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What if you could create a universe: a miniature self-enclosed universe? Imagine having probing cameras that could focus to any star or planet looking for life. And once you found life, what if you could accelerate time and watch it evolve? What might you find? These are not the questions Jon Gruber ponders as he pedals to his next carpentry job. Over thirty and unmarried,What if you could create a universe: a miniature self-enclosed universe? Imagine having probing cameras that could focus to any star or planet looking for life. And once you found life, what if you could accelerate time and watch it evolve? What might you find? These are not the questions Jon Gruber ponders as he pedals to his next carpentry job. Over thirty and unmarried, he doesn't even own a car. But a new assignment challenges him to rethink his place in the world. Is he a loser? Or is he about to become a partner in an experiment of phenomenal discovery? Webster Adams, astronomer, inventor, and Jon's latest client, performs such an experiment. To Webster's amazement, he finds planets and cultures beyond his wildest dreams. His little universe turns into a discovery machine--an overnight goldmine. He and his crew observe societies so far past them on levels of technology and spirituality, that the world will be forever changed. Webster's lovely daughter, Whitney, also overwhelms Jon. She opens his eyes to the deeper meanings within the experiment by finding the most advanced beings within the project--the spirit guides from Theta 7. The Little Universe is a mind expanding concept. For Webster Adams, one question immediately comes to light. "If I can create a universe," he wonders, "then who created ours?" Can it be proven that some form of God exists? Or is life random and free-flowing without purpose? Along with Jon, you, the reader, will be presented a new perspective on life and your role in the great mystery of the universe....

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Number of Pages : 300 Pages
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The Little Universe Reviews

  • Alana Woods
    2019-06-16 03:53

    Have you ever wondered about The Big Bang? What it was, how it happened? Wonder no more. Instead, follow the characters in this huge-in-scope novel as they set about re-creating it. Do they succeed? Oh yes. And how. With the help of an infinitely talented and intelligent computer named Jim they build their own little universe within the confines of a purpose-built building and then proceed to tweak, play and interact with planetary inhabitants to suit their own purposes.The investors see only the mind-blowing profits that can be made from exploiting technology from more-advanced planets than their own, and they conflict with venture partners who want to observe and learn from one particular planet whose inhabitants are in tune with the entire universe.This novel is an exploration of creation, the existence of a creator, spirituality, reincarnation and much much more. Matthews exhibits an expertly deft touch as he explores what are obviously to him important subjects. By novel’s end I found myself in a contemplative mood as I pondered the ideas he raised.A lot of the story involves a voyeuristic slant as the protagonists watch what’s happening on the planets that interest them and my interest level dipped as this felt like surface-skimming. My interest lay in the meditation interactions with the Thetans and how the project changes the lives of the protagonists.The story has a definite beginning and ending and about three quarters of the way in there’s a jolt that completely alters the reader’s perception of everything. That was clever and had me smiling.This is the first in a two-book series, the second being JIM’S LIFE which I unknowingly read last year. While it’s not imperative to read them in order I wish I had because, even though I loved JIM’S LIFE and gave it five stars, it would have been advantageous to have the background of THE LITTLE UNIVERSE to draw upon.This is a well-written, well-told story with characters I felt I knew by the time I finished.

  • Charlotte Abel
    2019-06-14 06:53

    “The Little Universe” by Jason Matthews is worth more than the $2.99 price and lost sleep you’re sure to experience once you begin this un-put-downable novel. Even after finishing the book, I’m still losing sleep because I can’t stop thinking about it.There are quite a few excellent stories by indie authors, but all too often they are riddled with typos, formatting errors and grammatical gaffs. This book is NOT one of them. Not only is the plot based on a brilliant and original concept, it is well crafted, tightly paced and beautifully written. The science is detailed enough to feel real but delivered organically without a single info-dump. I didn’t understand all the physics, but since the main character didn’t either, I never felt stupid. “The Little Universe” is as good as or better than any traditionally published book I’ve read in the past year and better than most.The characters are multi-faceted, believable and instantly engaging. The story is told from the protagonist, Jon’s, point of view. He is highly intelligent and creative, but uneducated and in need of a spiritual awakening. I was always on his side, but I occasionally wanted to smack him and shake some sense into him. I even yelled at him at one point, but I understood why he made the choices he did. The antagonist had his redeeming qualities, making it difficult to hate him. His decisions were clearly motivated by greed but I think he honestly believed he was working for the “greater good.”The supporting cast was well developed without crowding the storyline. Each person was an individual worthy of their own novel. I am thrilled the sequel, “Jim’s Life,” features one of my favorite personalities from this novel.I highly recommend this entertaining and enlightening book to all science fiction fans as well as anyone questioning the meaning of life or exploring their own spirituality.

