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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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In “Impact,” Ell’s been taken off the “Most Wanted” list and is resuming somewhat of a normal life. Her old friend Phil Zabrisk is on his way to Mars. One of her exploration rockets is about to land on an earthlike world.
Then an enormous comet crashes into Tau Ceti three, threatening the lives of the teecees there. Aliens that Ell and others have come to think of as friends. Phil falls on Mars, breaking his hip in a fashion that needs surgery soon if he’s not to be crippled.
Can she save her friends at Tau Ceti and is the risk of porting Phil back to Earth acceptable?
Oh, and her son Zage is confounding people right and left…
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.
Excitedly Ell started picking up the components and laying them on the surface of the big table. The happy babble around her quieted as one by one the team members turned to watch her lay out a number of metal tubes. She heard them speculating,
“What is it?”
“All those tubes. Some kind of plumbing project?”
Ell laid a pointed cap at the left end and a conical device at the other, “A rocket?” someone asked.
Ell grinned up at them, “Yep, a rocket.”
Ben said, “Why a rocket? I thought we were going to replace rockets with instantaneous transfer of materials through ports to the satellites and to the space station?”
Ell smiled even more broadly. “Well, first we have to get our ports up to orbit where we want to transfer those materials, right? And before you say we can just send them up on the rockets that already go up there, think about why those rockets are so huge?” She looked around the group. “Right? Because they have to carry so much fuel! For the first part of the mission they’re mostly just launching fuel for the next part of the mission. It’s horribly inefficient!”
The group stared at her as they pondered her words.
Fred scratched his head, “Are you thinking this little rocket,” he waved at the parts on the table, “because we can port it fuel, could make it all the way to orbit?”
Ell waggled her eyebrows, “All the way to the space station!”
Eyes widened around the group. Someone said, “Then we could ‘port’ them supplies!”
Ell said, “Yeah! So, full speed ahead! I think we should bust our asses trying to prepare a rocket that can get to the ISS and deliver ports that we can supply the astronauts with. If the Chinese fail their resupply mission to the Station we need to be ready! I’m sure you guys realized that if the Chinese fail to deliver supplies, the folks on the station are going to be in very serious trouble. All their other backups have already failed. As Epaulding said, ‘They’re in the midst of a perfect storm of problems.’”
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…
“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 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!
heroine Ell Donsaii has a nerve mutation which has made her a genius as well as an athletic phenomenon.
In “Allotropes,” she finds even more uses for the quantum entangled wormholes that she discovered. These wormholes aren’t big enough to send people through, yet they make possible technologies that create huge changes in our world. She installs some ports in her own body that she is able to use as weapons, delivering darts and drugs to stop her adversaries.
Having earned gold medals in gymnastics in previous Olympics, she is challenged to enter track meets by world record holding sprinter Michael Fentis who’s angry that some have said she can run faster than he can.
Meanwhile, one of her waldoes is exploring the ringworld she discovered at Sigma Draconis. The aliens there are doing surprising things with carbon allotropes! Can we learn to do the same?
Then the People's Republic of China shoots down the US satellites over Asia in preparation for an invasion of Taiwan. Ell's quantum entangled communication chips can substitute for lost satellite communications and observation. Can she convince the brass to use them?
Jamieson leaned into Ell's personal space, “That’s so much bullshit! You’re just a spoiled little kid who doesn’t know what’s good for her.”
Steve stepped over and reached tentatively out. He and the team were providing Ell protection but, protecting her from this guy would be difficult. However, eyes flashing. Ms. Donsaii put out a hand to wave Steve back. She said, “Spoiled huh? You’re wanting to demonstrate your astonishing fighting skills?”
A stack of pugil sticks with 2” diameter shafts stood in the corner. They were 50 inches long with heavily padded ends. Ell had trained on them briefly when she’d been at the Air Force Academy so she was familiar with their use. She went over, picked up a pair of them and threw one to Jamieson.
He said, “OK, who am I taking on?”
“What!? Girl, I could break you in half with one of these!”
She smiled grimly, “I don’t break all that easy.” She said giving hers a little twirl. The ring on the mat is our boundary, three solid strikes or push me out of the ring three times and you’re the winner.” She waved the rest of her security team off the mat.
Steve stepped closer to Ell and in a low voice said, “Ms. Donsaii? I don’t think this is a good idea. Jamieson may not pull his punches.”
She looked at him a moment, then said, “You may be right, but probably not for the reason you think. I think the team needs to be aware of my particular skills–that knowledge may be important someday.
In a few minutes Ell was in the ring with Jamieson. “You understand the rules? They aren’t standard military. Push me out of the ring three times or three solid strikes, OK?”
Jamieson rolled his eyes, “No problem!”
Ell took a deep breath and let herself slip slightly into the zone. “Steve? One 2 minute bout. Blow the whistle?”
With a shrug Steve blew the whistle. Jamieson immediately charged Ell, stick held low and horizontal, obviously intending to shove her quickly out of the ring. Moving so fast the group hardly understood what had happened, Ell dropped under the right end of Jamieson’s pugil stick, shoving her stick between his feet to trip him, then bounced up behind hi
heroine Ell Donsaii has a nerve mutation which has made her a genius as well as an athletic phenomenon.
In “Habitats,” she is continuing to find uses for the quantum entangled wormholes that she discovered. These wormholes aren’t big enough to send people through, yet they are making huge changes in our world. After a friend lost his hand, Ell finds a way to use ports to build better prostheses for amputees!
However, there are terrorists wanting to use ports to cause destruction and the military arms of some countries covet them as well. Ell must try to prevent such people from obtaining the technology and using it for harm.
Meanwhile, her small company is trying to build a habitat in space and one of her rockets has discovered a mind boggling habitat at Sigma Draconis.
This tale of psychic-physicians is the fifth in a series of stories featuring 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.” Eva Hyllis and her ancestors became healers because their talents let them feel inside their patients. This helped them diagnose the underlying causes of many illnesses. Eva’s children Tarc and Daussie have inherited telekinetic and teleportation talents. Their cousin Kazy’s a telepath. Telekinetic pressure can stop bleeding, teleportation can remove arterial plaques, and telepathy can provide anesthesia and correct psychopathy. In this book, they keep finding more and more medical conditions their talents allow them to treat. And, it turns out that the dye chemists in their new town are good enough to synthesise chemicals as complex as antibiotics.
Eva’s long held dream of teaching and practicing medicine full time is coming true!
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 “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.