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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 sixth story in a combined series of stories that begins with the novelette “Porter” and the two “Blindspot Stories.”
In this book, Eva (Allie Dans) invites Witt to join her band EOD (Eve of Destruction) on a trial basis. When she’s attacked by an overenthusiastic fan one night, she protects herself using her ability to form small ports.
Witt quickly recognizes the presence and power of her psychic talent.
Then, when Ruchia invades Ucryn, Roni, and Hax decide that assassinating Pootin might stop the war. They recruit Witt to join them because their combined abilities should make such a task much easier. When Eva finds out about their plan, she wants to come along.
As if his plate isn’t full enough playing in the band and heading to Ruchia, Witt’s still running track, taking classes online, excelling at math, and helping his sister thrive.
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?
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!
In this story, Kaem and company are commercially developing “Stade,” which is what they call a piece of space-time that’s in stasis. Stade’s phenomenal properties (because it essentially can’t be altered since time’s been stopped within it) allow it to reflect all radiation. When a nearby nuclear reactor undergoes a meltdown, the first thought is that stade might be used to limit the radioactivity from the accident.
But a little further thought makes it obvious that stade is also the perfect material for dealing with radioactive waste. They also become interested in using it to remediate a toxic chemical dump.
They’re still using it to build rocket engines. And working on plans for a space elevator!
In “Transporter,” Ell and her friend Roger have now found a way to transport people without the pain and seizures that have plagued such attempts in the past. This is going to change the world in untold ways.
Having left the country to get away from all the attention brought by an attack on Zage (Ell’s son) in the last book, they find themselves confronted by debt-slavery in the Dominican Republic. Rather than (as so many of us do) just pretending it isn’t happening, they decide to do something about it.
Zage’s working to evaluate his promising test-tube Alzheimer’s results in an animal model. But while this is being done, Ell’s grandmother is becoming more and more demented. The ethical question of whether or not to try an unproven treatment in Gram presents them with a terrible dilemma.
In “DNA,” Ell’s five-year-old son Zage has become interested in the effects of certain genes on obesity. He’s obtained permission to do research in a university lab where he hopes to test some of his ideas.
Work is being done to evaluate the possibility of terraforming the planet Mars by using Ell’s port technology to bring in water, carbon dioxide, and nitrogen from various other worlds in the solar system.
Ell’s robotic probes have found intelligent aliens on the third planet of 61 Virginis. Although these aliens appeared to be completely non-technological, it turns out that they are far ahead of Earth in the manipulation of DNA. Can we safely trade technology for some of their DNA know how?
Finally, some of Ell’s old enemies have decided to have one more try at kidnapping her in order to obtain some of her secrets…
In “Bioterror,” Ell’s son Zage, a five-year-old prodigy, is continuing to follow his interests biology and genetics in keeping with his aim to eradicate what he perceives to be an obesity epidemic partially driven by communicable viral diseases. His mother gets him permission to skip ordinary primary and secondary schooling and enroll in university, studying molecular genetics. He’ll be working in Dr. Reggie Barnes research lab where he hopes to learn how to take his ideas to the next level.
Unfortunately, a talented virologist has joined a radical Islamic splinter group, promising to help them wipe nonbelievers from the face of the earth. He gets access to a forgotten smallpox culture and sets out to modify the already horrific disease into an even more lethal version, one which won’t be prevented by standard vaccinations and is resistant to antiviral treatments.
Zage has been working on a way to predict the proteins in viruses and recognize antigens in the viral shell that antibodies might be formed against. He’s hoping to immunize people against obesity viruses, but there’s no reason his new algorithm can’t also be used to stop the modified smallpox virus… if he can work with the CDC to make his vaccination available.
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…
heroine Ell Donsaii has a nerve mutation. This mutation has made her a genius as well as an athletic phenomenon.
In “Defiant,” she, her husband Shan Kinrais, and their friend Gary Pace begin working on commercialization of the carbon allotrope technology they learned about in “Allotropes.”
Also, new uses, both beneficial and dangerous are being found for her ports. These wormholes aren’t big enough to send people through, yet they make possible technologies that have created huge changes in our world. Those changes have resulted in tremendous economic and political upheavals. The political disturbances bring Edith Stockton to Presidential power, a woman who despises Ell and who is being stroked in that direction by individuals who want the secrets of Ell’s highly dangerous ‘one ended ports.’
Stockton imprisons Ell in an effort to extort the one ended port technology from her and Ell, having determined that she cannot release that particular secret, must decide how to respond.
Meanwhile, Stell Simsworth, the ten year old blind singing sensation, is hoping that Ryan will be able to use his technology to restore her eyesight and Carter is working on a project to colonize Mars (despite his daughter’s cogent observation that a colony would have high risks but provide few benefits.)