Publisher: Chris Reher
What would you do if you emerged from sub-space (hyperspace for us Star Wars junkies) to find that an alien entity had suddenly set up shop inside your head, and was not in a hurry to get out of there? Apparently, if you’re the main character in Chris Reher’s Quantum Tangle, you invite them in, teach them all of the secrets of the universe, and then start getting cosy with them.
Seth Kada is a pirate cum bounty hunter cum trader cum black marketeer, or whatever other description you might want to tack onto him. He seems to operate outside the typical military structure, but has enough friends in high places that he can skate through… at least at the beginning. However, the presence of the alien inside his head has placed a big target on his head, as Khoe’s mission to save her species sets them on a collision course with even more powerful forces.
Quantum Tangle looks at a distant future where humans have begun to spread throughout the galaxy, to the point where people are identified by their region of space they come from, rather than as a unified species. I thought this was an interesting concept, and was prepared to just run with it… but I found that this led to a lot of repetitive description of the different species, or races I suppose, which got a little tiresome after a while, and did not feel that it added a great deal to the story.
I found Seth’s character quite interesting, and I imagine anyone who was suddenly forcibly implanted with an alien life form would take some time to get their concept of normal straight, but I also thought he was a bit too ready to accept it all. Maybe the lonely life of a space-faring rogue was getting him down, and suddenly the thought of a a-gendered, although distinctly female, companion was something he was okay with. Things got a little weird when he started flirting with, and fantasising about her… and that’s all I’ll say.
I’ll say that this was an interesting mix of soft and hard science fiction, and was very readable.