In a last-ditch attempt to save the funding of his high-energy physics project, Professor Horst Wittkowski accidentally destroys his laboratory during a test run. The destruction only whets the appetite of the government secret-projects observers, who immediately whisk the team to a hidden facility. There, they are coerced into using the immense power generated to create a new duplicate microuniverse, whose increased speed of evolution would allow us to mine them for information as they develop beyond us.
With more twists than a barber pole, Metzger's second full-length book weaves together particle physics, time travel, and alternative history that pits the combined forces of Patton, Tesla, President Will Rogers, a six-year-old who might be a billion, and the greatest physicists of the 20th century against an ageless rogue android who manipulates entire societies.
Hopping dimensions, they seek a portal to an insane, omnipotent machine bent on destroying all universes in a tale that is never dull. (B.B.)