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About Douglas Phillips
Douglas Phillips is the best selling author of Phenomena, a story of intrigue, psychological distress, and scientific discovery surrounding the mysteries of human consciousness, along with the Quantum Series, a trilogy of science fiction thrillers set in the fascinating world of particle physics where bizarre is an everyday thing. In each story, the pace is quick and the protagonists - along with the reader - are drawn deeper into mysteries that require intellect, not bullets, to resolve.
Doug has two science degrees, has designed and written predictive computer models, reads physics books for fun and peers into deep space through the eyepiece of his backyard telescope. Doug splits his time between Seattle and Tucson, travels the world with his wife, hikes with his two sons, and becomes a child all over again with his grandchildren.
"I love science fiction, especially stories that begin with real science and go from there. I've studied a wide range of science throughout my life. Now, I'm turning that experience into the stories I've always wanted to read."
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Eight months after the astounding discoveries made at Fermilab…
Particle physics was always an unlikely path to the stars, but with the discovery that space could be compressed, the entire galaxy had come within reach. The technology was astonishing, yet nothing compared to what humans encountered four thousand light-years from home. Now, with an invitation from a mysterious gatekeeper, the people of Earth must decide if they’re ready to participate in the galactic conversation.
The world anxiously watches as a team of four katanauts suit up to visit an alien civilization. What they learn on a watery planet hundreds of light-years away could catapult human comprehension of the natural world to new heights. But one team member must overcome crippling fear to cope with an alien gift she barely understands.
Back at Fermilab, strange instabilities are beginning to show up in experiments, leading physicists to wonder if they ever really had control over the quantum dimensions of space.
The second book of the Quantum series rejoins familiar characters and adds several more as it explores the frontiers of human knowledge and wisdom. Of course, it wouldn’t be part of the series if it didn’t have a few twists along the way!
Acclaim for Quantum Void
Anyone who likes a good, rousing edge of the seat romp through the unknown will like it as well. 5-Stars. - Midwest Book Review
Twenty-three intelligent species. One ancient mystery. And two humans thrust into the middle.
Daniel Rice hasn’t felt right since his return from a dystopian future now extinguished. Curious dreams repeat with detailed precision. A voice – or something – seems to be calling him. His problem isn’t medical, it’s not even scientific, and it’s driving his wife crazy.
Nala is worried, and she’s not the type to pace the halls while her overly analytic husband procrastinates. Earth’s scientific power couple is soon halfway around the world to consult with alien android, Aastazin. Zin is no doctor, but he has friends in high places. Very high.
Next stop, a thousand light years from home where an alien megacity shaped in a six-petaled flower hosts species from dozens of worlds. An inexplicable attack leaves Daniel wandering across an inhospitable planet and Nala alone among a confusing mashup of sentient beings. With little hope of finding each other, they learn there is more going on at this alien gathering place than they knew – aggressive security bots, an ancient mystery, and a pending vote that could shun humanity from the greatest collection of civilizations the galaxy has ever known.
In book #4 of the series, Daniel and Nala will need to make friends, avoid enemies, and leverage newfound knowledge to reconnect with each other and boost humanity’s chance of galactic membership.
Everyone knew time travel was impossible. Then reality intruded.
A dying man stumbles into a police station and collapses. In his fist is a mysterious coin with strange markings. He tells the police he’s from the future, and when they uncover the coin’s hidden message they’re inclined to believe him.
Daniel Rice never asked for fame but his key role in Earth’s first contact with an alien civilization thrust him into a social arena where any crackpot might take aim. When the FBI arrives at his door and predictions of the future start coming true, Daniel is dragged into a mission to save the world from nuclear holocaust. To succeed, he’ll need to exploit cobbled-together alien technology to peer into a world thirty years beyond his own.
The third book of the Quantum series goes far beyond extra dimensions of space to expose the curious paradoxes of time in a wild ride along the edges of scientific knowledge.
Acclaim for Quantum Time
Intense, edge of your seat entertainment, Quantum Time will push readers to stay up until all hours of the night to read one more page. Sci-fi and action adventure enthusiasts will love it! 5-Stars. - Midwest Book Review
Quantum Time manages the impossible: creating a time travel story with a plausible science basis and all the intricacy that quantum theory can provide. Add the complexities of human motives and frailties and a countdown to disaster, and you have a mind-bending journey to the future and back! - Kathryn Hoff, author of Bloodstone
Space turned out to be deeper than anyone imagined.
