David Louis Edelman: The Antidote To Science-Bashing Scifi

David Louis Edelman's Jumpy 225 Trilogy, kicking of with Infoquake, and continuing with Multireal, gets a fabulous write up on the massively important i09 site.

The other thing that makes the trilogy (so far) a really addictive read is the depth of Edelman's world-building and characterization. He has the OCD necessary to create a whole complex set of government institutions, religious organizations, and different types of MemeCorps and FiefCorps, among other things. It never quite feels like the needless world-buildy lecturing of some other massive SF epics I've read recently. Instead, it feels like a lived-in world, and the fact that the backdrop stretches out so expansively behind the characters makes them feel a lot more fleshed out and makes their obsessions seem a lot more believable.

After reading the first two volumes in the trilogy, I'm pretty eager to get to the third, partly because I'm invested in the characters and their world, and partly because dying to see exactly what kind of solution to the MultiReal dilemma could possibly make sense. (And also partly because there were a few things in the first two books that felt contrived or came out of nowhere, and I'm hoping they'll be explained in the third book.) Mostly, I'm in it for the long haul, because it feels like Edelman is writing about real people and real issues, in a thrilling, engaging way. And that's rarer than it should be

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