Quantum Confessions

SilverWood Books
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&quote;A veritable head trip; yet rooted in a believable and sometimes visceral near-future.&quote;Grey is a high performing student with attitude. Aled is torn between his morals and his desires. They live in a world where those who believe in absolute truth are on a collision course with those who don't. Society is becoming dangerously polarised and despite a thread of history that binds Aled and Grey together they take opposite sides in the conflict; she is recruited by The Project and he is given custody of The Proof of Existence.Against the backdrop of a failing society and experiments to find the link between quantum physics and a supreme being, the real question that unfolds is...&quote;Who chooses your reality?&quote;
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About the author

Stephen Oram writes science fiction and is lead curator for near-future fiction at Virtual Futures. He enjoys working collaboratively with scientists and future-tech people - they do the science, he does the fiction. He's been a hippie-punk, religious-squatter and an anarchist-bureaucrat; he thrives on contradictions. He is published in several anthologies and has two published novels, Quantum Confessions and Fluence. His recent collection of sci-fi shorts, Eating Robots and Other Stories, was described by the Morning Star as one of the top radical works of fiction in 2017.

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SilverWood Books
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Published on
Aug 1, 2014
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Pages
276
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ISBN
9781781322642
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / General
Fiction / Science Fiction / General
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