Book: Dark Matter

An annoying thing about Twitter Search is that it’s not good enough to help me find who tweeted at me that Dark Matter by Blake Crouch is something I should read. I scrolled through my @mentions until I was annoyed after trying to search but not being able to figure out how to scope the search so I could only search @mentions = bfeld (or maybe my problem is that it should be @mentions == @bfeld).

Whoever it was – thank you! Dark Matter was awesome. It’s the first book I read Saturday as part of my decompress from the week and feel better from trying to eat yogurt maneuver that I ended up playing out throughout the day.

I love near term sci-fi. I especially love right now sci-fi – stuff that happens in current time but incorporates a scientific breakthrough that is currently being explored.

Dark Matter is all about the concept of an infinite number of parallel universes. The scientific breakthrough is the notion of quantum superposition easily explained by the Schrödinger’s cat thought experiment.

The book is a magnificently fast romp that includes kidnapping, research institutions, love, family, death, religion, the nature of the universe, psychological intrigue, really complex relationship dynamics, and a whole bunch of other stuff that makes a novel irresistible to put down. There were a few plot twists that I anticipated or figured out before they came, but generally I rode the wave of the book.

If you are a sci-fi fan or just like a great action adventure novel with nerdy underpinnings, this is for you. And if you are wondering whether we are actually just part of a computer simulation, this book will help you understand that theory better.

Also published on Medium.

  • Love following your book recommendations. Have you ventured into graphic novels – I recently finished the wonderful Alex + Ada series that is a near term sci fi on AI. Super fun read.

    • I’ve got two on my desk – Letter 44 and Sandman (Neil Gaiman). I’m not super into them but every now and then I feel like one.

  • Would you be open to read a science fiction book that held uncommon views, ie, in which the singularity was disproven, along with other assumptions made by the scientific community, for example, that thoughts emanate from the brain; all the while painting a vivid picture of a brave new world eventually brought about as a result of the VC-backed innovations of the next 30 years?

    • Yes absolutely.

      • Well in that case, it might take 5 to 6 months before I can make a good recommendation in this regard 😉
        I’ll pick up this conversation thread then.

  • Thank you for the review. That sounds exactly like the kind of novel I enjoy reading, and my end table and my Kindle are getting rather low on unread books.

  • libby

    Whats that ryan guys last name again? i cant remember