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PROFESSIONAL REVIEWS OF "THE OMEGA WAVE" BY RICHARD RYDON


REVIEW 1

The Omega Wave by Richard Rydon

Lulu Publishing (2008)

ISBN 9781409212980


"A government conspiracy novel that makes you think 'what if?'"

The year is 2025, and Wes Lane, Inc. has hired a Swedish scientist named Luper Beauchamps to develop and research neurospheres. Neurospheres are biological computers created from neurons. The neurons in this research are obtained from deceased human brains. This research is supposed to provide answers to the questions of when consciousness begins and when it ends. The scientists also want to prove that consciousness can exist outside of the human mind.

Luper becomes closely acquainted with two of his colleagues, Rose and Frieda. They all have some suspicions about some of the people who work above him. When some of the neurons start disappearing and they discover other ones that they did not create, the group knows that something is not right. When a Central Asian Embassy appears on adjoining property, their suspicions are confirmed. They suspect that the neurospheres are being used for mind control and torture. They have to hide some of their research. It is very apparent that the government wants to take control of this project. This puts their personal safety in jeopardy.

The author of "The Omega Wave" is a retired university scientist. His scientific knowledge and education is obvious in this novel. Being an educator, he is able to easily explain the scientific concepts used in this story. He makes everything seem very plausible and real. As a non-scientist, I have to admit, I am not quite sure where reality ends and fiction begins. That's what really makes this story an adventure. It all seems so real.

The author also does a wonderful job of developing the characters. I found myself truly liking the main hero and heroine. The ones that the reader would not be sure about are very complex, and might not fit into a black and white "good guy/bad guy" category. This complexity of their characters makes the story more real. I think what makes this book truly terrifying is that there is an underlying feeling that this novel is something that could really happen in our country if our government were to get too much control. "The Omega Wave" by Richard Rydon will definitely stimulate interesting conversations and provide you with thought provoking questions about bioethics.

Reviewed by Paige Lovitt for Reader Views, October 24, 2008

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PROFESSIONAL REVIEW OF THE OMEGA WAVE BY RICHARD RYDON


REVIEW 2

The Omega Wave, © Richard Rydon 2008,

Lulu.com, 408 pages


"The Creation of Consciousness"

The Omega Wave is science fiction in its most complicated presentation. Author Richard Rydon injects pure science into a story that incorporates kidnapping, torture, and cover-ups. Science is the base of the terror that ensues and the center of the enlightenment that ultimately leads to the end of a nightmare.

Luper Beauchamps was originally hired by Wes Lane Inc. to develop new chip interfaces and to secure patents. After a short, but successful stint on the job, Quade Barras, the Director of the Neurochip Facility befriended Luper and ultimately offered him a job in his department testing neurochips. Frieda Delvin, an IT Assistant is assigned to help Luper with his new assignment. Quade's assistant, Rose Allen, also works very closely with Luper and Frieda on the project.

The neurochips are created from strips of human brain. Wes Lane has an agreement with local hospitals to obtain the tissue from the deceased. There are limits to the number of neurochips the company can develop due to rules established by the Computer Ethics Committee. As Luper, Frieda, and Rose begin to mesh as a team, they explore various techniques and equipment for increasing the life-cycle of the neurochips. The scientists are seeking answers to two questions: Where does consciousness begin? Where does consciousness end?As the neurochips gain in age and brain function (including perception and telepathy), Luper and Frieda discover strange activity on the adjoining Army base and Central Asian Embassy. After several secret expeditions to the embassy, the couple learns that prisoners are being tortured with the assistance of "minders", people trained to coordinate their brain waves with those of the neurochips to cause distress and physical pain to the detainees.

The Omega Wave includes detailed scientific references from the opening of the book. Initially, the text may be difficult to follow for readers who are not scientifically inclined, but as the story progresses, Rydon breaks the science down into manageable components that fit seamlessly into the rest of the plot. Throughout the book, the three researchers "... systematically test the effect of various electromagnetic (EM) frequencies in the range from 1 to 100 cycles per second (hertz)" on each neurochip. They also work towards putting an end to the abuse of human rights taking place at the embassy. Luper and Frieda risk their own freedom to achieve their mission.

