutz Barz is an epic science fiction tale full of action-packed moments, adventure, danger, and space exploration. Ung is one of three agents at the Arktus space station and each is tasked with their own mission. As Ung ventures into Prima's space, Ratze connects to the Discrepancy and a Primaian agent attempts to recruit Nervina. Elsewhere, Mena is drawn toward the Discrepancy while Carias is sent to an asylum and recruited to look into the WebWorld politics. As their paths all cross and missions shift, Prima has plans for domination and they aren't stopping at the planet while Mars faces a crisis which could halt the Reganian mission.

Lutz Barz weaves through various perspectives to deliver a well-rounded story where everyone has a mission or agenda that will have consequences for various civilizations. Ung's story begins with her at the space station as an agent who embarks on a journey that's filled with excitement and danger in her decision to join the DVs, and even a little romance through a briefly met relationship. She goes through several ups and down which Barz uses to show Ung time and again acting as a hero who helps others. The other agents she works alongside play a significant role in events as each of them has their own arc and personal journey. Barz gives each character their own place in the story which allows for you to get to know each of them A conspiracy element is woven throughout, primarily at the asylum and through the use of experiments.

Barz delivers a series of challenges for each to face which centers around space, planets, and technology. Carias' side of the story focuses on her search into the WebWorld and the startling truths she uncovers at the asylum which leads her story toward a tragic turn of events. Mena is training underneath Niata and her journey pushes her against her limits to who she's meant to be. Everyone's story overlaps as their journeys connect to the core of the story which is Prima and the impact the civilization has. Several other perspectives are seen that give a new aspect to the plot and show a different side to how events unfold. Barz incorporates various science fiction elements such as an alien field, BrainDraining, Holographic pictures, AI, and much more that give a vivid society of technology. Virtual Quantum Collapse is ideal for lovers of science fiction and epic adventures with detailed characters, advanced technology, and surprising turns.

Ruffina Oserio

Virtual Quantum Collapse by Lutz Barz is a science fiction novel of huge cosmic proportions, a story that takes place in a world far larger than ours and that presents scientific phenomena that evoke primal energy. At the center of the story is the Great Attractor, the galaxy that has existed before the Earth and within which are found two planets, Prima and her twin planet Regum. The reader is introduced to unique species, to alien technology and the fight for power amongst powerful races. Scientists are setting up stations in a world that is utterly strange and genuinely horrifying to explore. There is a lot in this story; alien conspiracy, the clash of technologies and a threat to Earth, considered by the Primarians as a race that is self-destructive. In this narrative, the forces clash against each other and planets compete in intelligence. When the conflict climaxes, which of the superior races will take control over the others?

This is a huge story, filled with many subplots. At times it feels like one is reading many novels in one, but the subplots create a great sense of suspense. The author does an incredible job in constructing a universe that is punctuated by conflict. It's a universe that can be easily imagined with the elements of the galaxy captured in descriptions that allow vivid imagery. The focus on the settings is very noticeable and the worlds the author creates are filled with intelligence. The world-building is unique and the phraseology uncommon, with stand-alone words and short phrases that make for a unique and dramatic reading experience. Virtual Quantum Collapse is patiently and cunningly plotted, reflecting the ingenuity and the storytelling gift of the author. It's interesting and filled with adventure, the kind of work that is replete with exciting images and scientific concepts.