High above the windswept plains of Kazakhstan, three astronauts on board a Russian Soyuz capsule begin their reentry. A strange shimmer in the atmosphere, a blinding flash of light, and the capsule vanishes in a blink as though it never existed.
On the ground, evidence points to a catastrophic failure, but a communications facility halfway around the world picks up a transmission that could be one of the astronauts. Tragedy averted, or merely delayed? A classified government project on the cutting edge of particle physics holds the clues, and with lives on the line, there is little time to waste.
Daniel Rice is a government science investigator. Marie Kendrick is a NASA operations analyst. Together, they must track down the cause of the most bizarre event in the history of human spaceflight. They draw on scientific strengths as they plunge into the strange world of quantum physics, with impacts not only to the missing astronauts, but to the entire human race.
If you liked the authenticity of The Martian, the page-turning pace of Da Vinci Code, and the inspirational world view of Arthur C. Clarke, you'll love Quantum Space. A mind-bending journey from the ultra-small to the vast stage of the Milky Way.
Acclaim for Quantum Space
Awarded the indieBRAG Medallion for 2018
“Dazzling tale of weird science” - Publisher's Weekly
“Quantum Space is well-crafted, fast-paced, edge-of-your-seat entertaining!” - Robin Praytor, author of the Dark Landing series.
“If you are a fan of Ben Bova, David Brin or Greg Bear this is a book for you.” – BB&C
“Highly enjoyable, highly recommended. Now if you will excuse me, I have two more Quantum novels to read and not a lot of time (speaking in relative terms)…” – Catcher
“Quantum physics explained well with a great plot and characters. It is a great escape in times like these, cerebral with little sex and no violence!” – Jane Rubisch
“Could not put it down. Very believable. Loved it and as a person who wanted to be an astrophysicist but did not have enough smarts, the real science was a joy.” – Amazon customer
“Thought provoking, fast paced adventure into multi dimensions. I loved the physics explanations at the end of the book.” – DDC
“Fast paced, excellent character development, full of suspense with climactic moments that were compelling along with a great resolution. Great storytelling! Just finished and I'm already starting your next book.” – Lyn Blair
“Firmly rooted in real science, not the technological fantasy that passes for most of sci-fi these days. The story was well developed, good characters, great plot. My only complaint was that the novel read way too quick.” – Ian Adams
“The protagonists have an almost poetic underpinning that had me rooting for their success. I enjoyed this book thoroughly.” – J. Kareski
“Favorite book of the year.” – Karen
“Astonishing story. Rooted in real science, yet goes far beyond in a believable way. Not enough superlatives in my language to favorably comment on this story. Isaac Asimov would have loved it.” – James F. Goughenour
“This is probably one of the most entertaining and intellectually stimulating sci-fi stories that I’ve read in a very long time… and I read a LOT!” – Jason Blackford
Phenomena is a story of intrigue, psychological distress, and one scientist’s quest to untangle the mysteries of human consciousness…
Amelia Charron is a neuroscientist researching brain disorders. She routinely uses astonishing mind-linking technology that allows her to enter the dream world of patients. Each night, Amelia acts as a guide through the bizarre wonderland of the mind – an assisted lucid dream. It’s a technique that reroutes neural pathways to heal the brain, but it’s not without psychological dangers for both the patient and the guide.
Orlando Kwon will do anything to keep the frightening voices at bay. Alien voices, he’s sure, but he has no idea what they are saying. The medical diagnosis: early stage schizophrenia. With his life in tatters, a referral to a specialized neuroscience team might be his last chance.
Amelia is startled by what she sees in her newest patient’s mind. Frightening dreams of an unknown world are accompanied by knowledge the man couldn’t possibly have invented and a language no one has heard. In a race against time, Amelia must uncover the deep implications for her patient, herself, and humankind – before Orlando inserts the final component into a strange device he feels compelled to construct.