  • Jason Matthews
    2019-06-10 06:04

    This is my first novel, would like to see the movie version.

  • _yay_
    2019-05-20 04:01

    This copy was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.Kindle Edition, published June 16th, 2011Create Space Thank you for the review copy! What defines a loser? Jon Gruber wonders if it’s him. He’s an unmarried carpenter without a car. Do I even need to mention he’s over 30? Maybe meeting Webster Adams is a blessing, for the astronomer gives Jon a new outlook on life. He’s a brilliant inventor trying to create a universe in miniature form. Against all odds the experiment works and a journey of wonder and discovery begins. Who created our universe? Does God exist? Just like the little universe and all the questions that arise, Webster’s daughter Whitney intrigues, yet confuses Jon from the get go. He finds himself not sure of anything except the need to see this through.Ever had a hard time writing a review? I’m raising my hand. Just saying! The Little Universe isn’t something I would’ve picked up on my own. In fact, I probably would’ve steered clear of it for no apparent reason (other than not being able to put it into a category). However, the author offered me a review copy. I had a slot open and thought it’d be a great idea to try something a little – make that a lot – different. Something I’ve never read before. This particular phrase is used often, but I mean it. I have never read a book like this. Let’s find out if that turned out to be a good thing, shall we?! A quote that came to mind: “Success isn’t permanent and failure isn’t fatal.” (Mike Ditka)There’s absolutely nothing I can criticize when it comes to the writing. Matthews knows his craft. Dare I say better than most? It’s true. The writing was superb. I loved the subtle changes that occurred whenever the situation warranted it. Thus depending on the circumstances the writing took on a slightly different tone. For example Webster’s journal entries or Jon in his work environment versus Jon after hours. Taking the plot’s complexity into consideration it definitely acted as a safety network. A story that had me pondering various issues; a story that raised so many questions - it simply couldn’t have worked had the writing been sloppy.The character I connected with the most was Jim. Now, this might sound strange, for Jim’s a computer. Sorry, Jim! I know you don’t like being called a computer. In my opinion he was the one constant throughout the book. Jim was aware that his free will was only free within his confines. One could argue it shouldn’t be called a free will after all, but I won’t get into this now. My point is that he stayed true to himself. He used every opportunity to learn and every loophole that allowed him to break through the confines of his habitat. Of course, this wasn’t always possible. He wished for dreams to come true just as a human being would. Funny enough, I was annoyed by pretty much all of them at one point except by Jim. Don’t get me wrong, the others had their allure as well. I focused on the outcome of their experiment. Not as a whole, instead I was especially interested in what it would mean for each person involved.No doubt about it, the plot was character driven. Then again, the recreation of the Big Bang can only be labeled point of reference. The character development was hugely dependent on the experiment. The little universe affected not only Jon, but also Webster, his daughter Whitney and their two colleagues in ways I found both fascinating and dangerous. Jon and Webster couldn’t have been more different. That’s probably why Webster had no problem letting Jon in on his secret. A very interesting dynamic. I loved it! Similar to the intelligent life they discovered. While Whitney realized the importance of other aspects of these people’s everyday lives, Webster and the colleagues almost exclusively limited themselves to their technological progress. Two different views made for a beneficial tension. Science fiction with a splash of philosophy. Shaken not stirred!I’m not religious. I don’t believe in God. However, I’m more than open to the possibility that there’s something out there I could believe in. For the time being I’m the sole master of my universe. Okay, maybe not the sole master. Society’s moral code and all. I obviously didn’t raise myself either. Hey mom and dad! I don’t know if the author intended to send a specific message – an answer to the most pressing question carrying the plot. Does God exist? If he should wish for my answer to be yes after reading the book I’m sorry to disappoint. To me, the beauty of the story was the lack of a convincing answer. Fear not! There was an aspect of the story I agree with a hundred percent. Money makes the world (the little universe that is) go round. Behind all this - the philosophical elements, the religious undertone, the imagination running wild - stood one big whopper of a condition: The economic interests. No funds, no story to tell. Kudos to the author for realizing that!What didn’t work for me?More emphasis should’ve been put on the fact that progress of any kind has a healthy pace that was discarded by the success of Webster’s experiment.The ending, too, rubbed me the wrong way. I found the state and place of mind Webster ended up in absolutely unacceptable. It sent the wrong message, for it was not something to be happy about. Sometimes a wish simply shouldn’t be fulfilled. Just because something is possible doesn’t mean one should do it. Also, I would’ve bought into a connection between Whitney and Jon if it hadn’t been for the random involvement with another female character. I know what the author wanted to achieve with the conflict (Jon’s confusion). It didn’t work. This resulted in the main plot line being dragged along, rather than staying the main focus. For about a hundred pages or so I was waiting for something essential to happen. Unfortunately the drought lasted too long for comfort. I wanted to skip the pages. It felt like Matthews wandered from the path for the same reason Webster did what he did. Simply because he could, not because it was the right thing to do. A mind-boggling read that lost its center for a time. Where there’s a storm, there must be an eye of the storm. Despite its flaws, you should give this book a shot. I was pleasantly surprised for the most part. 3 stars to The Little Universe by Jason Matthews!Beware of Spoilers!A few of my favorite quotes for those of you who are interested: ° “It was my first conversation with a computer, and I felt a little awkward about what to say.”° “If I can create a universe…then what does it say about who created ours?” ° “The more he studied the universe, the more complex it remained. He realized he was just one person on a little planet drifting in a cosmic ocean without a guide.”° “Religion is a mythical history used by primitive people to explain the world and heavens…”° “I needed a reality check from the lab…” ° “You are the creator and the creation. You are the director and the actor and the play.”

