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There is not one you. There are many yous. There is not one world. There are many worlds. Ours is one of billions of parallel earths.
When Everett Singh’s scientist father is kidnapped from the streets of London, he leaves young Everett a mysterious app on his computer. Suddenly, this teenager has become the owner of the most valuable object in the multiverse—the Infundibulum—the map of all the parallel earths, and there are dark forces in the Ten Known Worlds who will stop at nothing to get it. They’ve got power, authority, and the might of ten planets—some of them more technologically advanced than our Earth—at their fingertips. He’s got wits, intelligence, and a knack for Indian cooking.
To keep the Infundibulum safe, Everett must trick his way through the Heisenberg Gate his dad helped build and go on the run in a parallel Earth. But to rescue his Dad from Charlotte Villiers and the sinister Order, this Planesrunner’s going to need friends. Friends like Captain Anastasia Sixsmyth, her adopted daughter Sen, and the crew of the airship Everness.
Can they rescue Everett’s father and get the Infundibulum to safety? The game is afoot!
“Smashing adventure fiction that spans the multiverse without ever losing its cool or its sense of style. Ian McDonald is one of the greats of science fiction, and his young adult debut is everything you could hope for: romantic, action packed, wildly imaginative, and full of heart.” –Cory Doctorow, author For the Win
“This is science fiction adventure at its best, and at its core is Everett, the heroic little geekling that we all wanted to be as kids… With “Ten Known Worlds” as part of this book’s lore… I want an interdimensional passport ASAP… The adventure simply never stops… Snappy dialogue…and fascinating details round out this marvelous series debut.” –Speculative Fiction Examiner
“Science fiction rules in this stellar series opener about a boy who travels to parallel universes. What joy to find science fiction based on real scientific concepts… In his debut for teens, established science-fiction writer McDonald builds a world just different enough to charm readers into believing, populating it with entertaining, quirky characters, spicing up the story with Punjabi cooking and a secret dialect (complete with glossary) and explaining the multiverse theory in readily comprehensible terms. Suspense rules, and Everett’s advantages come from both his football goalie skills and his intelligence. Shining imagination, pulsing suspense and sparkling writing make this one stand out. As [character] Sen would say, “fantabulosa bona.”" –Kirkus Reviews
Not Just for Kids: ‘Planesrunner’ by Ian McDonald
The Chicago Tribune Book Review – December 18, 2011 (Excerpt)
It’s an alluring idea that somewhere, somehow there’s an alternate version of the life you’re currently living. It might be better. It could be far worse. But if it exists, and it’s possible to get there, why not at least visit? That’s the basic idea at the center of “Planesrunner,” the first book in the Everness series and the young-adult debut from award-winning sci-fi novelist Ian McDonald.
In the case of 14-year-old Everett Singh, his visit to an alternate version of modern-day London might never have happened if it weren’t for his father’s kidnapping, which happened in the middle of a rainy, Monday evening rush hour 10 days before Christmas. One minute, father and son were bicycling along a busy thoroughfare heading to a lecture on nanotechnology trends. The next, Everett’s dad was snatched off the street and thrown into the back of an Audi. The question is: Why?
Everett knew his dad was a quantum physicist who was more than a little interested in getting his son to understand the Many Worlds Theory, which posits that reality is not a single unfolding history but multiple realities wherein all possible alternative histories and futures coexist. Everett probably wouldn’t have thought his dad’s research at Imperial College had anything to do with the disappearance until his dad’s boss showed up wanting to know if Everett’s father had given him anything — a memory stick, perhaps, or a data DVD or file transfer — some piece of the long-term, big-budget project he was working on to find experimental evidence of the existence of parallel universes. [Read the full article...]
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