Everyone can have heaven, any heaven they want, but some people don't want to go.
Mankind has largely retreated to the realms of virtual reality, where resources are unlimited and the problems of the real world--violence, conflict, sickness, and pain--can all be avoided. Unfortunately, those who stay behind in the real world pose the only risk to the immortality of those who have converted to virtual existence.
Derek, a soldier in the Conversion Forces (ConFoes), seeks to enforce the Mandatory Conversion Act on the remaining mals (malcontent Luddites, gangbangers, and religious fanatics). He just wants to put in his time and join his family on one of the virtual worlds. But until then, he is forced to deal with his psychotic squad-mates, the increasingly brutal tactics of the ConFoes, and a mal ambush. And that's just the beginning of his journey.
While most speculative and science fiction deals with worlds transformed by technological advance, Forced Conversion highlights the troubling and chaotic process of that transformation, itself. It combines the adrenaline-soaked action of military fiction with the extrapolation of current scientific trends of the best speculative fiction, while dealing with the moral and religious implications of both war and technology.
When Moore's Law meets God's Law, the result is forced conversion.
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About the Author
His award-winning, heart-warming and humorous short memoir, "Father's Day," is also available.
Donald J. Bingle is a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, Horror Writers Association, International Association of Media Tie-In Writers, GenCon Writers Symposium, and Origins Game Fair Library. More at www.donaldjbingle.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I am not necessarily a science fiction fan. I just like to read good books. I got a recommendation to read 'Forced Conversion' and loved it. The story line was fast-paced and interesting; the characters were realistic and well-developed; the dialogue was pithy and believable; and the ending was a complete suprise. And Bingle's first book passed the ultimate test: I did not want to put it down. You do not need to be into science fiction to enjoy 'Forced Conversion.' It is a fun read for anyone. I look forward to Bingle's next book.
In the not so distant future, out of control population growth and exponentially rising crime and disease has made earth a less than desirable place to live. Science has advanced to the point that a mind can be downloaded into a virtual reality utopian world, but entry is one way as the body dies. The Mandatory Conversion Act makes it illegal not to convert................. Most earthlings reside in the VR realms; the locations are top secret and heavily guarded to keep the computers from terrorist attacks. There remain some outlaws refusing to convert; the Conversion Forces (ConFoes) like Derek hunt these renegades down to either kill them or force them to convert. Derek meets a Mal, who believes conversion is anti-religious. Scientists and religious believers who know where the computers are hidden unite to try to destroy the devil¿s machines................. The protagonist enlisted into the ConFoes because his paraplegic sister would have movement inside the VR realm. He plans to join her once his enlistment time ends. He hates the real world where he detests his fellow troops who are violent sociopaths and is forced to kill those who try to murder him because of the uniform he wears. There is plenty of action that flows to and from Derek while readers will also ponder the ethical issues that raise the overall quality of this strong sci fi............... Harriet Klausner