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There is a huge, bold black streak in the sky. Branches appear out of nowhere over North America, Southern Europe, and Central Africa. People who live beneath The Rift can see it. But scientists worldwide are distressed - their equipment cannot pick up any type of signal from it. The rift appears to consist of nothing. Literally. Nothing. Nada. Niente. Most people are There is a huge, bold black streak in the sky. Branches appear out of nowhere over North America, Southern Europe, and Central Africa. People who live beneath The Rift can see it. But scientists worldwide are distressed - their equipment cannot pick up any type of signal from it. The rift appears to consist of nothing. Literally. Nothing. Nada. Niente. Most people are curious but not overly concerned. The phenomenon seems to pose no danger. It is just there. Then something jolts the most hardened naysayers, and surpasses the worst nightmares of the world's greatest scientists - and rocks their understanding of the universe. ©2019 Brandon Q. Morris (P)2019 Tantor


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There is a huge, bold black streak in the sky. Branches appear out of nowhere over North America, Southern Europe, and Central Africa. People who live beneath The Rift can see it. But scientists worldwide are distressed - their equipment cannot pick up any type of signal from it. The rift appears to consist of nothing. Literally. Nothing. Nada. Niente. Most people are There is a huge, bold black streak in the sky. Branches appear out of nowhere over North America, Southern Europe, and Central Africa. People who live beneath The Rift can see it. But scientists worldwide are distressed - their equipment cannot pick up any type of signal from it. The rift appears to consist of nothing. Literally. Nothing. Nada. Niente. Most people are curious but not overly concerned. The phenomenon seems to pose no danger. It is just there. Then something jolts the most hardened naysayers, and surpasses the worst nightmares of the world's greatest scientists - and rocks their understanding of the universe. ©2019 Brandon Q. Morris (P)2019 Tantor

30 review for Der Riss: Hard Science Fiction

  1. 5 out of 5

    reherrma

    Dieser Roman kann ich nur als physikalisch-philosophisches Gedankenexperiment betrachten, denn zu absurd ist die Handlung und diese Implikationen eines Dimensions-Riß. Im Zentrum stehen wieder die altbekannten Protagonisten des Hard Science Universums von Brandon Q. Morris (steht das Q für Quantentheorie ?), in diesem Buch ist es wieder die Astronomin Maribel von der ESO-Sternwarte auf dem Pico del Teide auf Teneriffa, die bereits in den zwei Vorgängerromanen "The Hole" und "Silent Sun" eine Dieser Roman kann ich nur als physikalisch-philosophisches Gedankenexperiment betrachten, denn zu absurd ist die Handlung und diese Implikationen eines Dimensions-Riß. Im Zentrum stehen wieder die altbekannten Protagonisten des Hard Science Universums von Brandon Q. Morris (steht das Q für Quantentheorie ?), in diesem Buch ist es wieder die Astronomin Maribel von der ESO-Sternwarte auf dem Pico del Teide auf Teneriffa, die bereits in den zwei Vorgängerromanen "The Hole" und "Silent Sun" eine Rolle darin gespielt hatte. Die KI eines russischen Konzerns arbeitet alleine als Prospektor auf Ceres um nach Bodenschätzen zu suchen, als sie einen Riss in der Raumzeit endeckte, der sich von Ceres bis zur Erde zieht. Der Riss durch den Himmel ängstigt die Erdbewohner und Forschergruppen gehen sofort an die Erforschung des Phänomens. Auch Maribel wird wegen Ihrers erfolgreichen Management der Black Hole Krise ("The Hole") und der Endeckung der Strukur in der Sonne ("Silent Sun") zu Rate gezogen. Gleichzeitig wird erzählt, dass der Riss einige temporale Paradoxien zur Folge hat; als ein Flugzeug in den Riß fliegt und verschwindet, weiß anschließend niemand auf der Welt von dieser Tatsache, selbst die Angehörigen der Passagiere wissen nicht mehr, dass diese Personen existiert haben. Ein Mann ahnt jedoch etwas von seiner Frau, die ihn in seinen Träumen verfolgt, ebenso ihr Liebhaber und seine Assistentin. Alle drei beschließen, einen Weltraumaufzug zu kapern um zum Riß zu kommen. Inzwischen hat die KI auf dem Zwergplaneten Ceres eine Theorie über das Phänomen erarbeitet, er vermutet, dass hier ein Riß zum Multiversum aufgetreten ist und jedes Mal, wenn etwas das Nichts im Riß durchquert, landet er in einer anderen Realität... Die Handlung des Romans ist absurd, so wird ein Weltraumaufzug so mir nichts dir nichts so gebaut, dass das Kabel an den Riß herankommt, usw. Das Gedankenexperiment des Riß und der damit einhergehenden Betrachtung der Implikationen der Multiversums-Theorie sind interessant und lehrreich, insbesondere verbunden mit dem wissenschaftlichen Essay am Ende des Buches "Die neue Biographie des Nichts", hier hat der Autor sein Gedankenexperiment auf die Grundlage der neuesten Erkenntnisse der Kosmologie und der Quanten/String-Theorie gestellt. Wie immer sehr anregend und (für mich) sehr lehrreich...

