The Second Internet Cafe, Part 1: The Dimension Researcher

The Second Internet Cafe, Part 1: The Dimension Researcher

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by Chris James

“If you can sense the alternate realities you create every time you act, or omit to act, then I offer you a challenge: pit your imagination against my reality.”

Lucas Hunter has the best job in the universe: exploring and investigating alternate realities. He works at the cutting edge of the temporal archaeology carried out by the Second Internet


“If you can sense the alternate realities you create every time you act, or omit to act, then I offer you a challenge: pit your imagination against my reality.”

Lucas Hunter has the best job in the universe: exploring and investigating alternate realities. He works at the cutting edge of the temporal archaeology carried out by the Second Internet Café - the world’s most advanced scientific research facility. Here, scientists have unlocked the ultimate secret: time travel is possible, to all histories except our own. But other nations are jealous of Europe’s scientific achievements, and plot to shut down the Second Internet Café.

After years of preparation, Lucas finally qualifies as a dimension researcher. But from his first jump to an alternate reality, he realises something is wrong. A strange American is chasing Lucas across the continuum; from Soviet Warsaw in 1944, to Muslim-dominated Europe in 1911, and on to Nazi-controlled England in 1967. Lucas soon understands that his superiors have betrayed him, and that the impossible has happened: a time paradox has been created.

As the Second Internet Café’s enemies in our universe bring their plan to fruition, Lucas must struggle to understand a miasma of lies and half-truths, to try to avert the world’s first trans-dimensional war.

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Chris James
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Second Internet Cafe , #1
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Chris James is the critically acclaimed author of the first two parts of the science fiction trilogy The Second Internet Cafe, and Stories of Genesis, Vol. 1, Vol. 2 & Vol. 3, short story collections based on characters in songs by the rock band Genesis. Chris is also the author of the ground-breaking science fiction novel Class Action, and has published the comedy/picture book The B Team and Me. He has also published two feature-film length screenplays: the romantic comedy The Renewable Assignment, and a biopic of early Genesis and Tony Stratton-Smith, called Atmospheres: The genesis of Genesis. Chris is an occasional lecturer in English at Warsaw University and a full-time language trainer. Chris lives in an agreeably anonymous – and nicely forested – suburb of Warsaw, Poland, with his Polish wife and three children.

