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About Laurence Dahners
Laury Dahners lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and enjoys composing and recording music as well as painting. Recently he's become interested in writing novels. For a day job he worked (retired now) as an orthopedic surgeon and taught at the University of North Carolina Medical School, Department of Orthopaedics.
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It’s also the fifth story in a combined series of tales that begins with the novelette “Porter” and the two “Blindspot Stories.”
In this book, by luck of the draw, Witt and Hax Buchry become roommates in their college athletic dorm. Through that connection, Witt meets Hax’s sister Roni (you’ve hopefully met Roni and Hax and learned about their talents in the Blindspot books).
Elsewhere in the dorm, Witt encounters Maja, an orphaned refugee from Cyreea (similar to Syria in our parallel universe).
Recognizing the power of the many psychic talents they have between them, Witt, Roni, and Hax wonder whether they could use those abilities to rescue Maja’s brother and uncle from their desperate circumstances in Cyreea.
Meanwhile, Hax’s playing football and Roni’s hacking computers. Allie/Eva’s leading her band, Eve of Destruction.
And, Witt’s running track, excelling at math, and meeting Allie/Eva while playing music on street corners.
Can they come together to make a difference in their world?
“Telekinetic” is the first of a series of post-apocalyptic stories featuring the Hyllis family. The collapse of civilization has reduced their people back to iron and horsepower. The Hyllises tend to inherit “tele-talents” such as telekinesis and teleportation. Tarc Hyllis’ mother (and his grandfather before her) could “feel” things with their talent. They became healers because they could feel inside their patients, which frequently let them diagnose the underlying causes of an illness. Having made a diagnosis, unfortunately, there was often little they could do to treat a problem. Tarc’s father can “push” objects with his mind, but, because he can’t feel inside anything, he doesn’t know where to exert force in order to help to treat his wife’s patients. Tarc’s just gaining the ability to do both of these things. The combination of these two powers will let him both diagnose a physical problem such as internal bleeding, and then stop that bleeding by applying pressure inside the patient. His mother finds this development extraordinarily exciting. She has too often had to watch her patients die for lack of an effective treatment. Then some strangers show up to scout the town where the Hyllises live. They plan and initiate a violent takeover. Could Tarc’s powers, weak as they are, play a role in resisting this invasion? It turns out he can guide a knife after it’s thrown…
As customers started to filter in for lunch, Tarc wondered whether, in a bigger city there would be so many patients coming and asking for his mother’s skills that she could support the family without having to keep a tavern.
As soon as the tavern’s usual slow time in the afternoon began, his mother sent him upstairs with instructions to stop his other reading and begin studying their atlas of anatomy. At first he felt angry to be sent off early to study, but as he climbed the stairs he heard Daussie complaining about having to do one of his chores. He grinned to himself, thinking of her downstairs working while he was up studying.
To his surprise, Tarc suddenly found the world of anatomy fascinating. The atlas started with the arm. Inside his own arm, his ghost found each of the structures shown in the book’s drawings. Somehow, he’d been thinking each person’s insides were different, but apparently, they were, to a surprising degree, similar.
Later, Daussie came upstairs to work on her own reading assignment. She told Tarc to head back down because the kitchen needed water. As he passed through the kitchen his mother grasped his wrist to stop him. “What’s the name of this bone?” she asked, pointing to the midpoint between his shoulder and elbow.
Staring wide-eyed at her, he shrugged, “I don’t know.”
“Didn’t you start at the beginning of the book?”
“And you didn’t see the arm bone in there?”
“Yes, and I compared it to my own. Mine seems to be shaped almost exactly like the ones in the book,” he said with evident surprise. “I’d thought there’d be a lot more differences.”
Eva nodded but frowned, “Why don’t you know its name?”
“I thought I was just supposed to learn where things were and how they were hooked up. What do the names matter?”
“So you, and I, and other healers can talk to one another. If you’re going to take care of people, you not only need to know what their parts are, but what the names of their parts are. The language is important!”
Tarc shrugged, “Okay, okay, I’ll learn the names.
In it, he navigates the plights of his senior year in high school. At the same time, his mom and family are struggling with issues arising from his parents’ recent divorce and the financial problems caused by his father’s drinking and subsequent loss of employment.
Witt first realizes he has a talent for controlling the flow of time when one of the football players throws a punch at him—for the sin of talking to the big guy’s girlfriend. Time slows around Witt and he suddenly finds himself easily able to dodge the blow.
