Book Spotlight: Quantum Leap Novel Series

From 1992 to 2000, Ace Books published a Quantum Leap novel series featuring original adventures of Sam and Al, often delving into story lines that the TV show didn’t or couldn’t cover.

Presented here is the entire novel series in order of publication, including the official description for each book. Intrigued? Click on the cover images to get your own copies and complete your collection!

Quantum Leap: The Novel
(also known as Carney Knowledge)

by Ashley McConnell

Trapped in the body of a 1950s carnival worker, Sam Beckett learns the true meaning of thrills and chills. According to Al, Sam’s holographic contact with the future, a roller coaster will derail in four days…

The accident will result in seven deaths…

And Sam’s chances of stopping it are–one in a million.

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Quantum Leap: Too Close for Comfort

by Ashley McConnell

LEAPER BEWARE… THE FUTURE YOU ALTER MAY BE YOUR OWN!

When Dr. Sam Beckett leaps into the middle of a men’s encounter group, circa 1990, he meets… Al?

Not the holographic Al from the near-future, but a younger, soul-searching Al, beating his naked chest in a mock-tribal quest for his primitive nature!

It all seems pretty funny to Sam–except for the fact that his mission could make or break the Quantum Leap Project… for ALL time.

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Quantum Leap: The Wall

by Ashley McConnell

WHEN YOU’RE UP AGAINST THE WALL, LEAP BEFORE YOU LOOK…

Germany, 1961. A rigid world of dangerous politics and strife. The Berlin Wall is under construction. And Dr. Sam Beckett has leaped into the life of a six-year-old-girl…

As Missy, he feels small and helpless. What can a child do to alter the fate of Germany and the world? Sam is about to find out-when he leaps again…into the adult Missy…

On the day the Wall comes tumbling down.

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Quantum Leap: Prelude

by Ashley McConnell

HERE’S HOW IT ALL BEGAN!

Dr. Sam Beckett wasn’t always a leaper. And Admiral Al Calavicci wasn’t always a holographic image. In 1993, at Stallion’s Gate, New Mexico, Sam and Al were ordinary men with extraordinary ambitions…

Project Quantum Leap was only a dream.

What was the secret that made Ziggy much more than a machine? Why did Sam really want to travel in time? Where was Al that fateful winter night? And who almost destroyed the dream before it began?

The answers are just a leap away…

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Quantum Leap: Knights of the Morningstar

by Melanie Rawn

A LEAPER IN SHINING ARMOR

When the blue light fades after his latest Leap, Dr. Sam Beckett finds himself wielding a sword–and facing a man in full armor!

No, Sam hasn’t leaped into the court of King Arthur. He’s jousting his way through a medieval recreation group, battling for the hand of a fair lady. But sword fighting isn’t the only challenge Sam faces. A sinister new player has entered the game. Someone who threatens not only the Project, but Sam’s life as well.

Another Leaper.

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Quantum Leap: Search and Rescue

by Melissa Crandall

WHEN TRAPPED BETWEEN TWO STORMS, SURVIVAL BECOMES A LEAP OF FAITH…

The thunder rolls over the desert in New Mexico, and Sam Beckett leaps into a man named Philip Payne, a doctor involved in the search for a plane that went down in the wilds of British Columbia.

The lightning flashes–and Project Observer Al Calavicci also leaps, into a passenger on the plane.

Now Sam must race against time and the forces of nature for the sake of a father and daughter at bitter odds–and for the life of his friend.

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Quantum Leap: Random Measures

by Ashley McConnell

LOVERS AND LEAPERS… WILD DEATH DO THEM PART?

Sam’s got trouble. He’s leaped into a young half-breed Indian named Wickie–with no background, no mission, and no word from Al.

Meanwhile, Al’s found something more interesting than Sam’s mission. A beautiful woman named Janna…Janna Calavicci. As in Mrs. Al Calavicci.