  • Alexis
    2019-06-08 02:09

    Summary:Jon Gruber is an average guy, a carpenter who lives his life without questioning too much. Then one day Webster Adams, a man who hired him for a routine job, starts talking about how the universe began. Interested, Jon accompanies him to his workplace where Adams shows Jon that he’s attempting to recreate The Big Bang in a model of the universe. There, Jon meets Jim, an artificial intelligence entity who assists in the project. Adams hires Jon as an assistant, as well, and soon Jon meets Frank, the investor, and Whitney, Adams’ beautiful daughter. He also learns of Rose, Adams’ deceased wife, who initiated the project. Filled with doubt and an uneasiness caused by Adams’ dreams and his conversations with his dead wife, Jon isn’t sure what to make of his career change. But much to the delight of everyone involved, the experiment works and creates a little universe. Soon, however, Jon realizes the implications of this: this is not simply a model of the universe, it is a universe, and the civilizations that develop in it will teach the crew about more than just advanced technology, but about how thinking beyond society’s conventions can provide answers to our most profound questions about our existence.Comments:This unique angle on science fiction is full of spiritual wisdom and even some romance. Morality is a central theme: Do we sell what we know about this technology to the military or don’t we? But more often than we see that, we’re faced with questions of introspection, like, Does new technology always benefit societies or can it do more harm than good? and, Is the cost of freedom worth certain luxuries? Then there are the spiritual questions, like, What happens to the soul after we die? and Why are we here? Ultimately, the book is more enlightening than entertaining, which is not a bad thing. It’s also very scientific (the methods behind Adams’ experiment are described in great detail) which does two things simultaneously: it suspends disbelief in the reader, adding to the credibility of the narrator, but it also drastically slows the plot. Which is a good thing if the reader is prepared to mull over the story and its implications patiently, but not as good if the reader is curious about the next development. I, admittedly, am an impatient reader. I’m also not a huge science fiction fan, and I don’t prefer knowing every technical detail, although I do recognize why they’re important. For me, the narrative was slow but interesting if not exactly entertaining. There is one civilization that I was very excited about, and I found myself scanning the pages ahead to see how long I’d have to wait until I could learn more about them. But I also had some issues with the writing style. It’s in first person, from the point of view of Jon, which is fine, except that I didn’t really enjoy Jon’s tone throughout the story. Some phrases were just out-of-place, like he would say, “extremely familiar” and I would instantly wonder, how could something be familiar in the extreme? Wouldn’t that just be thoroughly familiar or completely familiar? He also used “quite” a lot, which always irritates me unless I can imagine it in a British-English accent.Do I recommend this book?It depends on who I’m talking to, here. Instantly, a few people come to mind who I know would love it because of the questions it raises, and I’ll definitely recommend it to them. I also recommend it to all sci-fi fans; the technology and science throughout the book speaks for itself. And really, anyone who wants to be challenged, intellectually and spiritually, should read this book.Note: This review also appears on my book review blog, Blackbird Books, but because I received this book courtesy of the author through a Goodreads First Reads Giveaway, I've included it here. I will also post this review on several retail sites. Thanks again to Mr. Matthews for participating in the giveaways and sending me on this unique adventure.The Little UniverseJason Matthews

  • David
    2019-05-25 06:06

    This delightful, subtly humorous novel asks the question, "What might happen if you could create your own universe in miniature, and explore it to whatever level of detail you desired?" From the very first page, I was pulled into the story, and I couldn't put the book down. Most of the book is conversational rather than narrative, which helps to propel the story forward; there are no dull moments.There are many social aspects to the story that seem implausible; how an experiment of this magnitude could be started by a single scientist, or how such an amazing array of new technologies necessary for the experiment could be brought together for the first time by that scientist, or why a carpenter with no scientific background would be picked up as an assistant. But the fact that the experiment was simultaneously so big and so small, helps to the give the story its joyous, unpredictable air, and makes it such a fun read.Most of the technical aspects of the story are given at least a veneer of scientific plausibility. One intriguing aspect of the story is the ability of the scientists to monitor anything in their entire universe, to "zoom in" on individuals on any planet anywhere. This aspect echoes some ideas from Frank Tipler's book, The Physics of Immortality: Modern Cosmology, God and the Resurrection of the Dead.