From the author of Quantum Space comes an exciting new novel that begins in real science and inexorably pulls the reader toward the deepest wonders of our universe.
Acclaim for Phenomena
“I couldn’t stop reading it! Phenomena got better and better with each page, with twists and turns I didn’t expect.” – Debi
“I love Douglas Phillips’ books and have read his Quantum series of books at least twice! This newest book is also outstanding - a lot of fun and very unusual in its premise and conclusion. Another winner!” – Joy Tracey
“If you have read any of the author's previous series you will come into this book with high expectations, prepare to have those expectation exceeded!” – Shawn P Bolan
“Started off fast and kept me engaged.” – Jennifer
“His books just keep getting better and better. I have long been a fan of GOOD scifi, but lately the current offerings are only the same dismal dystopian themes. What keeps me coming back to this author is the science, which is at the heart of all his books. And also the optimism that all that science brings with it. Not all that end-of-the-world rubbish!” – jeanmarie
“I guess I’m a sucker for this type of novel: intriguing technology speculation, a fast-paced read, plus some curveballs thrown in.” – Stever
“This book is such a page turner, I finished it in three days instead of making it last the entire vacation.” – John Stephens
“His storytelling has evolved to the point where his vivid imagery stayed in my mind long after finishing this book. Don’t start reading this and think you’ll be able to put it down!” – Nancy B
“Understandable and fascinating due to the author's usual definitive way of incorporating facts and figures into the story line. I loved every single page of this book.” – magaliasue
“A quick paced story delving into the human consciousness unlike any other SciFi story I've read.” – Joe Z
“I'd really enjoyed the Quantum Series before and Phenomena is even better.” – Charles Martel
Forget everything you know about reality. The quantum world doesn't play by those rules.
Daniel Rice is a government science investigator whose specialty is solving seemingly intractable problems through scientific inquiry.
But Daniel's intellectual strength is sorely tested by the bizarre realities he finds in the quantum world. Extra dimensions of space trap the unwary, probability replaces cause and effect, and time isn't what anyone imagined. The other side of the mirror is a place full of dangers, but it's also somewhere a dedicated scientist can uncover secrets that connect humans with something greater.
If you liked the authenticity of The Martian, the page-turning pace of Da Vinci Code, and the inspirational world views of Arthur C. Clarke and Carl Sagan, you'll love The Quantum Series. A mind-bending journey from the ultra-small to the vast stage of the Milky Way.
Acclaim for The Quantum Series
Awarded the indieBRAG Medallion for 2018
"Dazzling tale of weird science" - Publisher's Weekly
"I can't recall when I last enjoyed a hard science series as much as this one. The concepts were astounding, the characters were easily believable, and the action emotionally driven. Very hard to put down. It kept me reading half the night. You'll be thinking about the far out science ideas promulgated in this series for a long time." - Chuck Juzek
"A great story, no hatred, no evil people trying to destroy others, just a wonderful adventure with a fantastic outcome." - Ric Mannen
"Fermi's Paradox is finally explained." - PE Gwinn
"An exciting plot that kept me glued to my chair instead of mowing the lawn." - PE Gwinn
"Probably one of the most entertaining and intellectually stimulating stories I've read in a long time... and I read a LOT!" - Jason Blackford
"Great story that proves the universe is indeed full of magic!" - Rand
"The protagonists have an almost poetic underpinning that had me rooting for their success." - J. Kareski
"BTW, all three books show respect and admiration for women scientists as well as men." - Robin C.
"Mr. Phillips is the only person who explained quantum physics to me in a way that was not only understandable but entertaining." - Edward L. Heins
Prologue to the Quantum Series(1 Quantum Space, 2 Quantum Void and 3 Quantum Time)
The long sought Higgs boson has been discovered at the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva. Scientists rejoice in the confirmation of quantum theory, but a reporter attending the press conference believes they may be hiding something.
Nala Pasquier is a particle physicist at Fermi National Laboratory in Illinois. Building on the 2012 discovery, she has produced a working prototype with capabilities that are nothing less than astonishing.
Daniel Rice is a government science investigator with a knack for uncovering the details that others miss. But when he's assigned to investigate a UFO over Nevada, he'll need more than scientific skills, he'll need every bit of patience he can muster.