Dominion by John L. Ford Review

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions are my own.

A man frustrated by the arrogance of academia pushes to curate a legacy for himself in the world of physics, and discovers something truly profound in author John L. Ford’s “Dominion”.


The Synopsis

Where the corrosive power of time failed, Dominion begins. Unable to wear down the chains of grief left in the wake of losing her and stuck in the quagmire of postmortem morosity, Colton is on the verge of hanging his legacy upon the gallery walls of dimmed mediocrity in the museum of unknown history. Then, it happens. A flash of insight, as though spoken from the grave, it becomes the guiding light; one desperately needed to reinvent purpose and meaning. It is so much of what she meant to him shining through, that internal voice from the past, that it strikes him with an idea so profound it could only result in the ensuing research. Is it fiction or reality? Leonardo da Vinci visualized flying machines, and the essential aspects of that ‘fiction’ became fact. And just as the genetics of his ideas evolved into man-made dragonflies and humming birds, Colton Reinholt, a physicist, with a unique mind for synthesis, drafts an idea, too. Borrowed by observation of actual physiological biology, he uses solid state physics to reconstruct a natural paradigm only ever achieved by evolution’s miracle, the human mind. Thus, what emerges in this physical and ethereal journey simply must carry more than mere soupcon of riveting plausibility. So, through accelerating technological forces on the world often charging boldly before compunction, we are compelled by our own evolution to satisfy an unstoppable desire for discovery. What is really meant by the phrase, ‘Artificial Intelligence’? This is what we adventure through experimental exploration into the energy of the mind. What begins as an innocent thought experiment, frolicsome dabbling fuses with technical know-how and its synthesis results in a fantastic gestalt. By bridging disparate scientific disciplines, it ultimately gives rise to a power that may either become benevolent or malevolent. For despite all human conceits, the answer to the question of good versus evil is not one we are capable to define.

The Review

This was a mind-blowing and thought-provoking read. The author does an incredible job of crafting a narrative that felt both complex and engaging, challenging the reader to think beyond the immediate plot and delve into the fascinating theories and structures of the world around us on a whole new level. The imagery and atmosphere the author curated really felt visceral and brought the reader into this world that felt equal parts science fiction and scientific theory.

The complex nature of the themes and narrative itself paired perfectly with the complexity of the characters and their journey, as the reader felt connected to Colton’s experiences and his pursuits while also recognizing the implications his work had on our understanding of the universe and consciousness itself as a whole. The slow-down pacing of the narrative allowed the reader to really connect with the science and theories that the author presented through this plot, making this a one-of-a-kind sci-fi read.

The Verdict

Mesmerizing, engaging, and thoughtful in its approach, author John L. Ford’s “Dominion” is a must-read sci-fi novel. The twists and turns in the narrative and the complexity of both the themes and characters will have readers fully immersed in the story, and the mindful approach to the actual science behind the sci-fi will have readers questioning their understanding of the universe themselves. If you haven’t yet, be sure to grab your copy today!

Rating: 10/10


About the Author

John is deeply fascinated by all that is discovery, with an insatiable lust for turning the corners of life just to see what is there. From his native education and acumen in Meteorology, to the countless hours in free-time spent ogling and exploring sciences such as Geology, Biology, Astronomy, Physics, or the myriad of sub-classical disciplines therein, these pass-times also inspire his unrestrained imagination. An energy for story-telling combined with natural ability for speculation and synthesis, he often postulates on his own, only to find one day that research substantiated his own idea. This ability creates a unique visionary mind, one able to construct science-fiction fantasies that in a lot of ways seem eerily plausible. His belief is: The art of creating the believable, is not in inventing the science that proceeds it; it is using real science of the real world to invent the purposes and devices. This naturally evokes the same wonder and awe in the mind of the reader, who is thus impelled to journey further into the story. It is hoped, leaving them in a state of consternation as to what can plausibly come of this ever modernizing world; and looking toward the futures as a technologically advancing species – we are one that is apparently only limited by our own poor judgment and lack of foresight to serve as our guides. And so we live in an era that is rife with potential for mishap and unintended consequences, from incubating super pathogens, to constructing deep-field astronomy technologies that could one day attract unwanted guests, to artificial technology and war-machines that run amok and prove to possess a will that endemically comes into conflict with the creators’. These are tropes at this point. The novel intrigue is in the human cost in lacking vision, where the ingenuity of creative problem solving gives birth to unique wonders, too often in conflict with the evolution of the same force that created them. He spends a lot of his waking private thoughts in wonder, seeking answers to these very same questions. These are stories John likes to explore, spending time in blogging and sharing on science-related social media, as well as bouncing ideas of his various sphere’s of friends and love ones. These same influences have urged him through the years to put these ideas down in writing, and so we have an author that borrows from the actual, to formulate arresting questions of the ‘what if.’


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