The Nobel Prize winning physicist, Richard Feynman, said that he didn't know if there was really a problem with quantum mechanics but if there was, it was a big one. He also suggested that if children were taught quantum concepts early, they might not have any problems at all with the theory.
The Trojan Carousel is the story of two schools: The Feynman Elementary School of Advanced Physics, and the affiliated Amdexter School, a traditional, middle-grade, boys boarding school. It is also the story of Kip, a student at Feynman, Alex at Amdexter, and how their friendship first grows and then fractures under the clash of the 'two cultures'.
Relations between the two schools start well but gradually fall apart. And the carousel, intended as a symbol of friendship, becomes the focal point of a vicious nighttime war.
This novel is hard to characterize. It has a lot of science (much of which has been relegated to the 'back of the book' and can be safely ignored), but it isn't exactly science fiction. It's written for both middle-school kids and also theoretical physicists (such as myself). One might compare it to 'Harry Potter' with physics replacing magic. But it perhaps has more in common with 'Lord of the Flies'. I hope the reader will find The Trojan Carousel both an engaging story and also an interesting exploration of the wonderful weirdness of quantum theory.
With my anthology 'SF++ Science Fiction Stories for Linux Geeks', I wanted to keep with the Linux philosophy of free software. I decided therefore, to sell the book here for $4 and simultaneously provide it for free on my website www.frithrik.com. That worked out well, so I'm doing that also with 'The Trojan Carousel'. I should be very happy were you to buy it, but you can get it for free by requesting it on my website.