Witt’s aptitude for science and math stands him in good stead as he tries to understand why colors change and light dims when his personal time-flow speeds up. It also helps him understand some of the things his new ability might enable him to do.
He sets to work, figuring out how to use his new gift to help his family and perhaps even improve his college prospects. This is far from as easy as he’d first hoped.
Through all this he must deal with his sarcastic friend Jesse. A friend who’s sometimes helpful, but at least as often a big part of the problem.
Oh, and Witt’s got girl trouble!
This story focuses on her brother Hax. He’s inherited a gene from his mother’s family that gave him hyper-coordination once he reached adolescence. Once extraordinarily clumsy, now he’s just finished pitching his High School baseball team to the state championship and is going out for football where his ability to throw with uncanny accuracy promises to make him a quarterback to remember.
Hax is also spine-chillingly accurate with a gun and can be extremely charismatic in some situations.
Unfortunately, the mob’s bouncing back from the major setback Roni gave them in the first book. They have a new boss, just as horrible as the previous one and they’re brutalizing people to regain control of Roni and Hax’s hometown of Lareta.
Working together, Hax and Roni try to free their town, as well as the neighboring city of Blayton where Roni’s going to college.
She faces discrimination in her school. Her family’s retail business is plagued by an organized crime family that collects “insurance,” often brutally.
Roni’s always been extraordinarily good at hiding, first in hide-and-seek as a child and later to avoid embarrassment. Now, older, she and her brother begin to realize that what she actually has is a form of telepathy. She can’t read other people’s minds, or speak to them silently, or force her thoughts on theirs. All she can do is make other people “not notice” her. At first becoming invisible seems like a great way to hide from bullies—or her old boyfriend—but she slowly begins to realize that this ability will let her do far more.
She even begins to wonder if she might be able to do something about the mob family that’s been holding her city in its thrall.
Eager to do her part in the war against the aliens from Epsilon Eridani, she becomes a Space Force ROTC cadet. Soon after that, she’s proving to be a superb young officer. However, as she studies potential warfighting strategies that might be used against the Eridanis, she realizes that the defenders of Sol system have a problem.
The humans won the first battle against the Eridanis by using the technical advantage afforded by the invulnerability of stasis. But, the Eridanis jump and biowarfare technology could easily allow them to wipe out the human race on Earth and thus win the war.
Offered the opportunity, she sets out to study the wreckage of the Eridani ships from the first battle. She hopes to figure out how jump works, thus appropriating that technology for human use and evening the playing field.
Can she figure this out in time to keep the Eridanis from exterminating homo sapiens?
It turns out to be a lot harder than she’d hoped; and to require help from someone she tries to avoid asking…
“Telepath” is the fourth in a series of stories featuring the members of the Hyllis family. After a plague induced apocalypse collapsed civilization back to iron and horsepower, the Hyllises developed a genetic tendency to inherit “talents.” Eva Hyllis and her ancestors became healers because their talents let them feel inside their patients. This helps them diagnose the underlying causes of many illnesses. Having made a diagnosis, sometimes they can do something. Unfortunately, often they cannot. However, Eva’s children Tarc and Daussie have inherited telekinetic and teleportation talents. Telekinetic pressure can stop bleeding and teleportation can remove stones and arterial plaques. In this book, they realize their young cousin Kazy’s a telepath! Tarc realizes his girlfriend Lizeth’s a precog… just before she breaks up with him. Now they’re rapidly finding more and more medical conditions their talents allow them to treat. And, they discover an ancient, undisturbed medical facility which promises more equipment and knowledge. Perhaps Eva’s long held dream to teach and practice medicine full time might become possible?
Tarc ran up beside Daum, “He took something?”