But marital bliss may be short-lived as time runs out for Sam. And Al must make a deadly choice. Because helping Sam could change more than Wickie’s future. It could erase Janna from his life forever…

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Quantum Leap: Pulitzer

by L. Elizabeth Storm

A LEAP FOR AN UNKNOWN SOLDIER

Maryland, 1975. Sam has leaped into a psychiatrist at Bethesda Naval Hospital. A newly released POW just off the plane from Vietnam–a Lieutenant John Doe–has been admitted for psychiatric evaluation.

But when Sam walks into Doe’s room for the first time, he realizes this soldier has a name to go with his face: Lieutenant Al Calivicci.

Now Sam must think fast, because some unhappy Pentagon officials have questions for Al. Questions about his imprisonment. His captors. And his reported treason against the United States of America…

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Quantum Leap: Double or Nothing

by C.J. Henderson

ONE LEAP, TWO BODIES…

May 10, 1986: Sam Leaps into a hard-living trucker, faced with family and financial disaster.

May 10, 1986: Sam Leaps into a brilliant university professor, a man who seems to have it all.

Back at the Project, Ziggy announces she is sick, the man in the Waiting Room won’t wake up, and Al–unable to contact Sam–is feeling increasingly desperate.

As of May 10, 1986, Sam is on a collision course with himself–trapped in twin brothers who are mortal enemies…

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Quantum Leap: Odyssey

by Barbara E. Walton

WILL A LEAPER LEARN HIS LESSONS BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE?

In 1983, in a small town in upstate New York, Sam Beckett has a problem. He’s leaped into a brilliant but troubled boy named Sean O’Connor, who’s part of a gifted students’ program called Olympics of the Mind. The program is about to be cancelled, and if it is, Ziggy says terrible things will happen to Sean and his friends as they grow up. But how can a twelve-year-old boy put right what is about to go wrong?

In 1999, in the center of the secret project known as Quantum Leap, Al Calavicci has an even bigger problem. The real Sean O’Connor is in “detention” in the Waiting Room–and he’s determined to escape.

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Quantum Leap: Independence

by John Peel

A LEAP FOR LIBERTY?

It’s August 1776. The War for Independence has begun, pitting neighbor against neighbor. Samuel Beckett must take his stand with one side or the other.

But Samuel Beckett–the real Samuel Beckett–is now over two hundred years in the future, and his several-times-great-grandson has taken his place.

Is Samuel Beckett a patriot or a Tory? Or, as some suspect, a double agent? Ziggy doesn’t know and Sam’s swiss-cheesed brain can’t remember the family history.

So Sam is left on his own to discover the dangerous truth…

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Quantum Leap: Angels Unaware

by L. Elizabeth Storm

A LEAPER EARNS HIS WINGS…

September, 1981. A little girl named Teresa Bruckner is visited by an angel–a man in strange clothes, who says his name is Al. He sings her a lullaby and promises to come back someday, before vanishing in a flash of blue light.

April, 1995. Teresa Bruckner is no longer sure she believes in the angel named Al. In fact, she doesn’t know what she believes in anymore. So she goes to a peaceful New England monastery to rest and think and plan. And, according to Ziggy, to die.

Now Sam Beckett–who has Leaped into a visiting priest–must change things for Teresa, as he did once before. But the odds are not good, and it soon becomes obvious that it will take more than one Leaper and one cigar-smoking angel to save her from certain death…

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Quantum Leap: Obsessions

by Carol Davis

LEAPING ALL YOUR TROUBLES BEHIND?

A woman named Stephanie Keller has come to Albuquerque, demanding to see Dr. Samuel Beckett, immediately. Who is she? A fortune-hunting opportunist? A sensation-seeking journalist? Or, as she claims, Sam’s wife…

Sam Beckett, the one person who might be able to answer these questions, isn’t available, of course. He’s fifteen years in the past, enjoying a Leap that seems almost like a vacation, as a winter caretaker in a summer resort, with very little to do, and only a large, friendly dog for company.

