First edition cover
|Series||The Queendom of Sol|
|August 1, 2000|
|Followed by||The Wellstone|
The Collapsium is a 2000 hard science fiction novel by Wil McCarthy, the first in the Queendom of Sol series. The first section of the novel is based on McCarthy's short story "Once Upon a Matter Crushed", which was a Sturgeon Award finalist. A reviewer stated McCarthy used postmodern literary technique in consciously creating a protagonist who is a "throwback" to the scientist-heroes of Golden Age SF.
- Holeum, stable particles built from black holes, proposed in 2002, with some similarities to the fictional collapsium
- Sturgeon Award nominees, Locus Magazine, retrieved 2012-04-17
- Gerald Jonas (September 3, 2000), Reviewed this Week — The Collapsium (and others), New York Times Books, retrieved 2012-04-17,
Its hero, Bruno de Towaji, is smart and sexy -- a brooding supergenius who combines the most estimable qualities of Albert Einstein, Sherlock Holmes and Marlon Brando. Of course, he is a postmodern construct -- a conscious throwback to the scientist-heroes of early 20th-century science fiction, who defeated evil and won the girl with weapons they whipped up in the laboratory on a moment's notice.
- "The Locus Index to SF Awards: 2002 Nebula Awards". Locus. Archived from the original on 2011-06-05. Retrieved 2011-12-06.
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