The Quantum String Band
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The Quantum String Band

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The story takes place in the near future, centered in the spectacular Southwest–the deserts, cities and canyons of New Mexico; a Prince’s yacht in the Gulf of Bahrain; Bolivia–the cities, the Indian village of Ozumito in the mountains of the Altiplano, a terrorist fortress hidden in the ancient mines of Ozumito; an artificial cavern carved in the ice of Antarctica; the remote and uninhabited Malden island in the South Pacific; and in a a home-made satellite orbiting the Earth.

Two years after defeating the clandestine army of General Jakes, the members of the Sextet have settled into using their unique powers to support a routine existence. Gina enriches herself using her persuasive powers to gain international renown at the poker table. Bolton–having given up on the search for others with special talents–fritters away his time amusing himself controlling toy cars and flying machines with his mind. Alandra uses Lee’s power to teleport around the world so she can use her power of decomposition to collect pretty mineral specimens. George builds an international reputation as a great chemist.

Only Ember is not using her unique power, convinced it must have been gift for some higher purpose. She studies Aikido and other means of non-violent defense, hoping to learn to control her anger that unleashes her awesome thermodynamic power. Unwilling to risk interacting with ordinary people, she ashamedly yearns for the camaraderie of the days her Sextet friends were working together fighting the General.

Ember’s yearning is unexpectedly answered when a gigantic rock appears in the sky and crushes Gina’s new mansion. There’s no mistaking the significance of this rock from the sky. The General has escaped. He has found someone with Lee’s telekinetic power to use as a weapon for world domination. He intends to eliminate the Sextet, the only people with the power to defeat him.

The members of the Sextet, always searching, discover they are not alone in possessing the power to manipulate reality. Frightened, yet unable to use their powers because they cannot locate the General, the now String Band goes into hiding. They move constantly to avoid the General’s weapon, which can strike any known location.  As they battle the General with the clever use of their powers, Ember is shocked once again, but relieved, and comes to accept the moral necessity of opposing certain evils with deadly force.

Inspired by the ingeniousness of Gina’s three-part plan, Ember is determined to find ways the String Band can work together to preempt evil, do good, while at the same time selfishly relieving her own loneliness.

What Reviewers Said

I read the entire Quantum Stringers Series. ! I loved them all. They all have the same super short chapter format and all hooked me as soon as I started. The characters and the sci-fi plot are rich and the imaginative twists and turns are as delightful as they are surprising. The characters have real character – you really feel you start to know them. Their powers are well beyond the (current) realms of reality but their humanness and their flaws aren’t. Heartily recommended. – J. Jagger, Amazon Reviews


In the end two things in this book stand out for me. All of the main characters are special. Special in this case stands for the best and the worst meaning of the word. They all have a “superpower” but were all born with handicaps. It made me think about how (in-)appropriate language at some times is.

The second point is the criticism Weinberg has on so called “patriots” of the United States. Always watch out for people who blur the lines between patriotism and nationalism, especially when the odd portion of religious (here: Christian) fanatism is added .

On a final note having read several of Weinberg’s non-fiction books it is interesting to see how he lets people and groups of people develop dynamics in the same way as described there. – msdeibel on Smashwords

About the Author

Gerald M. Weinberg
Gerald M. Weinberg

I've always been interested in helping smart people be happy and productive. To that end, I've published books on human behavior, including Weinberg on Writing: The Fieldstone Method, The Psychology of Computer Programming, Perfect Software and Other Fallacies, and an Introduction to General Systems Thinking. I've also written books on leadership including Becoming a Technical Leader, The Secrets of Consulting (Foreword by Virginia Satir), More Secrets of Consulting, and the nine-volume Quality Software series.

I try to incorporate my knowledge of science, engineering, and human behavior into all of my writing and consulting work (with writers, hi-tech researchers, software engineers, and people whose life-situation could require the use of a service dog). I write novels about such people, including The Aremac Project, Aremac Power, Jigglers, First Stringers, Second Stringers, The Hands of God, Freshman Murders, Where There's a Will There's a Murder, Earth's Endless Effort, and Mistress of Molecules—all about how my brilliant protagonists produce quality work and learn to be happy. My books that are not yet on Leanpub may be found as eBooks at <>; on Amazon at; and at Barnes and Noble bookstore:

Early in my career, I was the architect for the Project Mercury's space tracking network and designer of the world's first multiprogrammed operating system. I won the Warnier Prize, the Stevens Award, and the first Software Testing Professionals' Luminary Award, all for my writing on software quality. I was also elected a charter member of the Computing Hall of Fame in San Diego and chosen for the University of Nebraska Hall of Fame.

But the "award" I'm most proud of is the book, The Gift of Time (Fiona Charles, ed.) written by my student and readers for my 75th birthday. Their stories make me feel that I've been at least partially successful at helping smart people be happy.

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Table of Contents

  • Prologue
  • Blindness
  • Out of the Blue
  • Warning From Space
  • The Silent Enemy
  • The Game
  • The Awful Truth
  • Beauty for Sale
  • We Don’t Live Here Anymore
  • Gypsy Girl
  • Air Crew
  • Trading Places
  • The Way Ahead
  • A Simple Plan
  • Keep ‘em Flying
  • Experiment Perilous
  • The Formula
  • The Boy Who Could Fly
  • Nightfall
  • Chance of a Lifetime
  • Goin’ South
  • What’s Up, Doc?
  • The Grand Tour
  • Hit the Ice
  • The Gruesome Twosome
  • The Grand Illusion
  • Under Siege
  • Plan 9 from Outer Space
  • Parting Shots
  • Cornered
  • Chasers
  • Surviving
  • Pacific Rendezvous
  • Streets of Fire
  • Orphans of the Storm
  • The Descent
  • Caged
  • How the West Was Won
  • Home to Danger
  • The Rains Came
  • Comfort and Joy
  • The Cold Room
  • Act of Violence
  • From a Whisper to a Scream
  • Assignment: Outer Space
  • Satellite in the Sky
  • The Space Children
  • Always Together
  • Bright Eyes
  • Seven Samurai
  • Under My Skin
  • Oxygen
  • The Impossible Voyage
  • Unbreakable
  • The Vanishing
  • You’ll Find Out
  • Of Unknown Origin
  • The High and the Mighty
  • Behind the Mask
  • You Can’t Take It With You
  • The Land Unknown
  • Battle Beneath the Earth
  • The Believers
  • Advise & Consent
  • The Great Lover
  • A Trip To the Moon
  • Without Warning
  • The Final Countdown
  • Three Smart Girls
  • Went the Day Well?
  • The Unknown Island
  • The Crash
  • The Millionaire
  • Highly Dangerous
  • The Car
  • Collateral Damage
  • Spellbound
  • Zero Hour!
  • Labyrinth
  • Hostage
  • Below
  • Brute Force
  • A Deadly Invention
  • Sacrifice
  • On Borrowed Time
  • Crisis
  • One Fatal Hour
  • For All Mankind
  • Unexpected Uncle
  • Crime and Punishment
  • Walking and Talking
  • Other Books by Jerry Weinberg
  • About the Author
  • The Cover Artist

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