Dream Phaze


Fiction - Science Fiction
229 Pages
Reviewed on 06/06/2022
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Author Biography

Matt lives in Sydney, Australia .

'This narrative began as a short story in 2014. Over subsequent years it evolved through several plot, character and title iterations until Dream Phaze emerged as an episodic series published online in 2018. These episodes, collectively known as Germination, are now an ebook and paperback. Dream Phaze - Germination was awarded a Bronze medal in the 2021 Global Ebook Awards in the science fiction category.

Dream Phaze - Imagination, the second ebook in the series, was released in March 2022.

Matt is a member of the Australian Society of Authors, International Association for the Study of Dreams and Alliance of Independent Authors.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Vincent Dublado for Readers' Favorite

Dream Phaze: Germination by Matt Watters is a sci-fi tale that delves into the alternate world of virtual reality. At the core of this story is Dr. Saxon Zynn. With the help of his wife, Zynn is about to launch his brainchild, the Dream Immersion, which allows users to enter worlds that used to exist only in dreams and imagination. From experiencing history to inhabiting video games, Zynn is on the brink of commercializing his venture into a global business. However, his project is not without critics and opposition, for his product has considerable ramifications. And if those with authority refuse approval, everything that he had worked for will be for naught. Zynn and his wife will have to weigh the pros and cons of Dream Immersion.

Matt Watters has created a novel that touches on a very pressing theme. We live in a world of excess and today’s digital media continue to allow us to act in ways where most of us do not even consider the responsibility that goes with it. That is what Dream Phaze is all about, and this may well be the inevitable future that we could be facing. It is a bizarre mixture of science fiction, mind games, corporate politics, pop psychology, wild images, and questions of absolutes. For all its world-building and technical jargon, it is also a story where we care about the characters and find the storyline thought-provoking. Watters makes sure that there is a lot at stake, and this keeps you involved. I consider it to be one of the best sci-fi novels I have read this year. Watters’s narrative is ingenious in the way he presents the concept of virtual reality. His ominous interpretation is what gives it value. For all the fair warnings it presents, it remains seductive in its prose and style.

Stephanie Chapman

Dream Phaze: Germination by Matt Watters explores a future of being able to engage in lucid dreams. Saxon Zynn has made a scientific breakthrough that allows users to enter a dream scenario of their choice for thirty-three minutes. At the end of the time limit, the user has the choice to follow the experience or try a different scenario. The story details dreams with a group of scientists testing out the platform. However, as with any new technology, there is always opposition. A religious group called Fundamental Purists, led by Jeremy Abernathy and his wife, Amanda Voss, criticize Zynn’s Dream Immersion Technology. A leak of information results in an early release and a scandal ensues. Zynn’s son and girlfriend disappear, making Zynn face the ultimatum of canceling the project or the death of his son.

Matt Watters creates a very detailed story of possibilities. The dream scenarios are realistic in the way they sound, and I found the thought of some enticing. What would I want to dream if I chose the option of being an active participant in my fantasy world? Including a family drama with an abduction and information leaks creates the possibility that Zynn’s lifelong work might fail. Likewise, including a radical religion attempting to derail the project also brings Amanda Voss’ past work with Zynn to light. I understand why Fundamental Purists support opposing the technology since she has first-hand knowledge of the work. The subplots of the book are fluid and easy to follow. The stories kept me asking if tampering with the human subconscious is something we should indulge in. Every person’s development makes this story come to life. Therefore, I recommend Dream Phaze: Germination to readers who enjoy a story with scientific possibilities that offer the positives and negatives of technology use in altering mental capability.

Genny S.

Agree! This is a 5-star novel in every sense of the word. Highly recommended.