What he doesn’t know, what he can’t be told, is that Stephanie Keller is about to turn his life and his work into a tabloid headline. Whether she is a glitch in time, or a scam artist, she has become a threat to the very existence of Project Quantum Leap. And if she can’t be stopped, Sam’s vacation Leap may be his last…

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Quantum Leap: Loch Ness Leap

by Sandy Schofield

A MONSTER LEAP…

Dr. Donald Harding, theoretical physicist, believes only in science. His son Travis believes in the unbelievable.

It’s March of 1986 when Sam leaps into Harding, who has come to Loch Ness, where his son is attempting to prove to him the existence of the fabled monster. Ziggy says that there is a fifty percent chance that Sam is there to keep the two from becoming permanently estranged.

But Sam suspects that there is something more to the leap–something concerning Travis Harding’s girlfriend, an oddly familiar young woman who calls herself Dixie Fuller.

Sam is right. He is not at Loch Ness for Donald Harding’s son–he is there for his own daughter. And what he does will be the key to her future–as well as his own…

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Quantum Leap: Heat Wave

by Melanie Kent

THE HEAT IS ON

Summer, 1955: During one of the most brutal heat waves in recent memory, Sam Leaps into a sheriff in small-town Oklahoma. A young white woman has been viciously murdered, and the only suspect is black–an honest man who stands to lose everything if convicted.

Sam must move fast to prove the man’s innocence–while keeping the peace in a town about to be torn apart by racial violence.

Meanwhile, the real killer is watching Sam’s every move–waiting for the perfect moment to end the investigation for good…

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Quantum Leap: Foreknowledge

by Christopher DeFilippis

A LETHAL LEAP

It’s 1976, and Sam Leaps out of a woman named Ann-Marie Renerie. But Ann-Marie is not pleased with her changed life. She’s left with a plea-bargained jail sentence she doesn’t remember agreeing to, and a hazy memory of the name of the man she thinks is responsible for her imprisonment.

1988: Ann-Marie’s sentence is over, and now she is dedicated to the single obsessive purpose that got her through twelve years in prison. Death to Dr. Sam Beckett!

Meanwhile, Sam, on his messiest mission yet–as a female mud wrestler–must work on his own. He can’t be told that Al and the rest of the Project are frantically struggling to stop a madwoman before she stops Sam Beckett–forever!

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Quantum Leap: Song and Dance

by Mindy Peterman

LEAP FOR THE STARS

It’s 1978, and Sam has Leaped into Noah Ellman, son to Gerda Ellman. Gerda, a former borscht-belt dancer, is just days away from fulfilling her dreams of stardom. If Sam can make sure that her partner Marty shows up for the “You Can Be a Star” talent search.

But Sam has other ideas about the reason for the Leap. Noah is a man woefully lacking in self-confidence. His new employer, Rebecca Wexler, is a young woman hiding a terrible secret.

Al’s having trouble keeping Sam focused on the search for the deadbeat dancer. And he’s getting no help from Ziggy, who has “gone on strike.”

For Ziggy knows something that neither Leaper nor Observer has yet discovered–“Marty” will turn out to be a familiar face. And changing his life for the better could change the Project for the worse…

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Quantum Leap: Mirror’s Edge

by Carol Davis

THE LAST LEAP?

It’s 1999–Five years after the Leap that started it all.

It’s 1999–For Sam Beckett who has Leaped into Joe Powell, one of the richest men in America, a potential presidential candidate, and a man who is used to getting his way.

Its 1999–For Al Calavicci, for Donna Alessi-Beckett, for all the people at Project Quantum Leap who know that Sam is in their present, home but yet not home.

But the holes in Sam’s Swiss cheese memory are starting to fill, the man in the Waiting Room is strangely, disturbingly calm, and Ziggy is dispensing information that can hardly be believed.

Something is about to happen. Something that will change Sam’s life adn the lives of those who love him–forever.

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Quantum Leap: A to Z

by Julie Barrett

TEST YOUR QUANTUM LEAP IQ—TURN TO THE FIRST PAGE

A fan’s companion to the popular television series provides definitions for Quantum Leap terms, a complete episode description guide, a mini bio of Sam Beckett, Al Calavicci’s life story, and a history of Ziggy.

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