A science-fiction novelette that’s basically a love letter to Ecco the Dolphin
and Seaquest DSV
, with elements of Bug War
Sia is a Risen, a genetically engineered, sapient (and psychic)dolphin created by Ninth Democracy
. Her best friend is a human called Harp, the result of an illegal experiment that attempted to make a psychic human. Together they face the alien threat of the Viciss, an alien race that the Risen were created to fight.
Currently two books, with at least two more planned in the series.
Book One can be purchased here
Book Two can be purchased here
Examples of tropes:
- A Boy and His X - A boy and his psychic dolphin friend.
- Action Girl - Sia and Penna. Also Harp's adoptive mother, Cait Hess, when she discovers Harp as a child in a flashback.
- After the End - Earth exists somewhere in the Ninth Democracy’s distant past, and previous Democracies were nearly wiped out by the Viciss before the creation of the Risen.
- Anatomy Arsenal - Sort of. Levi the humpback whale has navigation equipment embedded in his skin.
- Applied Phlebotinum - Of a minor sort. Harp needs phenothiazine (a real-life antipsychotic) compounds distributed by his halo to dampen his psychic abilities.
- Badass Normal - Zei in the second book, once he becomes a pilot and dons a pulse harness
- Blessed with Suck - Harp is a blind polymath with eidetic memory, prone to uncontrollable psychic fits.
- Body Horror - The Viciss, if they feel like it.
- Bug War - The backdrop of the story.
- Cool Old Guy - Locuxu the orca.
- Deadpan Snarker - Isys. Bahamut in the second book, as well as his human handler, Penna.
- Ensign Newbie - Sia in the first book.
- Everybody Hates Mathematics - Sia is no exception. Trig's Highsong manifests as trigonometric and algorithmic sequences, which confuse the hell out of her. Harp, on the other hand, is delighted.
- Good Is Not Nice - The human militia in the second book don't treat Harp with kid gloves.
- Horde of Alien Locusts
- Hive Mind - The Viciss
- Idiot Savant - Trig, because he's Good with Numbers.
- Interspecies Friendship - Sia gets quite a few with other cetacean species, but her friendship with her human companion Harp is the backbone of the series and its conflict.
- Jerkass Façade - Harp has one for everyone but Sia and his adoptive mom.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold - The young orca Bahamut in the second book has great affection for Penna, his human handler.
- LEGO Genetics - The Viciss
- Machine Worship - One of the Ptaal Risen cults has this attitude. The other hates it.
- Mind Rape - The Viciss and the Risen can do this to each other.
- Mind over Matter - Sia struggles to learn telekinesis in the second book.
- More Dakka - Bahamut in particular is fond of this.
- Nice Guy - Zei. And Holt, a soldier friend to Harp in the second book.
- Power Limiter - Harp’s halo.
- Psychic Static - The titular Highsong creates this for the Viciss, in addition to offering other Psychic Powers for the Risen.
- Psychic Nosebleed - Harp gets them.
- Sapient Cetaceans - The Risen, who were genetically engineered as Attack Animal}}s against the Viciss.
- Ragtag Bunch of Misfits - The Kaimana militia, composed of farmers and laborers left behind when the Ninth Democracy abandoned the planet.
- Shout-Out - The science ship Trellia, and the socorder and rebreather harnesses are a nod to seaQuest DSV. Also, Levi the humpback whale sings Longfellow and Poe.
- The Azure and Ring cults may very well be a reference to the Crimson, Circle, and Mover sects from Ecco the Dolphin: Defender of the Future. The Azure have the attitudes and hatred of humanity that the Movers did, while the Ring work the machines and revere humans the way the Circles did (one line clearly reflecting the "circle of pain" comment), and both have shades of the Crimson.
- Sophisticated as Hell - Levi, a humpback whale poet in the second book.
- Sufficiently Advanced Alien - Sia to the Ptaal Risen, much to her dismay.
- Teen Genius - Harp.
- Translator Collar - The socorder.
- Weaponized Animal - Sia, Zei, and Bahamut when they get pulse harnesses.
- Xenofiction - Half the story is told from Sia's point of view.