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Virtual reality is the technology of the future. Groundbreaking. Dangerous. Almost limitless in its potential. It could replace nuclear power as the most coveted knowledge on the planet. And in a supersecret installation in California, under the most restricted security, one of the top scientists in the field is about to be murdered.

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Virtual reality is the technology of the future. Groundbreaking. Dangerous. Almost limitless in its potential. It could replace nuclear power as the most coveted knowledge on the planet. And in a supersecret installation in California, under the most restricted security, one of the top scientists in the field is about to be murdered.

Virtual reality is the technology of the future. Groundbreaking. Dangerous. Almost limitless in its potential. It could replace nuclear power as the most coveted knowledge on the planet. And in a supersecret installation in California, under the most restricted security, one of the top scientists in the field is about to be murdered. Original.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Anderson and Beason have teamed up once again, but this time the results are less inspiring than their Nebula nominee, Assemblers of Infinity. Perhaps the biggest problem with this near-future thriller is that it doesn't stick to its authors' strengths. The portrayal of the potential future uses of virtual technology are convincing and intriguing, but this technology is incidental to the plot. In addition, all the characters seem like recent graduates from junior high school. If this book is accurate, America's military-industrial complex is and staffed and run by people who wear Spider-Man T-shirts, cheat on their mistresses and stuff plutonium buttons down each other's pants. Given these problems, it's hard to take this too seriously as mystery or as science fiction. (Mar.)
Carl Hays
Anderson and Beason's fourth collaboration blends hard sf and detective fiction to preview the dazzling next step in virtual reality. Livermore National Laboratory is the site of the sensation--a chamber reproducing, complete with touch, sound, and smell, any recorded experience from F16 dogfights to rock climbing. Seizing a chance for major funding and exposure, project overseer Hal Michaelson offers the new technology to the government as a means of nuclear weapons surveillance. Yet before a key public demonstration, Michaelson is found dead in the chamber from exposure to a deadly acid, leaving FBI agent Craig Kreident to ferret out clues and suspects, including a project coordinator who may be passing design secrets to the computer gaming industry. Although the VR gimmickry is fascinating and plausibly rendered, it is pushed aside for a relatively routine detective story that, though a disappointment compared to Anderson and Beason's Nebula nominee, "Assemblers of Infinity" (1993), will be demanded by fans of that and their other books.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780441003082
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/1/1996
  • Series: Craig Kreident Series, #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 6.74 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Meet the Author

Kevin J. Anderson
Kevin J. Anderson is the author of more than one hundred books, 47 of which have appeared on national or international bestseller lists. He has over 21 million books in print in thirty languages. He has won or been nominated for numerous prestigious awards, including the Nebula Award, Bram Stoker Award, the SFX Reader's Choice Award, the American Physics Society's Forum Award, and New York Times Notable Book. By any measure, he is one of the most popular writers currently working in the science fiction genre.

Dr. J. Douglas Beason is the author of fourteen books, eight with collaborator Kevin J. Anderson, including Ignition and Ill Wind, as well as two non-fiction books.

A Nebula Award finalist, Doug's short fiction has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, and he has written for publications as diverse as Analog, Amazing Stories, Physical Review Letters and Physics of Fluids to Clashing Views on Controversial Issues in Science, Technology and Society. Doug and Kevin's novel The Trinity Paradox holds the distinction of being the first work of fiction ever nominated for the American Physical Society's Forum award for promoting the understanding of physics in society, and was the first novel ever reviewed in Physics Today.
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  • Posted October 12, 2013

    Very good and worth the effort to read

    As one who has worked in the facilities written about, I can say this is close to the real thing. Of course there are errors, but they appear to be intentional to clear security issues. This comment covers the second book in the series also. There were more errors there, but again, I think due to security issues. I can not speak about the third book in the series as I never worked at that facility. All in all the series is worth the effort to purchase and read. Both authors very apparently know what they are writing
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