  2. 5 out of 5

    Frau von Bödefeld

    Die Geschichte ist durchaus spannend, schlüssig und interessant erzählt. Dereks Handlungsstrang erschien mir jedoch in Anbetracht seines komplexen Planes ein wenig zu einfach und unkompliziert zu verlaufen. Auch das Ende der Geschichte wirkte recht unspektakulär.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Curt

    I discovered after starting this book that it is a sequel to The Hole by Brandon Morris. But having not read The Hole does not detract from this book. The characters from The Hole are called upon to investigate the appearance of a black spance of space that appears as a rift or tearing in which there is nothing (no stars). Scientists conclude that the rift is harmless. But our protagonist is called upon to investigate this anomaly. Meanwhile, an AI-based robot already located on an asteroid at I discovered after starting this book that it is a sequel to The Hole by Brandon Morris. But having not read The Hole does not detract from this book. The characters from The Hole are called upon to investigate the appearance of a black spance of space that appears as a rift or tearing in which there is nothing (no stars). Scientists conclude that the rift is harmless. But our protagonist is called upon to investigate this anomaly. Meanwhile, an AI-based robot already located on an asteroid at which the rift originates, is motivated to also research it's origin and potential threat to humanity. (view spoiler)[As it turns out, any object that enters the rift immediately disappears and all evidence of its existence is removed from the currently reality. So any probes sent into the rift disappear and all evidence and memory of the probe is gone too. (hide spoiler)] We also have a person who believes that his life was different prior to the appearance of the rift, thinking that entering it will return him to his lost family. Like the book's prequel, the science was compelling. That any contact with the anomaly will change one's reality. I enjoyed the book and I would have given 4 stars but I felt that the ending was hurried. One minute we are trundling along working towards a climax and poof the questions are answered and issues resolved. I call this a Star Trek ending - where the universe is in peril until the last 10 minutes of the episode and Kirk, Picard, Janeway, or Sisco solve the problem in time for the closing credits.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Leo

    Book was recommended by the Amazon Kindle AI after reading the Mars Colony Trilogy written by Gerald Kilby. I liked those books and this book's concept sounded interesting. Sadly that's about all glowing remark I have to say about. The book was classified as "hard science fiction", and the alphabet sound of science techno babble made you believe the story was ground in some kind of reality, bit with researcing the studies being tossed around for plot reasons, I can't too sure how accurate the Book was recommended by the Amazon Kindle AI after reading the Mars Colony Trilogy written by Gerald Kilby. I liked those books and this book's concept sounded interesting. Sadly that's about all glowing remark I have to say about. The book was classified as "hard science fiction", and the alphabet sound of science techno babble made you believe the story was ground in some kind of reality, bit with researcing the studies being tossed around for plot reasons, I can't too sure how accurate the science was. Overall concept of the story was interesting. A Rift forms in space and scientist across the planet scramble to figure it out. Story is told from different POV's, often within a similar timeframe in concert with event taking place at a different location. The story telling was pretty simple to follow, even with the techno babble, and it managed to keep me entertain up until the end. I did find myself skipping several paragraphs, until something interesting popped up. M6 was interesting and to some extent so was Derek's story arc, but that's about it. Book became hard to follow in the second half, especially after it was finally revealed how scientist and AI's save the Earth from a black hole in 2072. At this point in the book, hard science was completely tossed out the window and into the emptiness that was the rift. Oh, I also found oddly peculiar on the frequency male/female biological body parts and their functions was mentioned in this book. Not sure is this is normal in Morris' stories. In conclusion, I would be hard pressed to recommend this book to any hard sci-fi reader I know.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Frank Becker

