If he had known then that it is the observer who creates reality, he would have despised the birds even more for being the creators of a failed world. (Juli Zeh, in Dark Matter)
Like love, Dark Matter (the novel) is a many-splendoured (or, more precisely, multi-layered) thing. Which is great — especially if, like me, you have a taste for a little bit of quantum physics on the side.
The characters grapple with questions concerning the nature of reality, and find themselves obliged to do some critical thinking in relation to the major dualities — right/wrong, success/failure, good/evil, etc …
The current Wikipedia article on Reality is very much a ‘work in progress’ — hardly surprising, given the topic.
But how do you feel about blaming the birds in the trees for being “the creators of a failed world”?
There! It’s out now. It’s been articulated … the words have been spoken …
Zeh, Juli. 2010. [Copyright © Schöffling & Co. Verlagsbuchhandlung GmBH 2007. English translation copyright © Christine Lo 2010.] Dark matter. London: Harville Secker [p221]