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Wired and Amped - Science Fiction and the Future

Updated on October 26, 2016
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Lela earned a B.A. degree in Journalism from Sam Houston University in Huntsville, TX. She has been writing for the online world for years.

Douglas E. Richards

Author of Wired and Amped.
Author of Wired and Amped. | Source

Finding a New Science Fiction Author

Douglas E. Richards apparently offered his book, Wired, for free on the Kindle top 100 free books one day. I happened to be browsing the list and found it. I'm always pleased when I find a new science fiction author that writes in the style of a fast paced novel.

I think Mr. Richards may also be very prophetic. I was stunned at the conclusions reached by the characters in the books. The main character, Kira Miller, has developed a pill that makes one smarter. There's a catch to that, it only lasts for an hour or so. But during that hour there is so much that can be done it's simply astounding.

After reading Wired, I absolutely had to read the sequel called, Amped. While Wired could be cutting edge actual science, Amped can safely be categorized in the science fiction genre. This is due to the arrival of alien space ships and alien technology.

Science fiction authors have the joyous ability to create pretty much anything they choose to. If the technology doesn't exist yet, poof!, they can invent it. Sometimes their inventions even see fruition in the future.

Wired

Of all the characters I have ever met in book form, Kira Miller is a woman after my very heart. A master of bio-chemistry, she has created a pill that actually makes people smarter. Not just a little smarter, but genius level savant smarter. Remember Rain Man?

During her "enhanced" periods (after taking this pill), she sees the past, present and future in ways that only an educated philosopher can interpret.

The first excerpt from the book explains atheism in a way that atheists understand perfectly but have been unable to put this essence of "non-belief" into words:

"Conjuring up a God to explain creation is just a convenient cheat unless you're prepared to explain how God originated."

"The more intellect you bring to bear on the question, with faith out of the picture, the more certain you become that God is just a construct of the human mind, nothing more."

So many religions have created Gods that no one knows the truth any more. The fact that there is no scientific proof for ANY God in ANY religion makes wonderful sense to an atheist.

Suffice it to say that Wired is not in any way an anti-religious book. This is just a passage that makes a personal statement that rings true to me, the reviewer. In Amped, the religious characters get their rebuttals speaking from an enhanced state of intelligence also.

Building on this premise of massive intellect, Kira Miller and her chosen 'bodyguard', David Desh, must endure many hardships and thrilling adventures to keep Kira's inventions safely out of the hands of power hungry and ruthless adversaries that are "enhanced" as well. It's the super genius against the super villain.

Who is right, who is wrong?

"Nietzsche had glorified the concept of a superman. Not the Clark Kent variety, but a man whose sense of good and evil was based solely on what would help him succeed or fail. Good was anything that would help him achieve his potential. Evil was anything that would hamper him. What is good? All that heightens the feeling of power in man, the will to power, power itself. What is bad? All that is born of weakness."

Reading Wired will answer the age old question of good versus evil. It also does it in a fascinating tale of adventure and love.

Amped

While Wired is a perfect combination of a great philosophy and good guys versus bad guys, Amped is a rocket ride to the future. As with all good science fiction, future events are predicted with a sound basis in science fact.

Our two main characters from the first book return, very much in love. They have set up a working company, called Icarus, of genius scientists who are willing and able to take Kira Miller's enhancement pill. The enhanced state allows them to work on heretofore unknown advances in science, mechanics, computer programming and 'what if' scenarios.

"Kira knew that contrary to popular belief, humans (are) happiest, not during lengthy periods of leisure, but when they are growing as people. When they are achieving. When they are striving to overcome difficult and worthwhile challenges, and then overcoming them. When they are feeding a sense of accomplishment and self-esteem through effort. Even the accomplishments of menial labor brought a sense of personal satisfaction far greater than most realized."

Kira knows that future advances in technology and other endeavors need to be earned. She has to help others to help themselves, not just give instant utopia to the world. She doesn't want to see humans become lulled into an endless state of dependence on robots and instant gratification.

Unfortunately, there are those in the world who crave power over the "minions" of the earth. They wish to have everything their way and control the masses. These types of people are called megalomaniacs and they can be quite ruthless in the pursuit of power.

Kira and Desh must defeat their old nemesis while at the same time try to protect the genius level recruits from those who would seek to destroy all that Icarus has accomplished and will accomplish in the future.