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BigAl70 More than 1 year ago
Science Fiction and I have a strange relationship. If asked, I’ll say I’m not much of a sci-fi guy, but when I think of the genre what I picture is the space opera subgenre, full of futuristic space battles, advanced technologies, and life spent entirely in space: Star Trek or Star Wars like stories. Yet I’ve still read some of these and if the characters appeal to me I’ll enjoy them, even though they’ll never be my first choice for reading material. Obviously, my concept of Science Fiction is way too limited. The truth is, many books I read and enjoy have some Science Fiction elements, although not always enough to fall into the genre. M.P. McDonald’s Mark Taylor series is a good example. What that series and other books which are clearly Science Fiction (but not space opera) that I enjoy have in common is some kind of question that starts, “what if?” In the example of the Mark Taylor books it is, “what if someone had a camera that could show a future negative event, and the camera owner could potentially prevent it from happening?” The Dimension Researcher explores the question of “what if there were alternate realities, and we were able to explore them,” and a second question, “what could go wrong?” The concept of alternate realities or other dimensions is a common idea in Science Fiction. I’ve encountered it before and expect most sci-fi readers have. In case you’re not familiar with it, the concept is that each time someone makes a decision an alternate reality is created for each of the possible outcomes. The Dimension Researcher can explore the differences between these realities and how alternate decisions, both large and small, could affect the course of the world. It’s an interesting mind exercise. I think any book that makes you think is a good one, and this one did that for me. But no story is going to work without good characters and, when the story takes place in a world that is changed from our own, in describing and defining that world so it becomes real for the reader – often called world building. It is in these areas where James excelled. The main characters were well-formed with enough detail to feel as if you understood their personalities, both the good and the not. And the world where most of the story took place, a gigantic building with many different areas, each with distinct functions, was described very well. Enough so I could picture it, put myself in the story, and imagine the setting. The Dimension Researcher is a good read for both sci-fi fans and those who, like me, could benefit from expanding their reading diet as a reminder that the genre is much broader than they think. **Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. ** 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In 2068, Lucas Hunter realized his lifelong dream. After years of training, he finally qualifies as a dimension researcher; one of an elite corps of time/dimension travelers who explore the many alternate realities that have diverged from their own, on behalf of the European Government’s Second Internet Café, the world’s most advanced scientific research facility. Hunter’s dream quickly turns into a nightmare. Some nations, led by the Americans who destroyed the first Internet before he was born, are seeking to shut the Second Internet Café down, and seemingly will stop at nothing in order to achieve that aim. Worse, on his first ‘jump,’ Hunter encounters a mysterious ‘American’ who also seems to be a dimension jumper, but from another dimension, and the stage is set for the worst of all situations, a time paradox and the potential for a trans-dimensional war. Hunter finds himself fighting not only the ‘aliens’ who seem to be following him from dimension to dimension, but the betrayals of his own superiors at the Second Internet Café, who are playing a game, the rules of which Hunter must understand if he is to survive. In The Second Internet Café, Part 1: The Dimensional Researcher, author Chris James has described a future ‘reality’ with such astonishing detail, both technological and social, it is vividly authentic, and all too ‘real.’ There’s a tendency, when encountering a new writer with James’ skill, to compare him or her to some luminary of the past. Well, Chris James is no Heinlein, he’s no Asimov; he’s Chris James. The man has a style that is uniquely his, and someday, people will be saying of young writers, ‘they write in the style of Chris James.’
bbeams32 More than 1 year ago
The Dimension Researcher by Chris James is an exciting, creative journey through a future in which the technology exists to travel through time, albeit by visiting different dimensions. The way that the subject is approached in this book is incredibly unique and the story draws you in and doesn't let go. Lucas Hunter has just become The Second Internet Cafe's newest Dimension Researcher, a group of people who are sent to other dimensions to gather information about them. The dimensions they visit are alternate versions of history, created when events occurred differently that in what is called, Reality One. What if WWII had a different victor? What if John Lennon hadn't been assassinated? What if a baby born stillborn lived and grew to become a famous artist? In The Dimension Resarcher, these alternative realities exist. However, during Lucas' first "jump", he notices a strange man with technology far removed from the time period Lucas is sent to. When that same person pops up on his next mission, Lucas realizes he is being followed and that there is a plot in motion that could destroy The Second Internet Cafe, if not his entire reality. Chris James has a way with words that makes his characters and his world real. That, and his impressive knowledge of history and science(quantum physics and the such), solidifies the plausibility of the premise and completely suspends any sense of disbelief. Chris James has obviously thought every aspect of this premise through, and his thorough realization of this world truly shows. The story moves at a brisk pace, pulling you through no matter what else you should be doing, and doesn't let up until you turn that last page. Though the book has a very satisfying conclusion, it is left open enough to make you yearn for further adventures with Lucas' and the Second Internet Cafe. At least being titled The Second Internet Cafe Part One ensures that Chris James has plans to grace us with more wonderful stories in this alternative future. I really love some of the unique concepts Chris James puts forth in this book such as how histories, works of art, and music can be brought back and become popular items among the populace of Reality One. The idea that one event from one dimension can diverge into countless other dimensions which in turn can branch into countless more after that, etc. is interesting. There are a few moments, though rare, that a couple pages will drag with technical terms and scientific explanations that will go right over the average reader's head, but it also helps to keep things real. You may find yourself skimming over these parts or jumping onto Google to learn more. I have to say that I could see this as a wonderful idea for a movie, the characters brimming with personality and the story full of action and intrigue. I anxiously await the next entry in this brilliant series.
JTeal More than 1 year ago
I bought this book on the strength of a previous novel by Chris James, Class Action, which I really enjoyed and which was, apparently, his first novel. I am so pleased I did as the Dimension Researcher has turned out to be my favourite book from this past year! I liked it so much, I'm rereading it preparation for the second in his series, which I understand will be coming up within the next year. The character of Lucas Hunter compelled me to continue reading as SciFi has never been my genre of choice;however, with this book, I have changed my mind. What I loved about the adventures? The science, the wonder, the human impact of the unique time travel. The story is a fascinating one...actually, it isn't one story, it's many. Timelines in alternate universes pop up regularly to create new challenges for the characters and the reader. I was enthralled by the choices Mr.James made in these realities, particularly when there was significant attention paid to the emotional toll of this kind of travel. Mr. James is a skilled literary writer and a wonderful storyteller. I really can't wait to read the next installment...and the next...and the next!
Beeshon More than 1 year ago
Wow. This is probably one of the most intelligent books I have read. I have to confess, that whilst the Kindle has led me down a number of previously unconsidered genre roads with very pleasing consequences—sci-fi in particular, I do remain a bear of very little scientific brain. And there’s a lot, quite a lot of science in this. I confess, I didn’t understand it all completely—it really is all very clever—but enough to thoroughly enjoy this very compelling novel. Lucas Hunter is a dimension researcher. So what’s that? Well, simple: he researches dimensions. In a nutshell, he’s a time traveller working for The Second Internet Café exploring different dimensions (after divergence) in Reality One to bring back knowledge and information to the Café. (There are trillions of dimensions, by the way). He also has to save the 10-year project from a takeover by the Americans. Are you with me? No, I didn’t think so. But don’t worry. This novel will have you with your finger firmly adhered to the click-button of your Kindle. You will be bumping into delightful words and phrases like matter de-confliction and quinvigintillion and inverted anti-neutralino. There’s a wonderful array of characters, from the greedy and ambitious to the dedicated and amiable. Lucas himself is very captivating—we don’t know that much about his physical attributes other than he is tall and dark-haired (who knows, he might even be handsome), but he is dedicated, focused, loyal, and has the odd moment of sincere tenderness (after all, he could have a girl in every dimension…) This was an incredibly conceived, well thought-out and clever novel. The ‘science bit’ was complex, but what I liked about it, it wasn’t conveyed in a patronising or pompous way.