The Collapsium

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The Collapsium
The Collapsium - bookcover.jpg
First edition cover
Author Wil McCarthy
Country United States
Language English
Series The Queendom of Sol
Genre Science fiction
Publisher Del Rey
Publication date
August 1, 2000
Pages 336 pp.
ISBN 0-345-40856-X
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.[1] 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.[2]

It was nominated for 2002's Nebula Award for Best Novel.[3]

See also[edit]

  • Holeum, stable particles built from black holes, proposed in 2002, with some similarities to the fictional collapsium


  1. ^ Sturgeon Award nominees, Locus Magazine, retrieved 2012-04-17 
  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ "The Locus Index to SF Awards: 2002 Nebula Awards". Locus. Archived from the original on 2011-06-05. Retrieved 2011-12-06.