And the future is bleak - not only has Kira developed an enhanced enhancement pill (a transcendent level genius pill), she has also developed a gene treatment that will increase the life span of the human species. This presents more problems than ever. During her one and only transcendent experience, she realizes:

"Basically, we were out of time already. World War III or the equivalent was inevitable, and irreversible. On the course we were on, even if we invented faster-than-light travel the next day, it would be too late. Although if we did, at least a few would escape to seed the species elsewhere. But that's if we solve faster-than-light travel, something even my transcendent self knew would be a considerable challenge."

So, Kira and Desh and a few selected members of the Icarus team must join together to work for global peace in order to save the human race. So no pressure there!

I don't want to spoil the book, but suffice it to say, the solution is amazingly clever and I'm sure dead on. There are hints of superb technology to come. Like all good science fiction and science fiction authors, Douglas E. Richards presents us with some understandable explanations for life, the universe and quantum physics.

About the Book's Author - Douglas E. Richards

Douglas E. Richards is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio. He graduated with a degree in microbiology from Ohio State University. He also attained a master's degree in molecular biology from the University of Wisconsin, and a master's degree in business administration from the University of Chicago.

Douglas now lives in San Diego, California with his wife and two children. He's a dog lover with two pet fur balls.

Other books by Douglas E. Richards:

  • The Prometheus Project - a series of children's books (3)
  • Ethan Pritcher Body Snitcher - for children
  • The Devil's Sword - adventure fiction for kids and adults

Richards is currently working on a new novel. He also engages in public speaking jobs, such as at Comic Con, and writes for various publications.

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      Austinstar 4 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      These two are well worth the read. I was surprised at how much I liked them.

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      Chris Mills 4 years ago from Maple City, Michigan

      I enjoy a good science fiction novel, and you have written excellent reviews of what appear to be two excellent Sci Fi thrillers. Thank you for such top notch work, Austinstar.

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      Austinstar 4 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      She's pretty smart even when she's not 'enhanced', but when she is - LOOK THE FREAK OUT!

      All my life I've been saddled with an above average IQ, but it's not necessarily a blessing. It's hard to know things while others around you cannot grasp these things.

      It might be like Angelina Jolie, being so beautiful and yet, not doing well with it. C'mon - Brad Pitt??? Maybe I'm not smart enough to see the advantage there.

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      Have to read those books, Lela, 'cause Kira sounds like the perfect woman - skilled in technology and smarter than most (even if only for a short period of time).

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      whiskeyjakc 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      A very well written review.

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      Penelope Hart 4 years ago from Rome, Italy

      Super interesting review, super well done, thanks so much for bringing this trilogy (free from Kindle one day) to our attention. Sounds like an amazing read.

      Voting, sharing and tweeting etc.

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      Austinstar 4 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      Thanks, Will. Doing book reviews may prove to be my niche market.

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      WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Sci-Fi has always been a favorite.

      Good Hub!

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      Audrey Kirchner 4 years ago from Central Oregon

      Uh oh....must read--romance always wins out in my "book"....and happy endings~

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      Austinstar 4 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      Hi Audrey! Yes, wouldn't you just love to make others super smart? That would be fun. And the books are quite a bit romantic, the good guys really care about each other and it shows.

      Hi Christopher! These are a couple of good books. They aren't exactly 'light' reading, but they do keep your interest going.

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      Christopher Antony Meade 4 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

      Great review. They seem like very good books.

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      Audrey Kirchner 4 years ago from Central Oregon

      Okay: "Kira knew that contrary to popular belief, humans (are) happiest, not during lengthy periods of leisure, but when they are growing as people. When they are achieving. When they are striving to overcome difficult and worthwhile challenges, and then overcoming them. When they are feeding a sense of accomplishment and self-esteem through effort. Even the accomplishments of menial labor brought a sense of personal satisfaction far greater than most realized."

      Is this for real in our society today? Inspirational words?? It would be worth reading this book AND passing it on to people just for this statement alone!

      I also kinda like being able to take a pill to be super smart---wow what I could do with that--slipping it to family and friends unawares---hmmm

      Seriously sound like 2 great picks--I'm not a sci fi fan per se though I read a couple romantic sci fi--does that count? My son says romance IS science fiction~

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      Austinstar 4 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      Yea, what's up with that? All I ever get from eating Smaties is Fatties! I just found this author one day for free on the list and heck yea, who wouldn't read a book about a super smart woman? Or my hubs either?

      Now, if only I were beautiful again. But even Kira's beauty will fade someday. She'll probably invent a super beauty pill, though and keep her looks. Now why didn't I go into biochemistry instead of immunohematology?

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      Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I will have to check out the books. I've never even heard of it but I do love it when a writer can do science fiction well.

      I would love to have a smart pill! I been eating those damned smarties for years and nothing!