Discovery: Proton Field, Book 1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
This is the tale of Myr Sevii, a young woman who discovers a field that suppresses static electrical effects and warps space in a fashion that attracts protons. It's a hard science fiction exploration of what might happen if you were able to pull protons into a tiny volume and - having suppressed static repulsion - crush them together. The story examines how this new discovery affects Myr and will soon affect the world around her.
Changes abound in the company Myr works for, in the people around her, and in her family. So many unexpected technological revolutions are happening at the same time that it's hard for Myr and her friends to come to grips with them.
When word of the inventions gets out, vultures gather - wanting the tech for themselves.
Some of those people will kill to get what they want....
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|Listening Length||7 hours and 19 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||April 18, 2017|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #148,738 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#676 in Hard Science Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#3,165 in Hard Science Fiction (Books)
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Dahners writes characters who are geniuses yet incredibly flawed. This makes the reader relate to them more. High schooler Myr Sevii isn't as socially challenged as, say, Vaz Gettnor. Her difficult personality doesn't fall somewhere in the Asperger's/autism range like Vaz's does. What Myr is, is obstinate and surly and suspicious. She suffers no fools gladly. She's the heroine in Discovery: Proton Field #1. We first meet her the same time as her future benefactor, Arlan Miller, as he attends a science fair in Kansas as a judge. He's drawn to Myr's exhibit, the sign for it claiming: "A New Field Which Supresses the Electrostatic Force." Miller suspects a hoax but can't figure out the trick. The other judges don't give Myr's project a second look. Sucks for them. Miller hands a wary Myr his business card and watches her as she loads her equipment into a beat-up old car.
Myr may be prickly, but Dahners is savvy enough to ground her in a warm and loving family environment. You can't help but sympathize with what the Seviis are going thru. The mother is a single parent and a nurse pulling double shifts whenever she can to afford the care of Myr's younger brother who has muscular dystrophy. Myr herself has a bit of a learning disability. She's good at figuring things out before anyone else, but she can't retain the process. Faced with later troubleshooting the same problem, she has to start from scratch again. Her school grades won't wow anyone.
Like the Vaz and Ell Donsaii books, the Proton Field series is set in a very near future where AIs act as disembodied, voice-activated butlers. We actually have this service now, what with Siri, Alexa, Cortana, etc. Anyway, this writer puts the science back in science fiction. Admittedly, my IQ doesn't allow me to easily follow whenever Dahners dives into heavy scientific exposition. My clearest comprehension of Myr's discovery is encapsulated in the book's wicked cool cover, my biggest take away being that the suppression field causes your hair to awesomely stand up. It speaks of Dahners' talent as a storyteller that I'm willing to slog thru what to me is essentially multisyllabic gibberish. He's made me care about the characters.
As a manly man and a sports buff, I appreciate that Dahners doesn't make his protagonists strictly cerebral. Just as Vaz is a demonic wrestler and Ell a physical marvel who effortlessly masters any sport, so, too, is Myr a formidable athlete, in fact, an exceptional hoopster. To make extra cash, Myr enjoys conning guys at the gym into playing (and betting on) a game of Horse. What these jocks don't know is that Myr is a veritable Jamila Wideman. Put the crossover on them, Myr.
But hoops is only a side excursion, even if tremendously satisfying. There's also satisfaction in how Myr and her colleagues go thru the highs and lows of the process of scientific experimentation. It's sweat and endless repetition and failure upon failure before achieving even a smidge of success. Dahners also has a habit of introducing an element of villainy, this time in the guise of industrial espionage as the baddies begin to take Myr's imaginary, pie in the sky discovery more seriously. Dahners is so good at this. He gives you the wide-eyed wonder. He infuses you with a love of - or, if not love, then appreciation for - science and the propulsive value of curiosity. He throws in enough human drama and personal interplay to invest you in his characters. He then throws these characters in harm's way which then amps up your investment in them. It's a nice trick.
That sets you apart. Plus you spin good yarns too, Bro.
My one 'but' is that though I admire your main POVs, I can't empathise with them at all. Physically I'm an average-average guy married to a shy above average woman. Give me advanced tech and I've made it dance a jig. So has the bride. ... But, athletically at my peak I could never make the B team.
I like well written Sf, but it only really speaks to me when it's ordinary guys and girls doing noteworthy / herioc things when challenged to overcome with their common abilities.
You aren't an offender here; but I view the trend toward "Superheroism" in Sf with alarm. That sends the message that us ordinary humans need not show up, we're just in the way while the Titans fight.
I fear this is the pop-philosophical basis for the revival of classical Feudalism, Classism and modern Fascism. The triumph of the American and English system has always been that an army of common, trained Yeomen continuously defeated armies of trained Supermen in the crucible of war.
I fear we're losing that certitude, which is one of the key pillars of our republican / parliamentary tradition.
Looking forward to where you take this story arc. Write on bro.