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2020 Winnerβ€”Fantasy
𝑸𝑼𝑨𝑡𝑻𝑼𝑴 𝑳𝑬𝑨𝑷
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Written by: Rainie York
Awarded by Pacific Book Awards on June 20, 2020

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Prior to the Book Awards, reviewer Anthony Avina at Pacific Book Review gave Quantum Leap a STARRED REVIEW for a “Book of Excellent Merit.” In his review Avina said, in part:

“This is a fantastic, imaginative and engaging read for Young Adult and Adult readers alike. The story establishes a great fantasy and science fiction-driven narrative.”

“An all-consuming . . . and engaging read . . . filled with twists and turns which will keep readers invested to the end. York has created a true masterpiece fantasy and sci-fi read . . .”

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Author Rainie York says, “Quantum Leap is not a fantasy book. Unless you think it is.”

How can that be?

The English poet, William Blake (1757-1827), is quoted as saying, “What seems to be, IS, to those to whom it seems to be.”

Napoleon Hill (1883-1970), author of Think and Grow Rich, said, “Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.”

Author Scott Turow (1949- ) says, “Who are we, but the stories we tell ourselves about ourselves, and believe?”

Commander Spock, the Spaceship Enterprise, tells Captain Kirk and two other crew members in an episode of the original Star Trek TV series, “You must believe; really believe.” They are in an alternate reality simulating Tombstone, Arizona, in 1881, specifically the gunfight at the OK Corral. Spock has surmised that events they have been experiencing are merely illusion, made real only by the crew’s belief in them. In order for the Earps’ bullets to not kill the Enterprise crew, they must believe ABSOLUTELY that this is so. This episode begs the question, “What did the Star Trek writers and Gene Roddenberry believe?”

Gene Roddenberry, screenwriter and creator of the Star Trek TV series, said, “There are a few things I firmly believe, and a few things I don’t believe at all, but in between there is a vast range of things I wonder about, and that’s what makes life interesting.”

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Who does the book appeal to, and why?

Quantum Leap is written in the voice of a teenage girl, and it resonates with me particularly as a message for young women in their teens. But it’s for women of all ages, really. And the amazing thing to me is that men, also of all ages, are interested.

A major appeal lies in the simplicity of the solution for personal control in one’s life. Who doesn’t long for that?

Another part of the book’s appeal is that it blurs the edges between magic and science, so it’s fun. At the outset, Rebecca has no scientific framework for what is happening. So it must be magic, right? What else could it be? I think we are attracted to magic because it’s bigger that we are, and it gives the user power. It provides a means for escaping from the humdrum, of solving the unsolvable.

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