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In the not-too-distant future the United States is ravaged by disease and stifled by martial law. With whole cities succumbing to a lethal virus known as V-CIDS, the panicked authorities take the drastic action of herding the infected into specially designed internment camps. Into one of these prisons stumbles Michael Barris, a wealthy interactive-television mogul with a controversial past. He is searching for his sick son, spending his fortune and his future for answers. What he finds is a carefully-guarded ...
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Overview

In the not-too-distant future the United States is ravaged by disease and stifled by martial law. With whole cities succumbing to a lethal virus known as V-CIDS, the panicked authorities take the drastic action of herding the infected into specially designed internment camps. Into one of these prisons stumbles Michael Barris, a wealthy interactive-television mogul with a controversial past. He is searching for his sick son, spending his fortune and his future for answers. What he finds is a carefully-guarded nightmare - one that he helped create. As Barris struggles to survive in this shadowy world, he comes to understand that reaching his son is not his only battle. For the camps have a far more sinister agenda than the military is willing to admit - an agenda which threatens not only life, but the very spark of human spirit.

The United States in the year 2010 is a country ravaged by V-CIDS, a deadly mutation of the AIDS virus. With proportions reaching epidemic stages, the government has set up isolated intern camps--with shocking intentions! Ultimately a story of hope and human courage, this is a gripping and powerful novel from a master storyteller. Ads in Locus. HC: Roc.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
It's 2010, and an attempted cure for AIDS has mutated into a deadlier disease, V-CIDS. The U.S., under martial law, has set up "quarantine centers" in the Southwest. Searching for his gay son, Jon, media mogul Michael Barris smuggles himself into one of centers only to discover that it and the other centers are actually extermination camps. With a strange assortment of allies, including the leader of the camp's gay barracks, an army officer and a local cowboy, Barris precipitates an inmates' rebellion that promises the unraveling of the death-camp system and the overthrow of the government that established it. Here, Hickman is working with a classic SF theme that's been popular since the days when the Great Menace could be the Yellow Peril or invaders from Mars. It shares some its predecessors' common faults-sentimentality, a dubious scenario, questionable technology-but boasts some considerable virtues, including superior characterization, a carefully built setting and excellent pacing. This novel represents a radical departure for the author, who's known for more easily popular SF and fantasy (the Deathgate Cycle, etc.). He's to be commended for his daring and vision. (May)
Library Journal
The year is 2010. The V-CIDS virus, once thought to be a cure for AIDS, has mutated into an even deadlier disease and is ravaging the United States. While scientists struggle to find a cure, victims are rounded up and isolated in government camps. Their numbers increase at a staggering rate, and the camp officials treat the victims like so much cordwood to be shipped to local crematoria. Outside the camps, paranoia and homophobia run rampant. Michael Barris, an outspoken TV executive, bucks the paralyzing fear and seeks to visit his estranged son at one of the camps. Once inside, he too becomes a prisoner, and his efforts to deal with his own feelings as well as the overwhelming lack of humanity and compassion that he witnesses make this a powerful, disturbing, and depressing story. Hickman is coauthor with Margaret Weiss of the "Dragonlance" sf series (e.g., Dragonlance: The Legend Becomes Reality, Random, 1986). For popular collections.-Susan Gene Clifford, Hughes Aircraft Co. Lib., Los Angeles
Kirkus Reviews
Solo venture for the coauthor (with Margaret Weis) of the fantasy Deathgate Cycle, etc. By 2010, a new and deadly viral epidemic, V-CIDS, threatens the US, and a beleaguered President has ordained the creation of isolated camps to quarantine those infected—anyone suspected of contact with a victim is also rounded up whether he or she is sick or not. Particularly under suspicion is the gay community, whose members are treated with special harshness. Television executive Michael Barris finds that his estranged gay son, Jason, has disappeared into the camp system, so he arranges to join the next shipment of internees; the legitimate prisoners are implanted with transponders, so that they're instantly spotted if they try to escape. Michael finds Newhouse Center a disgusting and degrading place, with bodies stacked like cordwood—a place run with ruthless brutality by a prisoner elite. He struggles to survive and make contact with Jason, though the gays are ghettoized and treated worst of all. The military spy on everyone—but what the inmates don't know is that they're in an extermination camp: Anyone surviving the purposefully murderous regime will be firebombed and their remains bulldozed into the desert sands.