    Die Geschichte ist ganz ok, an vielen Stellen aber unglaubwürdig: die Reaktionen auf unvorhergesehene Ereignisse sind fast immer unnatürlich entspannt (ein bewaffneter Eindringling in einer Militärbasis - Huch, naja, passt schon...); alles ist improvisiert, trotzdem klappt eigentlich alles; so richtig zufriedenstellend logisch finde ich die Erklärungen zum Riss und den Anpassungen in der Realität (und woran sich Leute erinnern) nicht - und das Ende ist auch etwas blass; zuuu "happy". Trotzdem Die Geschichte ist ganz ok, an vielen Stellen aber unglaubwürdig: die Reaktionen auf unvorhergesehene Ereignisse sind fast immer unnatürlich entspannt (ein bewaffneter Eindringling in einer Militärbasis - Huch, naja, passt schon...); alles ist improvisiert, trotzdem klappt eigentlich alles; so richtig zufriedenstellend logisch finde ich die Erklärungen zum Riss und den Anpassungen in der Realität (und woran sich Leute erinnern) nicht - und das Ende ist auch etwas blass; zuuu "happy". Trotzdem einige interessante Ideen, so dass man es immerhin zuende lesen möchte. Irgendwo zwischen 2 und 3 Sternen - für mich das schwächste Morris Buch bisher (out of 4). Spielt im Enceladus/Eismond-Universum; man muss die anderen Bücher aber nicht zwingend gelesen haben.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Nancy Shaffer

    More like lame science fiction. Its all well and good to get the physics and astronomy right, and that in itself seems to give author the right to call his work hard science fiction. But most of these writers slump badly on the psychology and sociology of their work. If you cant get those disciplines right, you cant tell a good story. And if you're going to put out a shingle on your story boasting what good science it is, and go into excruciating detail on the physics, yet not even bother to More like lame science fiction. It’s all well and good to get the physics and astronomy right, and that in itself seems to give author the right to call his work “hard science fiction.” But most of these writers slump badly on the psychology and sociology of their work. If you can’t get those disciplines right, you can’t tell a good story. And if you're going to put out a shingle on your story boasting what good science it is, and go into excruciating detail on the physics, yet not even bother to hand-wave an explanation about how your AI heroes got to be the way they are, maybe you should reconsider that subtitle.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lynnelle D. Bolton

    I love this guy... I love his writing. Haven't found one of his books yet that falls on its face, if a book has a face... But I will say that I have to read this one again because I lost some participants along the way near the end of the book. I'm pretty sure I understand, but I want to read it again anyway because I like it.

  8. 4 out of 5

    dave cornell

    A fun causality disruption story Five stars for the story because the author did a great job of taking something very weird and implausible and extrapolating how people would behave. Very good science behind it all. Good characters with depth, and I enjoyed the robots thoughts. Very creative, highly recommended.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jamie Rich

    The Rift: Hard Science Fiction (Kindle Edition) by Brandon Q. Morris A credible, hard SciFi as usual from this author. Some old and dear friends, and some new ones. A worthy puzzle to tease out, and one with lasting implications. The answer will surprise you. Also, the author continues to explore the evolution of AI, with good effect.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn

    Different theory space time It was an interesting space time theory about multi verses with characters reactions dovetailed into the conclusion. Probably not my cup of tea but if you are a scifi fan you'll like the proposition!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Amy G

    Not hard science but ok story This wasn't a bad story, decent sci-fi but all in the realm of sci-fi, not hard science. Characters were rather wooden, something a lot of sci-fi authors need to work on, normal human interaction. Ok overall.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kit

