Found this at the library, and wondered if I’d stumbled across an Aussie SF author that I’d previously been unaware of. On reading the first few chapters, I was shocked and appalled at the poor quality prose and unscientific constructions (a “red electron” in the first few pages; later we are told about “DNA atoms”). Beware a book that touts its references (including Google search result tally!) at the beginning rather than the end!
This book could likely hold it’s own in the worst-SF-books-I’ve-ever-read competition (the all-time #1 is Battlefield Earth by L. Ron Hubbard), except that I balked at spending the time to actually read the whole thing. I was curious about who would put out such crap, it turns out that the publisher, one Javelin Books is headed by the author, Christopher Ride, making this book basically a high-quality vanity publication. I was also curious about the background to Book Choice, the advertising site which promotes the book, but (also according to the SMH blog) this is also a paid placement on behalf of the publisher (who, if you remember, is also the author). What a cynical and self-serving exercise in forcing a piece of undiluted crap onto the undeserving reading public.
Incidentally, as claimed by the author, the Schumann Resonances (from whence the title comes) are a real physical phenomenon, an electromagnetic wave which travels within the Earth’s atmosphere at a frequency which depends upon the dimensions of the Earth (in the same way that the frequency of a plucked string depends upon the string length). There is no plausible way to change this frequency short of altering the size of the Earth. Nice work, Mr. Ride.