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The Delphine: The Last Ark Book 2 by Ross C. Miller commences with the birth of twins on the space settlement of Bethel. Winona and Wakanda Somers are both remarkably intelligent, but Winona is destined to be the “Guide” while Wakanda "sees" mathematics. One day Wakanda discovers she can move in space and time simply by mentally adjusting formulae. This exciting discovery is followed by Wakanda’s observation of an anomaly and she resolves to save the lives of a crew of intelligent “bug-people.” Wakanda continues to jump back and forth in time, righting wrongs as she sees them. Sometimes there is the risk of destroying the future, and failures come at a great emotional cost. In the role of The Delphine, she is followed by her nephew Dakota and other descendants to Tacoma.
The Delphine by Ross C. Miller contained genuine speculative elements that reminded me of the golden age of "scientifiction". The world-building was impressive throughout, and the plot was informed by the theories of mathematics, laws of physics, and various conundrums surrounding time travel. I enjoyed the descriptions of animal life on Bethel and the depictions of ships in outer space. My sympathies were always with the Rajinistas who were being hunted by the Unity. On the other hand, I respected Wakanda’s remorse for the loss of life she caused among the Unity fleet. The position of Delphine somehow reminded me of the oracle of Delphi from ancient Greece, as Wakanda was informed and rendered wise by her visits to the past. This work belongs among the award-winning volumes of classic science fiction.