The Omega Wave will provide a refresher in college-level sciences, stimulate the reader's imagination, and feed the desire for adventure.

Melissa B. Levine

For Independent Professional Book Reviewers,

September 22, 2008

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REVIEW 3

PROFESSIONAL REVIEW OF THE OMEGA WAVE BY RICHARD RYDON

The Omega Wave by Richard Rydon

Lulu Publishing (2008)

ISBN 9781409212980

November 06, 2008


"A science-fiction tale dealing with artificial intelligence attempts to cross itself with a political thriller dealing with state-sponsored torture"


In the year 2025, young scientist Luper Beauchamps has just secured a dream job with Silicon Valley powerhouse Wes Lane Inc. testing cutting-edge biological computers known as "neurospheres."

The problem-solving skills and scientific acumen of Luper and his team soon result in dramatic improvements to the neurospheres, much to the delight of their ambitious boss, Quade Barras. However, their success also creates difficulties-as the biological computers grow smarter, they inch closer to achieving a state of true, humanlike self-awareness, thereby making them subject to a complicated web of rules and regulations designed to ensure the ethical treatment of A.I. entities. Computer ethics expert Broc Fulton guides Luper and his colleagues through this ethical minefield, and their conversations constitute an occasionally thought-provoking foray into a conversation begun by Isaac Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics and continued by many science-fiction writers since.

Unfortunately, Rydon chose to bury this subplot under a plodding, poorly executed political thriller. In that plot, Luper and his friends increasingly suspect a connection between their ethically challenged boss Quade, the experimental new neurospheres and the military base and "Central Asian Embassy" adjacent to the facilities of Wes Lane. This storyline fails to thrill for several reasons: the novel is slowed to a crawl by dull descriptions of Luper's laboratory work ... and the protagonists are prone to volunteering anomalous anti-American remarks, such as Luper's comment, "I'm glad I'm not American...I'd hate to be born so stupid."

The attempts to describe how mankind will grapple with the ethics of emerging artificial intelligence are this novel's strongest moments.

Periodically intriguing but ultimately frustrating science fiction.

November 06, 2008

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PROFESSIONAL REVIEWS FOR "THE OORTIAN SUMMER" BY RICHARD RYDON


REVIEW 1

The Oortian Summer by Richard Rydon Lulu Books 2007

The Oortian Summer by Richard Rydon is a science fiction story set in the very near future of 2024. In it, he creates a competitive professional environment filled with real people that we can connect with. Then, in order to turn up the tension level, Rydon gives them a powerful, all-too-real doomsday scenario to solve: two comets careening towards Earth.

The story itself revolves around Luper Beauchamps, a young astronomer struggling in both career andlove. He works at an astronomical observatory under the so-called guidance of Professor Walter Hally, a man obsessed with his own fame and prestige. This creates a less than desirable work environment for young Luper, and he turns to senior astronomer Tom Green, and twins Andrea and Andina Jorgenson for friendship and support during what will be the greatest discovery of his life.

In my opinion, two things make The Oortian Summer work: detail and setting.

Rydon uses a keen eye for detail and the knowledge earned from his years working in the science field to give us a glimpse of a day-in-the-life of an astronomer. This isn't the exaggerated Hollywood fluff we've come to know, but honest, real-world experience. It's competitive. It can be slow and tedious. It's about getting enough money to fund your research. But, if you're one of the lucky ones (and Luper Beauchamps is), you can make a discovery that will put your name forever in the annals of history.

Setting is another thing Rydon has a strong grasp of. Having the majority of the events take place in the confines of an astronomical observatory, and by describing it with meticulous detail, the reader can almost see the 50-meter telescope looming above. Not only does this give the feeling of credibility to the events that occur, but it permeates a type of closeness between us and the characters; it's as if we have all been locked away together and have no choice but to get to know one another. Then, when the suspense hits, we're all in it together. There is no place for the characters, or us, to run.

