The Qubit Zirconium: A KeyForge Novel by M Darusha Wehm

The Qubit Zirconium

A KeyForge Novel

The Qubit Zirconium

A KeyForge Novel

By M Darusha Wehm

Alien detectives stumble across a mystery that could tear apart their patchwork planet, the Crucible, in this riotous science fantasy novel from the smash hit game, KeyForge

Wibble & Pplimz, the Crucible’s most unusual private investigators, must set off from their office in Hub City to clear the name of a former client. Along the way, their investigation broadens from a simple accusation of theft to include a missing person, a potential murder, and a highly unusual gem. Four interlinking incidents take them across the Crucible, as they attempt to solve the case. But there’s something more sinister lurking underneath: evidence of a secret society that aims to discover the power of the Architects, and forever change the nature of the Crucible itself.

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In the center of the universe hangs the Crucible, an artificial world built from the pieces of countless planets. Over millions of years of new environments and societies being added to the world, cultures have expanded, creatures explore: adventuring, surviving, and even thriving. Meanwhile, Godlike Archons use the other inhabitants to compete in battle and unlock the secrets of the Crucible, gathering the mystical substance Æmber to enter Vaults hidden by the planet’s legendary creators.

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Publication Details

Page Count: 336pp
Cover Art: Natalie Russo
Genre: Science Fiction

Paperback edition

US On Sale Date: April 13, 2021
UK On Sale Date: June 10, 2021
Paperback ISBN: 9781839080661
Paperback Dimensions: 197mm x 130mm

Ebook edition

Global Ebook On Sale Date: April 13, 2021
ebook ISBN: 9781839080678


Global On Sale: January 18, 2022
ISBN: 9781666190847

About the Author

M. DARUSHA WEHM is the Nebula Award-nominated and Sir Julius Vogel Award-winning author of the interactive fiction game The Martian Job, as well as the science fiction novels Beautiful RedChildren of ArkadiaThe Voyage of the White Cloud, and the Andersson Dexter cyberpunk detective series. Their mainstream books include the Devi Jones’ Locker YA series and the humorous coming-of-age novel The Home for Wayward Parrots. Darushas short fiction and poetry have appeared in many venues, including Terraform and Nature. Originally from Canada, Darusha lives in Wellington, New Zealand after spending several years sailing the Pacific.

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Interviews and Articles

“I’m a big fan of odd couple pairings, where they bicker and annoy each other with their differences, but those differences are their strength as a team, and as friends.”
Track of Words, Interview with M Darusha Wehm, author of The Qubit Zirconium


“What’s nice about this setting is that the author sticks to their guns throughout and keeps the entire thing as a well-plotted and well paced thriller, full  of the twists and turns that you’d expect to find in a good detective novel.”

“As you read through The Qubit Zirconium, it immediately becomes clear that Wehm knows exactly how to write a compelling and intricate mystery thriller, deftly interweaving surprising events and colourful characters with complex motivations to create an engaging and multi-faceted narrative that is always utterly enthralling and keeps you on the edge of your seat.”
SciFi and Fantasy Reviewer

“A mysterious winding jaunt through a world of wonder, sure to keep you glued to the pages. I’d give it ★★★★★.”
Rae Reads

“The story was very entertaining. Sometimes feeling like a comedic road trip / buddy movie. Sometimes feeling like a thrilling mystery where you’ll wonder what the next clue will be and where it will take us.”
Rae Reads

“A mystery set in the wacky world of a CCG, featuring private detectives with a difference. Actually, a lot of differences. The PIs – a female alien who floats, and a nattily-dressed nonbinary cyborg – are not even a little bit noir; they don’t get beaten up while pursuing their investigation, they’re rigidly ethical in their methods, and they’re not desperate for money. There are definitely people who will enjoy following the likeable protagonists through the interesting setting as they gradually unpick the puzzle.”
Mike RM

“I really enjoyed the characters, there were some obvious tropes being introduced, the Star Alliance are a thinly veiled Federation after all, and the Martians are the very picture of the little green men we joke about, but again, the card game is very much about taking obvious tropes and twisting them ever so slightly.”
Big Geordie Geek

“An absolutely brilliant read… if you’re looking for some fresh sci-fi that offers a fascinating, fleshed-out world, without taking itself too seriously, then [The Qubit Zirconium] is a great place to go.”
The Story Board

“I had so much fun diving into this place and, through the action and plot, imagining exploring it. But Wibble and Pplimz make the story.”
Dear Author

“Evocative, cunningly plotted and the most unusual stories in the anthology.”
– SciFi and Fantasy Reviewer on Wibble and Pplimz, Investigators for Hire by M Darusha Wehm

“Evocative, cunningly plotted and the most unusual stories in the anthology.”
– SciFi and Fantasy Reviewer

The Qubit Zirconium: A KeyForge Novel by M Darusha Wehm

Global Ebook On Sale: April 13, 2021
US Paperback On Sale: April 13, 2021
UK Paperback On Sale: June 10, 2021
Global Audiobook On Sale: January 18, 2022

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