The Metaphysical Invasions (Volume One of Matter Is Mostly Space) is existential science fiction. These four novelettes set the groundwork for the subsequent volumes of this series.
Here, the damaged and the hopeful encounter reality bleeds, attacks of meaninglessness, memory wipes, and dharmatic disintroductions. Roland Randall, Vera Kamchatka, Quentin A. Denmore, and other members of the transdimensional crew inhabit these virtual eruptions into reality. It could happen to anyone.
The stories in The Metaphysical Invasions are
“A Foreign Country”
“The Turlock Enigma”
“Thus, and Again”
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