The Prox Transmissions by The Starset Society
THE FOLLOWING DRAMATIZATION HAS BEEN COMMISSIONED BY THE STARSET SOCIETY.
In this action-packed science-fiction novel, Stephen Browning wakes up with no memory of the last couple months and a tattoo on his head that leads him into a deadly game of hide and seek. What’s locked away in his head could kill him – or it could save the future. With the lines between friend and enemy crossing and dangerous people watching his every move, Browning will have to remember what’s lost before it’s too late.
Publisher’s Description: SETI radio astronomer Dr. Stephen Browning wakes disoriented and confused in a dingy gas station bathroom. He stumbles home trying to put the pieces of his night back together, only to discover that there are new tenants living inside his apartment when he arrives. This leads him to a shocking realization – over a month has passed since his last recollection. Oddly, these new tenants provide him with one clue, a letter – written in his own handwriting – instructing him what to do next:
Shave your head.
Eager to uncover the reason for his memory lapse, Browning complies and finds a string of coordinates tattooed onto the side of his head, which inevitably lead him to the discovery of a cryptic signal from far outside our solar system.
Enlisting the help of a wealthy Silicon Valley engineer and a brilliant NASA robotics programmer, Dr. Browning begins a journey to decipher the meaning of the transmission, only to find he has become an unwitting pawn in a much bigger game.
Soon it becomes apparent that the transmission is not only a message from the farthest reaches of the galaxy, but a warning from the future. Unless Browning and his team can protect the information from falling into the wrong hands, its message – and its warning – will be lost forever.
Possible spoilers beyond this point.
Kat Mandu says…
When the top technology falls into the wrong hands and sets in motion a series of events that will forever impact generations to come, Browning knows he and his allies, brilliant and sarcastic Anton Wise, and “hacker-girl” Dana, must get a message from a devastated future into the open and prevent it from ever happening. But along the way he must deal with some serious trust issues, two warring societies known as the Collective and The Order of Teslonia, and a mass of secrets he’ll have to unravel if he wants to save the world. Not to mention the betrayal of some of the people he loves the most.
Even a well-lit place…can hide salvation… a map to a one-man maze…that never sees the sun…
I found this book fascinating. Full of the most knowledgeable theories on science, economics, history, and engineering, it’s a whirlwind of genre-bending storytelling. Though yes, there are quite a few grammatical and spelling errors, they’re easy to ignore because the concept is so much more enticing. From start to finish, The Prox Transmissions delivers page after page of mind-bending theory you want to believe, principles that make you ask yourself:
Once you had the power to affect monumental change – would you let fear consume you? Or would you overcome?
The ending is a bit rushed but there’s so much action that you find yourself reading through it super fast anyway, just to get the adrenaline pumping and to find out what happens. It’s left with a lot of questions that remain unanswered and I’m wondering if they have a sequel planned out? I mean, there’s a lot of story left to tell. And there’s always another message to transmit.
So what else makes this book so damn good? It’s not just the meaning behind the book – or the story. It’s the alternate way the story is told. Because YES. There are two narrators. One who explains the message. And the other who broadcasts it across the world.
If you’re a fan of rock music and science fiction, you’re in luck. Cinematic rock band Starset is just for you.
Mayday, mayday, the ship is slowly sinking…they think I’m crazy but they don’t know the feeling…
Born from the belief in the Starset Society, Starset’s first album, “Transmissions” is a detailed account of The Prox Transmissions story. The entire album is a book in itself and each song, a chapter. With a hard-rock and science fiction sound, Starset brings the message to life in pulse-pounding songs like “My Demons” and “Carnivore” and beautiful ballads like “Dark On Me” and “Telescope.” Every song follows the story of Thomas (another character in The Prox Transmissions book) and Stephen Browning as they race against time to prevent a disastrous future from occurring. Intertwined with genres of action, romance, and science, the album presents itself as a wonderful presentation of a journey through time and space. It begins with a mission and ends with hope.
Want to see for yourself? Check out the music videos below. Each follows the storyline of The Prox Transmissions novel, though My Demons follows the plot of the book more closely.
- My Demons: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-N_y1bZtRw
- Halo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MwiYfNyC81A
- Carnivore: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7TkokQjF71Q
- Starset Homepage: http://starsetonline.com/index.php
As you could probably tell, yes, I’m a huge fan of these guys. I pre-ordered the book back in December and I probably should have read The Prox Transmissions sooner, but alas, sometimes life gets a little rough. But if you ever get the chance to see these guys in concert, take it. The band members wear real space suits and the whole show gives you the feeling you’ve entered an entirely different world. There’s so much beauty in what these guys do and I’m super stoked for the new album, which I believe is currently in production. Can’t wait.
Also, guys – I am doing a giveaway of both the Transmissions album as well as a free ebook copy of Prox Transmissions. Check out the link here!
Readers, I highly recommend this book. Help spread the message. And always remember:
IGNORANCE :: SLAVERY:: KNOWLEDGE :: FREEDOM
Yesterday is nothing… I have half a life to rewrite… Flying into this future, I will let the science bring the change. This will be the FINAL cure. I am gonna take the past away…
If you like this book…
If you like time travel, try Quantum Break by Cam Rogers, The Time Machine by H.G. Wells, The Chronos Files by Rysa Walker. If you like Nikola Tesla, try Tesla: A Man Out of Time by Margaret Cheney. If you like sci-fi in general, try anything by Arthur C. Clarke or newer science fiction like The Martian by Andy Weir and the Red Rising trilogy by Pierce Brown.