In conclusion, The Oortian Summer is a fine read. It's scientific and technical, yet there aren't pages of calculus equations that leave you rubbing your temples. It covers a common theme, but it covers it in an uncommon way. So, for those of you who read the part above about two comets making a b-line towards Earth and said, "Been there done that," I can tell you, you're wrong. I won't tell you why, though-spoilers ruin all the fun. So, read The Oortian Summer. This is what science fiction was meant to be. And you won't be disappointed.

Thomas Bolme, Jr. For Independent Professional Book Reviewers www.bookreviewers.org


REVIEW 2

Rydon, Richard

"

THE OORTIAN SUMMER"


Lulu (388 pp)

July 24, 2007


ISBN: 978-1-43031329-8


"A team of astronomers wrangles with faulty equipment, scientific conundrums and each other in the face of an imminent comet attack"


In the third decade of the 21st century, maverick doctoral student Luper Beauchamps is on top of his game. He's just discovered not one but two new comets, and his keen and creative scientific mind is the envy of his colleagues.

Luper's achievements especially needle away at the eminent professor Walter Hally, his boss at Tektite Ridge Observatory. Lately, Walter's discoveries have been few and far between. He's not about to let some young gun upstage him during what should be the pinnacle of his career, so he starts plotting deviously to prevent just that. Walter begins a campaign of academic sabotage that soon borders on professional malfeasance to sidetrack Luper's career, cautioned against but ultimately abetted by his loyal friends and colleagues.

Thus commences a tale of scientific sleuthing and petty academic squabbling. In fact, sci-fi fans should be warned that The Oortian Summer reads more like Tenure Wars than Star Wars. The story's pacing runs slowly at first and much of the scientific detail will be lost on readers who can't tell a Fourier transformation from a Foucault pendulum.

At times, the story suffers slightly from its fishbowl focus. There are barely hints of the larger world outside the novel's astronomic and scientific communities in Tektite Ridge. This, despite the premise that the planet is on a collision course with the comets Luper and his colleagues are studying and would no doubt be convulsing under the threat.

Nevertheless, Rydon has successfully combined plausible scientific detail with a frequently engaging portrait of the professional life of an astronomer and the thrill of scientific discovery. Readers with a high degree of scientific literacy will find much to appreciate here; others will find the experience less rewarding.


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The Oortian Summer by Richard Rydon Lulu Publishing


REVIEW


"So much more than just a good SiFi"

"The Oortian Summer" begins in the year 2024. Except for the year and some advancement of technology, not much is different than our own times, especially as far as human relationships go. Luper, one of the male characters, is attempting to complete his PhD while working under the direction of a scientist whose own moment of glory has faded. This scientist is Professor Walter Hally. He does everything in his power to thwart Luper's attempts to complete his doctoral dissertation work. He also has a problem with stealing Luper's data and summaries and presenting them for his own recognition. Luper feels very frustrated. In spite of the bad Professor, he does develop some good working and personal relationships with his colleagues. They try to help him undo the damage that the professor is causing. These relationships and the solutions that these people build as a team, lend a great deal of credence and depth to the story.

In the meantime, while all this is happening, the team discovers that there are two large comets approaching earth. The presence of these comets is causing unusual changes in the planet. Luper and his colleague desperately attempt to find a way to deal with this situation without causing massive destruction on the planet. Their solution to the problem is incredibly creative and unique.

Once again, I enjoyed reading another excellent science fiction novel by the scientist/writer Richard Rydon. It would be preferable to read his novels in order of their appearance; however, it is not necessary. I actually found myself going back in time while reading "The Oortian Summer," enjoying learning more about how these characters developed and evolved for his second story.

Once again, I highly recommend that sci-fi fans read this novel by this author. I think that fans of true science will also enjoy the creativity that Rydon uses to incorporate true science into science fiction. Do not miss out on this one! If you are looking for the perfect gift for a SciFi fan, this is the one.

Reviewed by Paige Lovitt for Reader Views,

November 26, 2008


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