"Great speculative fiction"
All the great American universities put in a bid to "house"
and conduct experiments using the most advanced
supercomputer Simon. Though MIT or one of the West Coast
IT giants are the favorites, GCS shockingly assigns Simon
to little Cabrillo University in San Diego. The victory
stuns everyone especially Professor Ross Erricson, the
author of the winning concept in which Simon would be
programmed to teach itself languages.
Simon moves into a basement room with a wall shared with
dolphins residing at the nearby Ocean Park aquarium. Simon
soon learns and translates "dolphinese" into English.
However, though Ross, his students, and his mentor realize
what they have learned, no one else believes them when they
explain a dolphin's look at humanity and warn of a secret
race of people.
THE DELPHINUS CHRONICLES is a superb science fiction
thriller that never slows down from the moment Simon
checkmates the world's greatest grandmaster to the climax.
The story line is loaded with intrigue, action, but
especially insightful powerful relationships between
people, humans and Simon, dolphins and Simon, and the world
wide web of sonically connected dolphins so that the key
cast including the supercomputer seem real. Though some
extra intrigue involving nasties adds drama and tension, it
temporarily slows down an incredible triumphant look at how
mankind communicates and interprets events. This
reviewer's interpretation communicated through this review
is that RG Roane deserves strong accolades and a vast
appreciative audience for this winning novel.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted January 8, 2003