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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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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…
In this 6th story, the company Kaem, Arya Vaii, and Gunnar Schmidt founded to commercially develop his time-stopping discovery is working with NASA to move into deep space.
Using the space tower from book 5 they launch large payloads into orbit to start building a rotating wheel space station and launch a successor to the James Webb Space Telescope. Then they put a space-launch tower on the moon that’s aimed at sending craft all over the solar system.
Unbeknownst to them, the Haliq, a race of aliens in the Epsilon Eridani system is launching its own ships to the Sol system with the intent of finding more space for their burgeoning population. When they arrive, they’re alarmed to find intelligent beings in the system they’ve come to populate, but their obvious solution is to exterminate the problematic humans.
The aliens have an advanced technology that lets them jump across interstellar and interplanetary space.
But they don’t have stasis…
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 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…
In this story Kaem and Arya are trying to sell “stade,” which is what they call a piece of space-time that’s in stasis. Stade has phenomenal mechanical properties because it essentially can’t be altered (time’s stopped within it). It’s stronger than any known substance because, unlike matter, stade cannot not melt, burn, bend or break. It’s also a perfect insulator and reflects all radiation.
Though it’s the perfect material for thousands of different purposes, they’ve initially focused on selling it to companies that can use it to build rocket engines. Stade truly shines under the extreme conditions of rocketry, and that renders it precious. He and Arya are struggling to negotiate the best prices they can, while simultaneously fighting another company’s bid to preempt their patent.
As if those struggles weren’t sufficient, Kaem’s beloved father develops cancer. Kaem must try to help his family through that crisis while simultaneously attempting to save the new company they’re calling “Staze.”
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.
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!
It quickly becomes obvious that, beyond the fact that time stops inside the stasis field, the volume of space-time in stasis might be useful for some of its other phenomenal properties.
Since it essentially can’t be altered (time’s stopped inside) it’s stronger than any known substance and, unlike matter, does not melt.
This makes it the perfect material for building rocket engines. They set out to sell such engines in order to provide their budding business enough profit to let them develop other useful products.
Unfortunately, the owner of the lab that tested the properties of their samples also recognizes their potential. His desire to share in their profits unhinges his shaky grasp on reality. When he can’t talk them into letting him join their enterprise, he demands a share at gunpoint.
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.
Walking to the machine shop to talk to Manuel, Ell passed behind Brian and Fred walking across the room. A shock went through her. Brian had a pistol in his hand! Horrifying images of a disgruntled employee gone wild and shooting people flashed through Ell’s mind. She felt herself slipping into the zone. Heart throbbing slowly in her ears she slid up behind Brian and, grasping his index finger with her right hand, plucked the gun from his hand with her left. As she did so she was somewhat relieved to note that his finger had been outside the trigger guard and, as she brought the Smith and Wesson toward herself, to see that the safety was on.
“What the hell!?” Brian shouted as, to him, the gun was ripped out of his grip. He turned wildly to see Ell holding it, eyes laser focused on him. The look on her face, usually so friendly, was deadly fierce. In somewhat of a panic he remembered that—at the Olympics several years ago—this girl had taken a weapon away from one of a group of seven hardened terrorists and shot them all!
The popular descriptions he had heard of the episode and about her shooting had been hard to countenance at the time, but now he felt his heart thumping wildly in his chest. Without difficulty, she had ripped the gun out of his hand so quickly that his fingers were stinging. He suddenly had no doubt whatsoever that she could kill him before he could even begin to stop her. His hands slowly went up in surrender. “What?”
Fred found himself stepping away from Brian, more frightened by the unfamiliar and terrifyingly intense young woman in front of him than he would have dreamed possible.
Quietly Ell said, biting the words off one at a time so that her speech would be slow enough to understand, “Why, do, you, have, a, gun?”
Brian waved his hands placatingly, “We’re worried about another terrorist application of the rings… That’s all... Really!”
Ell aggressively tamped down her zone. She narrowed her eyes. “What?”
“We’ve been brainstorming things terrorists might do with ports. We got to supposing, ‘what if a terrorist carried a port onto a plane.’ He could point the port at someone and have his buddy terrorist back home shoot them through the port!”
Ell said, “Wouldn’t work” her voice grating like a steel rasp. Her eyes narrowed, “Why do you have a gun here?”
Fred said, “We were going to try it and find out.”
“Oh my God! Where?!”
“In the dangerous reaction room where we tested the rocket motors.”
“OK, I’ll grant you it should be tested, but not with a gun! The math predicts that as the velocity of an object entering a port increases, the energy drawn to keep the portal open increases. At first it should increase so slowly that you hardly notice it but it increases exponentially starting at about…” she looked up at the ceiling, “at twenty two meters per second it should begin to get noticeable.
In “Tau Ceti!”, she is continuing to find uses for the quantum entangled wormholes that she has discovered. These wormholes aren’t big enough to send people through, yet they are making huge changes in our world.
Ell used one to send a small rocket to the third planet of Tau Ceti where it sends back images of intelligent but primitive beings that can fly!
While observing and occasionally trying to help a pair of these aliens, Ell continues to deal with the issues resulting from her fame as an athlete, a scientist, and as a beautiful woman. This makes her suspect every relationship.
Having a boyfriend is hard when he may just want you for who everyone else thinks you are.