MIKE CHEN at Books Inc. Alameda & KALW

Author image of Mike Chen and cover photo of his book a Quantum Love Story

Join us for next Live Recorded Event in Partnership with KALW, this month featuring bestselling author, Mike Chen and host of Sights and Sounds, Jenee Darden. 

Mike and Jenee will be in conversation about Mike's latest novel,  A Quantum Love Story, and his ‘Star Wars’ novel and galaxies far, far away… 

Mike Chen brings us an epic love story—in a time loop. When strangers Mariana Pineda and Carter Cho get stuck together repeating the same four days, finally reaching Friday might mean having to give up the connection growing between them.

A cozy sci-fi novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Star Wars: Brotherhood

The only thing harder than finding someone in a time loop is losing them.

Grieving her best friend's recent death, neuroscientist Mariana Pineda’s ready to give up everything to start anew. Even her career—after one last week consulting at a top secret particle accelerator.

Except the strangest thing happens: a man stops her…and claims they've met before. Carter Cho knows who she is, why she's mourning, why she's there. And he needs Mariana to remember everything he’s saying.

Because time is about to loop.

In a flash of energy, it’s Monday morning. Again. Together, Mariana and Carter enter an inevitable life, four days at a time, over and over, without permanence except for what they share.

But just as they figure out this new life, everything changes. Because Carter's memories of the time loop are slowly disappearing. And their only chance at happiness is breaking out of the loop—forever.

“This unusual and satisfying near-future time-travel adventure fires on all cylinders.” —Publishers Weekly

A Quantum Love Story is the definitive time-loop romance, and one for the ages. I quantum loved it… Mission: Impossible meets When Harry Met Sally...a masterpiece." —Fan Fi Addict

“Combining the sweet redemption and understated romance of Groundhog Day with the multiple explosive resets of Edge of Tomorrow, this novel from Chen loops its way through a charming story about opposites attracting, the human ability to reset expectations and emotions against all the odds, and the power of one woman willing to make a big sacrifice for a small change that might just save the universe.” —Library Journal

“This unusual and satisfying near-future time-travel adventure fires on all cylinders.” —Publishers Weekly

"A riveting climax. The novel’s easy but intricate world building and exciting twists make it one that fans of soft or character-based sf will really enjoy." —Booklist

"A journey of scientific and self-discovery...a great mix of ideas." —Kirkus

“A book that—as suggested by the title—blends science and romance together to tell a story that is every bit as twisty and surprising as the quantum physics and time loops that make up the plot... A Quantum Love Story is one of those winding, engaging books that had me absolutely hooked from the start.” —The Geeky Waffle

“This emotional new novel from Mike Chen combines what is best about science fiction, mystery and romance… The result is a world rendered in Technicolor, every corner lit, every scene set so that the reader can walk right in. Chen's charming characterizations are at their best.” —Scientific American

“What makes a reader want to follow a protagonist into hell? We adore a capable protagonist who manages tough situations with ease...The heart of A Quantum Love Story is troubleshooting. Mariana and Carter invent brilliant plans to escape their ourobourous… Good thing they’ve got plenty of time on their hands.” —The Washington Post

“Another well-written, fun novel, with two characters you root for, a cute cat named Maggie, lots of food that will make you hungry, and time travel. Fans of Mike Chen will enjoy this one.” —Red Carpet Crash

“Mike Chen strikes an effortless balance between science fiction, action, and heart. This book kept me turning pages late into the night with its propulsive plot and irresistible characters. A Quantum Love Story is a love letter to second chances and beyond.” —Natalka Burian, author of The Night Shift

"I'm a sucker for a time loop, so my expectations were high and A Quantum Love Story did not disappoint. A delightful twist on the time loop story—warm, fun, pacy, unexpected, and satisfying." —Catriona Silvey, author of Meet Me In Another Life

"Time isn't a flat circle; it's a donut. Love isn't mystery; it's a miracle. This book beats like a patient heart that can't stop reliving the moments when it last loved you." —Meg Elison, author of Number One Fan

"Sweeping, heartfelt, and harrowing. As always, Chen enthralls by combining pulse-racing stakes with charming characters." —Noelle Salazar, internationally bestselling author of The Flight Girls and Angels of the Resistance 

"Mike Chen's A Quantum Love Story is a delight of a novel. Mariana and Carter join his pantheon of richly drawn characters in a story that offers freshness and surprises throughout a time loop. Also, there's a really good dog. I enjoyed it immensely." —Kat Howard, author of the Unseen World duology

“Mike Chen’s latest novel A Quantum Love Story is a delightful romp through a time loop….quite an enjoyable page turner.” —8Asians

“Chen manages to bypass some of the usual time loop tropes and make it fresh, and it’s a good mix of the sci-fi and the love story.” —Geekdad


Mike Chen is the New York Times bestselling author of Star Wars: BrotherhoodHere and Now and ThenLight Years From Home, and other novels. He has covered geek culture for sites such as NerdistTor.com, and StarTrek.com, and in a different life, covered the NHL. A member of SFWA, Mike lives in the Bay Area with his wife, daughter, and many rescue animals. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram: @mikechenwriter

Jeneé Darden is an award-winning journalist, author, public speaker and mental health advocate. She grew up in a diverse, working-class neighborhood in Oakland, Calif. and learned so much about life, people and culture from her community. The greatest gift she ever received was a journal her mother gave her at seven years old. She hasn't stopped writing since. Jeneé has reported for NPR, The Los Angles Times, Shondaland, Ebony, Marketplace, Refinery 29 and many other outlets. Listen to her on KALW 91.7 FM where she is the executive producer and host of the arts segment Sights & Sounds, as well as the show Sights + Sounds Magazine. She is also their East Oakland reporter. Her first short documentary Where is East Oakland was screened at the Oakland International Film Festival and has won awards. 

KALW is an educational FM public radio station, licensed to the San Francisco Unified School District, which serves the San Francisco Bay Area. Its studios are located at Phillip and Sala Burton Academic High School off Mansell Avenue in San Francisco, and its transmitter tower is on Twin Peaks

Event date: 
Tuesday, April 23, 2024 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Books Inc. Alameda
1344 Park St
Alameda, CA 94501
A Quantum Love Story By Mike Chen Cover Image
ISBN: 9780778369509
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Published: Mira Books - January 30th, 2024

Star Wars: Brotherhood By Mike Chen Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593358597
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Published: Random House Worlds - May 16th, 2023