J. R. Calvo, a jack of all trades, was born the youngest of three in New Haven, CT. Weaned by trekkies and Star Wars, he became infatuated with science fiction as a young pup. His obsessions extend out to James O’Barr, and anything printed in comics. Throw in some Tolkien, Goodkind, Jordan, and Sanderson and the conundrum erupted. So Calvo journeyed down the Science Fantasy path to masterpieces like Dune. He began Resonics, in response to the most powerful question, Why not? Why not pit science against ‘magic’? Who would win in a fight a mech or a jedi? However, this is merely the backdrop. Resonics is foremost about the very real people. The villains who think they’re doing what’s best, the good guys drunk on their own legends, and the robotic centaur with a heart of gold… What? You never heard that one? Come and see.
Resonics is a Science Fantasy Adventure taking place on Earth, years to the future. In this distant future, our hubris brings about the Reaping, a cataclysm tearing the world asunder, spewing forth silver dust. This silver enables a new breed of sonic tech to rise, everything from lights to hovercrafts to weapons. Meanwhile, two factions wrestle to 'save' what's left of the world, The Paladins and the Rebels.
One of the main themes that will be ever-echoing behind the stories is the double-edged sword of belief. Values, honesty, and honor, these are all great, powerful and good things of faith. However, the danger of faith is when one person or organization decides they can take your 'values' and twist them to their own gain, often at the expense of others. Ask a dozen people and you'll get a dozen different answers, but my take on it is that faith occasionally needs some TLC from good old fashioned common sense.
Behind their power struggle, lies a technique re-emerging for those who would listen, the power of Resonation. Resonation is taking the inherent tune and pulse of a living being and using it to affect a separate object. Within Resonation there are two approaches: Untuned and Tuned. Untuned Resonation is the forcing of the object to match your tune. Tuned Resonation is you matching the object's tune.
I got the idea for Resonation and this entire series from a real-world science theory. I'm not going to describe it all here, because my summation would be: lightning is electricity, lightning causes brushfires, why aren't we on fire? Ergo, QED, Therefore, and Henceforth... Fire Pretty :) For the real theory see: http://www.scienceblog.com/cms/physicists-challenge-notion-of-electric-nerve-impulses-say-sound-more-likely-12738.html This theory is the basis behind sonic anesthesia. I took the theory a step further with my story concept. The human body's nervous system, whether electric or sonic, is insulated at the nerve endings via the myelin sheath. Upon researching this sheath, I discovered a couple interesting traits. The density of this sheath is variable, and deterioration of the sheath can lead to madness via alteration of sensory input. So the concept of resonation in my story stems from me wondering what would happen if a person could consciously alter this myelin sheath and use their inherent sonic pulses to affect the world. To maintain believability and consistency in my story (As much as possible), I included the downside. Too much Untuned Resonation, like water blasting against a weakened dam, leads to madness. Tuned Resonation, on the other hand, is like a brittle fallen leaf floating on the waves, undamaged because it doesn't resist the flow. To amplify my 'magic', I used another real-world characteristic. I won't give away how I insert it into the story, but silver is a potent conductor of both electricity and sound.
Lastly, with the Resonics Chronicles, I'm not looking to become a great author, but a storyteller. I set up this blog, not just to get announcements and updates out there, but to glean feedback. Let me know if it's fun to read. The beauty of the shorts proceeding the novel is it gives me a chance to feel out the characters, and see which resonates with you, my audience. Who do you like? Who do you hate? Who do you love to hate? Let me know.