The Dream Chip

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When David O'Rourke is laid off from his job as an intelligence agent, he soon finds employment as an Uploader for The TimeLink Corporation, a futuristic manufacturer of advanced computer devices and software. As an Uploader, O'Rourke's job is to capture a complete snapshot of the contents of the benefactor's brain when declared legally deceased. The benefactor has agreed to pay The TimeLink Corporation to provide this service so that their thoughts and memories can be stored for all eternity in the "Will of ...
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When David O'Rourke is laid off from his job as an intelligence agent, he soon finds employment as an Uploader for The TimeLink Corporation, a futuristic manufacturer of advanced computer devices and software. As an Uploader, O'Rourke's job is to capture a complete snapshot of the contents of the benefactor's brain when declared legally deceased. The benefactor has agreed to pay The TimeLink Corporation to provide this service so that their thoughts and memories can be stored for all eternity in the "Will of Memories", a giant protected vault of Super Computers that is maintained on the grounds of The TimeLink Corporation. The TimeLink Corporation is also the designer of a software suite called The Common Council Software Program. This program enables the individual citizen to help dictate the workings of local and other level governments by allowing a vote on issues of importance. This type of involvement in the workings of government has streamlined the process of public governance so that layoffs within governments at all levels have become inevitable. A growing group of bureacrats who call themselves The Civicrats and that are the subject of these layoffs decide that in order to maintain their power, they must do anything they can to prevent the national implementation of The Common Council Software Program. The leader of the Civicrats, Daniel Wozel, has decided to organize a mob and attack The TimeLink Corporation. From 1st Electric Works Publishing where The Dream Was First Published Electronically "Developed as a method to communicate with deep-space mission crews while in hibernation, the Dream Chip was used instead to save the brain's stored knowledge and experience forloved ones to visit with and for improving the future of mankind. The population decides issues by computer voting. The Civicrats, a new political party made up of employees displaced by the downsizing of the government, want to stop this and the "Will Of Memories" at all costs!"

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  • ISBN-13: 9780738863139
  • Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
  • Publication date: 4/1/2001
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2001

    A Blueprint for the Government of the Future

    The Dream Chip is one of the most interesting books I have read in years. The Dream Chip provides an excellent blueprint for how societies can utilize the internet as a governing tool, returning control of the political process back to the citizenry. People can vote on the day to day issues of government at home using their internet connection, no longer having their vote silenced by the campaign donations of some special interest group or the wishes of some bureaucrat! And the conflict between the TimeLink Corporation and The Civicrats is very interesting. I give The Dream Chip five stars(*****)for having the guts to include that very story line about taking on a corrupt political system by involving the internet for political purposes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2001

    Superb Science Fiction. Excellent!

    The Dream Chip is a quick and fun read. Very interesting subject if you like technical stuff, too. I read it in one day ...found I couldn't stop reading it. I've been reading science fiction since birth. This guy's good. I think this is the Thien's first book. I couldn't find any others except an electronic version. The Dream Chip would be an excellent book for reading when the cable goes down or there's nothing on television or when you are on an airplane to keep your mind off of the flight. This book is fresh and tasty...though it's only 125 pages or so, it's a main course, side dish, and desert all in one. Buy it. I think you will be glad you did.

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