Matt Watters’ Dream Phaze—Germination follows husband and wife, Dr. Saxon Zynn and Margo, who are both scientists and have just made a breakthrough in the creation of “Dream Immersion,” a virtual-reality-based technology that enables users to experience both the past and their potential future in their dream. While they have envisioned the technology to offer a life-changing experience to users, inventors quickly find themselves facing opposition from every part, including powerful organizations. Can they succeed to get this stellar product the recognition it deserves or will they be forced to destroy or reconsider it?
Matt Watters writes with unwonted clarity and in prose that is fluid and engaging, rendering complex scientific concepts readable and interesting to readers. The novel features an intriguing and compelling premise: the idea of a technology that makes both the past and the future accessible to users is fascinating and original. Through this technology, users can relive events of the past in their dreams, with examples like the wars of Ancient Rome and brawls involving cowboys in the 19th century. The story is nuanced and peppered with mesmerising details. The superbly imagined setting transports readers to dreamland and awakens the faint longing of being able to instantly access knowledge in them. The characters are not just rock-solid but brilliantly executed and multidimensional. Dream Phaze—Germination is a stunning work of great imagination, composed in excellent prose and featuring engaging plot points. The characters’ experience with “Dream Immersion” offers careful and illuminating observations on complex scientific issues. This novel is a winner for fans of science fiction novels that stand out in originality and excellence.