Not sure just what the genre is, but it is about a particle physics scientist, a young woman, working with a university physics team, and and her boyfriend, an anthropologist at the same university. The physics team has just created a void … a hole in the universe, which they have named Lack. Well, this void has preferences. It will accept certain items into its nothingness, but not others. Alice fall out of love with the boyfriend, and into love with Lack, whose preference is not for her.
All kinds of folks, scientists and non-scientists alike try feeding items into Lack. But the one thing it definitely doesn’t want is Alice.
The distinguished Italian scientists predicts that Lack will eventually close, he can see the signs already. He also claims to have solved the riddle of Lack. He says that
Cnsciousness creates reality. Only when there is a mind to consider the world is there a world. There’s no world where there isn’t a mentality to consider a world. An example: there are subatomic particles as far as we are willing to look. We create them. Consciousness writes reality, in any direction it looks — past, future, big, small. Wherever we look, we find reality forming in response.
Reality is unwilling to fully exist without an observer. If consciousness is required to confirm the new reality, you have to provide the consciousness too. You can’t make just a whole new universe full of reality, without making the commitment to look at it.
So, the upshot is that Lack is a void with consciousness that wants to make a reality and so it uses the stuff that the folks are tossing into the void to create another world, or dimension, if you will.
Our boy tries to enter the void …. and OMG … is successful and ends up in a strange world comprised of all the junk and items that people had tossed into Lack. He returns to the entry point, and pops back to the lab, to find it is still not his original world, but that of some blind guys who entered Lack, and he is now in their blind world. He tries again and ends up in the void, as the void.
It is a pretty interesting concept, and reads way better than this pitiful plot description does.
It is a bit about science and physics, a bit about love and romance and how fragile that can be, a bit about tweaking academia, and a bit about ‘how far can I go with this concept?’. Really a fun read.