Daum nodded, then saw the bow in Tarc’s hand. He quickly said, “Not something worth ending his life over.” Out of the corner of his eye, he saw the young man stagger. By the time Daum turned his eyes back onto the fleeing teenager, the stagger had turned into a sprawl. Tarc shot him before he even asked me whether the boy’d stolen anything? Tarc set down his bow and quiver, then trotted after the young man who was lying face down on the ground. Daum saw there weren’t any arrows protruding from the kid. As Daum started trotting after Tarc, he heard Lizeth call after them, “I’ll stay with the wagon.” Daum sprinted a few steps to catch up to Tarc, then said, “You didn’t shoot him? Right?” “No,” Tarc said quietly. “It turns out that spinning the fluid in the canals of someone’s ears renders them completely incapable of staying on their feet. Since the fluid doesn’t have much mass, I can do it at a long distance.” “Oh,” Daum said, once again dumbfounded by the things Tarc thought of doing with his telekinesis. And, once again, he thought with frustration, it’s something I won’t be able to do since it requires accurately reaching inside someone. He chided himself, But, at least my son’s taught me how to use my ghost to sense things at a distance—which is pretty damn useful in its own right. They’d come up on the boy. Tarc picked up something from where it lay beyond the young man’s outstretched hand. He held it out to Daum who saw it was the silver box containing the Hyllis’s best firestarter kit. Flint, steel, several precious matches and a bit of tinder. Tarc dropped to a knee beside the youngster. The young man rolled to his side. As if he had no idea, Tarc asked curiously, “What happened? You were running full tilt toward the woods when you just kind of leaned to one side and fell down.” Appearing confused and dismayed, the young man blinked up at Tarc and said, “I don’t know. I got dizzy.” “You feeling better yet?” Tarc asked, reaching out a hand. The youth said, “Yeah, the dizziness passed.” He gently shook his head, as if testing, then took Tarc’s hand for a pull back to his feet. He glanced around, his eyes momentarily catching on the firestarter kit in Daum’s hand, but quickly moving on. He said, “I saw a guy running into the woods.
In this 4th story, Kaem has been treated with gene therapy for the anemias that made him so weak. In combination with his extraordinary memory, his newfound physical fitness is letting him perform at a high level in a karate class.
The company he, Arya Vaii, and Gunnar Schmidt founded to commercially develop his time-stopping discovery is starting to make money. Currently their profits come from their use of the phenomenal physical properties of a time-stopped segment of space-time to build rockets.
But people are also clamoring to use Kaem’s invention to stop time for those who are dying. Not just the ones who want to skip a few years until there’s a cure for their disease, but also the patients in critical condition who will die for the lack of blood, or for the lack of the right surgeon, or because there are too many sick patients for the hospital to save them all.
Oh, and they’re still working on their plans for a space elevator…
In “Terraform,” AJ—Ell’s soon to be brother-in-law—gently takes her to task for not being bold enough to undertake the terraforming of Mars. They begin the first steps to initiate that massive undertaking.
Ell’s son Zage, a prodigy who’s now turning six, is continuing to follow his interests in biology and genetics by working in Dr. Reggie Barnes research lab. There he’s become interested in Alzheimer’s disease.
Unfortunately, Zage’s friend Carley is having trouble with her newly found brother. Eli’s proving to be an abusive alcoholic like his father. Zage and Carley wonder if there might be a genetic basis for Eli’s problem, and if so, whether they might be able to do something about it.
Meanwhile, a man named Jason Stackhouse has taken exception to the fact that Ell’s company ETR is mining an asteroid he claimed on a website years ago. He’s declared war on the company and travels to ETR, intending to teach them a lesson—by killing someone…
In this 5th story, Kaem’s newfound physical fitness is letting him perform at an astonishing level in physical endeavors such as soccer, and martial arts.
The company he, Arya Vaii, and Gunnar Schmidt founded to commercially develop his time-stopping discovery is making money hand over fist. Currently, their profits come from their use of the phenomenal physical properties of a time-stopped segment of space-time to build rockets.
But now they’re building their space tower. Taking off at a thirty-degree angle from eastern Virginia, it’s 200 kilometers long and a hundred kilometers high. By placing the interior of their spacecraft—and its passengers—in stasis they can accelerate launches at fifteen gravities, reaching orbital speeds before the craft leaves the rail. This lets them put payloads in orbit for a thousand times lower cost than a rocket!
The world, and some unscrupulous people, are turning to Kaem and his company to further our exploitation of orbital space…
This tale of healers with “talents” is the seventh in a series of stories that follow the psychically talented members of the Hyllis family. Hundreds of years after a plague induced apocalypse collapsed civilization back to iron and horsepower, the Hyllises have a genetic tendency to inherit “talents” such as telekinesis, teleportation and telepathy. Though they aren’t powerful talents, they help the Hyllises diagnose and treat the underlying causes of many illnesses in their role as healers.
In this book, their town of Clancy Vail is struck by the plague. In order to save thousands of lives, they must master and use the knowledge of epidemiology contained in their copies of the ancients’ books. Meanwhile, Tarc sets out on a journey to their original home town, hoping to get the money they’re owed by people there. On the way there, and after arrival, he encounters troubling rulers, old friends, and determined enemies.