    Great novel... I especially liked the way science was dealt with as real and not galactic wars, aliens, etc. found in space operas. Also, his explanation of the science after the end was clear, despite the complexity of quantum physics.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ralph

    An interesting story but I sometimes got lost in the quantum physics and temporal paradoxes.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Alex Fürstenau

    Ganz spannend und unterhaltsam aber das Ende war etwas zu abrupt.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Agent Belthil

    A decent little book I chose three stars because it was kind of choppy. I felt like it was underdeveloped in terms of the characters also.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Stephen Patrick

    I love this guys stories! An irrepressible imagination, drawn from serious scientific speculation. Doesn't get much better.

  17. 5 out of 5

    KHB

    Interesting story. I enjoyed it. This book took a while to get going, but it all came together quite nicely in the end. As always, this author spent quite a bit of time explaining the science.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Richard Bernstein

    Suspend your disbelief and enjoy it. Fun summertime reading

  19. 5 out of 5

    jerry

    Enjoyed this book.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Craig Russo

    That was good right up to the end. I think I understand what M6 did. It was just so rushed. The end of this story would be a good candidate for a rewrite.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Dan Fallon

    Slow I only read half the book. Agonizingly slow development of plot. There are few occasions on which I fall asleep,

  22. 5 out of 5

    David Dalley

    Not well written. Did not finish. I have better things to read

  23. 5 out of 5

    Peter Mehiel

    No hard science to be found Clever idea: warn the reader that theres a lot of complex physics woven in to gain authenticity and respect among Sci-Fi enthusiasts. But in fact, I found the science to be 20% real and 80% fantasy sprinkled with partial truths and scientific jargon. That doesnt mean it cant be a good story. But sadly, its a bit juvenile - the kind of book that gives this genre a bad name. For instance, a character breaks into a top secret, heavily guarded facility by jumping over the No hard science to be found Clever idea: warn the reader that there’s a lot of complex physics woven in to gain authenticity and respect among Sci-Fi enthusiasts. But in fact, I found the “science” to be 20% real and 80% fantasy sprinkled with partial truths and scientific jargon. That doesn’t mean it can’t be a good story. But sadly, it’s a bit juvenile - the kind of book that gives this genre a bad name. For instance, a character breaks into a top secret, heavily guarded facility by jumping over the electric, barbed wire fence using a pogo stick (supercharged of course). There were so many “problems” with believability that they truly pull you away from the story. The Rift itself made no sense. It was both stationary in space and rotating around earth so as to stay directly overhead at the same time (something the author apparently realized and then tried to fix at the end of the book). Read it at your own risk. I was disappointed.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Paul Thompson

    Enjoyable and profound A very enjoyable approach to the multiverse concept offering a good cast of characters. The most interesting character was M6, the AI entity

  25. 5 out of 5

    Leya Ruth

    So far I've enjoyed this book. This author isn't one of the greats, but his books are interesting at least. My biggest critique of this book is the author's obsession with explaining the tiny details (Mirabel putting on her diaper, people using the bathroom!) and his continuing focus on Mirabel's family tensions. I understand that working mothers are constantly facing the struggle of balancing work and home life, but she's constantly battling it in this book. I feel like he could mention it at So far I've enjoyed this book. This author isn't one of the greats, but his books are interesting at least. My biggest critique of this book is the author's obsession with explaining the tiny details (Mirabel putting on her diaper, people using the bathroom!) and his continuing focus on Mirabel's family tensions. I understand that working mothers are constantly facing the struggle of balancing work and home life, but she's constantly battling it in this book. I feel like he could mention it at strategic points, instead of basically every time you get her POV. I like how his books are weaving together.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Marcia Loving

    A little too unbelievable. Maybe wish I hadn't spent the time. I feel like the author forgot some important info. Overall boring read.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jeph

    After a few hours I gave up - couldn't get into the characters or the nonsensical plot. I've enjoyed other books by BQM, but not this one.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Mark

  29. 4 out of 5

    Wendy Bell

  30. 4 out of 5

    brian tibitts

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