A praiseworthy attempt at consciousness-raising, but with same gross flaws—in plotting, characterization, backdrop, and development—as Hickman's previous offerings.

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It's 2010, and an attempted cure for AIDS has mutated into a deadlier disease, V-CIDS. The U.S., under martial law, has set up "quarantine centers" in the Southwest. Searching for his gay son, Jon, media mogul Michael Barris smuggles himself into one of centers only to discover that it and the other centers are actually extermination camps. With a strange assortment of allies, including the leader of the camp's gay barracks, an army officer and a local cowboy, Barris precipitates an inmates' reb
Susan Gene Clifford
The year is 2010. The V-CIDS virus, once thought to be a cure for AIDS, has mutated into an even deadlier disease and is ravaging the United States. While scientists struggle to find a cure, victims are rounded up and isolated in government camps. Their numbers increase at a staggering rate, and the camp officials treat the victims like so much cordwood to be shipped to local crematoria. Outside the camps, paranoia and homophobia run rampant. Michael Barris, an outspoken TV executive, bucks the
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781931567398
  • Publisher: Margaret Weis Productions, Ltd
  • Publication date: 7/25/2010
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 4.25 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Tracy Hickman was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on November 26th, 1955. He graduated Provo High School in 1974 where his major interests were in Drama, music and Air Force JROTC. In 1975, Tracy began two years of service as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (the Mormons). His initial posting was for six months in Hawaii before his visa was approved and he moved on to his final calling in the nation of Indonesia. There, he served as a missionary in Surabaya, Djakarta and the mountain city of Bandung before being released honorably in 1977. As a result, Tracy can still speak conversational Indonesian and occasionally basis his magical phrases on that language.

Tracy married his High School sweetheart, Laura Curtis, within four months of his returning to the United States. They have been married ever since and are the parents of four children.

Tracy has worked as a supermarket stockboy, a movie projectionist, a theater manager, a glass worker, a television assistant director, and a drill press operator in a genealogy center. It was in 1981 — between jobs and wanting to buy shoes for his children — that he approached TSR about buying two of his modules . . . and ended up with a job instead. That job lead to his association with Margaret Weis and their first publication together: the Dragonlance Chronicles.

Since that time in 1985, they have jointly authored over forty book titles. Tracy’s first two solo novels, “Requiem of Stars” and “The Immortals” were published in the spring of 1996.

More recently, Tracy and his wife Laura have been able to fulfill a long-time dream; they once again are writing together. Their first joint novel, MYSTIC WARRIOR, was published in 2004 and they look forward to a long and exciting career together.

Tracy remains highly active in his church and pursues a number of hobbies including guitar, singing, piano, models, DVD and Bluray movies (although he STILL maintains that HD-DVD was a better format), computer games, television production and animation. He loves to read biographies, histories and popular science books.

Tracy currently resides with his wife in South Jordan, Utah.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2003

    thought provoking

    I read this book six years ago, and the ideas that Mr.Hickman adresses still haunt me today! He very skillfully addresses issues of racism, disease, war, the news and propaganda. Are we as humans so lacking thought that we cannot come up with ideas ourselves? Do we need our lives programmed by the media? This book would say, 'yes!' Today, with reality television and the dumbing down of Hollywood films and books, I would agree with Mr. Hickman. This is not a very happy book, but I still think about the ideas that are addressed. There is a section in the middle of the book where the main character speaks about how mankind must not forget the past; how he and his follwers must carry on their predecessor's legacies, as well as their own. As a humanitarian and a historian, this section gave me goosebumps. I am truly sorry that I am the only person that seems to have read this book, and got something out of it. Personally, this is one of the most important books that I have ever read in my entire life. More of you need to get off the couch and read this book. You will never think about life around you in the same way!!!

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    Provacative

    Thoughtful, insightful, and provacative. This book is seriously underappreciated and underrated. Great plot, theme and characters.

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