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  • Posted March 13, 2011

    Almost better than real

    A Virtual Affair is the aptly named novel by author Zvi Zaks. Reading it, the scene that best shows the wordsmanship is when software producer Jack Leader prepares to enter the virtual-sexual space by donning a skin-tight VR suit, complete with anatomical details. The rest of the book is similarly constructed. The setting is our own world a few decades into the future, with added elements that make a reader straighten up in their chair and sit at attention. And among the receding hairlines and breath-taking vistas, the half-emptied closets and thrilling consummations, there's Bambi. In a manner that's a hair too clever to be innocent, Zaks works through the characters of the virtual reality company to take the nascent porn program from empty-headed minx to discerning intellect. Much like the rest of the book, the transition borders on seamless; one day the program has its hand on the reader's thigh, and the next its sleight hands are groping at integral parts of society. "I'm in reality," she states at one point, learning, and openly wonders if humans aren't the ones in virtual space. The characters carefully placed around her are left to wonder, and argue at times over the nature of her reality, and ours. The novel will arouse, but the parts enlivened will also surprise.

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