  • G.F. Smith
    2019-05-26 06:56

    Jason Matthew’s the Little Universe is a work of art, not only as his book’s cover depicts, but as its content reveals. A group of scientists, with the help of an anthropomorphically interesting computer, create a miniature universe in a lab. As the little universe grows exponentially, the group microscopically observes degrees of life and development on numerous discovered planets. The group itself then begins a journey of technological, as well as spiritual growth.Using accurate terminology from astronomy, cosmology and applied physics, Jason engages the reader with believable scenarios of varying evolutionary paths that life—humanity—can potentially take. Interweaved with the scientific are the spiritual, metaphysical queries of life as well: What is consciousness? Can it transcend matter, distance, and time? Is there a higher evolutionary position we are all destined to arrive at—individually and collectively? Is life intended to be more? These are some of the questions underlying the themes of this unique work. This is an interesting and engaging story that I think emulates mankind’s dichotomous position in history today: that of simultaneously seeing the benefits, as well as the destructive side of growth and technology, and weighing these in the balance as we all ask: is there more than just this material life, and what is my part in it? Good job Jason, looking forward to the Little Universe’s sequel.G. F.

  • Jessica Buike
    2019-05-21 07:43

    Though touted as a "spiritual novel," this book really can appeal to all people interested in existentialism, evolution, creationism, sci-fi, science, and more! Imagine being able to create a self-contained universe in a room, and being able to monitor how it evolves and changes throughout millions of years while you are only experiencing days - that is the intriguing concept behind this book. Would you want to learn more about spirituality? Or scientific advancement? Or human nature? Evolution? Something else? All those views are held by the various scientists and staff working on this large project. As a reader, you are drawn in and asked to examine your own beliefs about life and what true advancement as a race really looks like. The characters are remarkably developed, and feel like they could be someone in your own life. The situation is made more believable by the in-depth use of scientific explanations - but they are all written in everyday language so that you don't have to be a scientist to understand what is happening. I hate giving spoilers, so I will just say that there is a fun "stunner" three-quarters of the way through the book that will shock you - I usually can tell what will happen ahead of time, but this book actually surprised me! Overall, this is beautifully written and well worth the read.

  • Adam
    2019-06-01 06:47

    Wow, loved this book. For me, The Little Universe is a beautiful, deep and moving experience. Matthews has a gift for flowing, artful prose and vivid characters--Jim especially had me transfixed. The plot twist towards the end is masterful and completely spun my brain around inside my head. That was awesome. The ending is brilliant as well and I'm looking forward to reading the sequel, "Jim's Life." This book took me awhile to read, not because I wasn't captivated, intrigued and mesmerized, but exactly FOR those reasons. I always read a lot of books at the same time; it works for me and I love it. The Little Universe is a beautiful story, a treasure really. A unique world I could tap into from time to time to absorb the incredible sense of wonder and intrigue. This inspiring story made me think and was a ton of fun; I had a blast reading it. I didn't want it to end and was sad when it did, but also elated for Jim. Great, great story,

  • Kelly Waks
    2019-05-18 03:02

    As an atheist, reading this book bring a creative light to a lifetime long argument that everyone has been part of at one time or another. By taking the idea of creationism and applying it through science, the author makes you think about what if someone did make us, whether you look at it as did God make us, or our we a small universe in a science experiment gone right.

  • Andrew
    2019-05-19 03:47

    A Scientist achieves his goal of creating a miniature universe in a lab. But not only are galaxies, stars and planets formed but life establishes itself in this universe. The Scientist, who has been an atheist all his life, gradually questions his views on creation. I enjoyed this book which raised questions of science, creation, evolution and religion.

  • Jack Webb
    2019-05-25 05:01

    an amazing book. I did not want to put it down but to go to the next and then the next page to see how it would turn out. I cannot say enough about how impactful the book is on many levels. Makes me want to look into the subconscious.

  • InD'tale Magazine
    2019-05-22 04:47

    For those who have ever wondered how the universe started, what it was like, or when life really began, this is the perfect book!Read full review in the 2012 October issue of InD’tale Magazine.

  • Nicki805
    2019-05-19 06:56

    Loved it!!

  • Edward
    2019-05-31 05:53

    excellent book i loved it looking forward to the sequel

  • Gordon Maybury
    2019-05-29 06:48

    kinda entertaining.novel plot. Sometimes I want my reading to grab and hold me , other times, its just an way to fall asleep. This is more of the latter.