by Kimberly Unger


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In this riveting debut science-fiction technothriller, a top-notch VR pilot encounters a disaster during the highest profile space-faring project of her career. Now she must unearth a critical truth: was her discovery due to a betrayal, a business rival, or a threat to humanity itself?

We are live, we are live, we are live. . .

Helen Vectorovich holds the unique distinction of failing at first contact—and she did it in both virtual reality and outer space.

Only the most elite teams of operators and navigators get to pilot in remote space-mining operations. And no one was better than Helen and her navigator. Together they secured a multibillion contract for establishing an interstellar gate to a distant star. But during a routine mission, what should have been an easy success turned deadly.

Helen, grounded in a desk job, has overeager junior pilots jockeying to take her place, jealous corporate rivals, and nasty rumors blaming her for the botched mission. Meanwhile, Helen’s new discovery in space—the Scale—seems to be . . . evolving.

When someone—or something—wants to terminate her project, Helen must race to find out why before it is far too late.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781616963385
Publisher: Tachyon Publications
Publication date: 11/13/2020
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 226,961
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.72(d)

About the Author

Kimberly Unger made her first videogame game back when the 80-column card was the new hot thing, and followed that up with degrees in English/Writing from UC Davis and Illustration from the Art Center College of Design. Nowadays she produces virtual reality narrative-games, lectures on the intersection of art and code for UCSC’s master’s program, and writes science fiction about how all these app-driven superpowers are going to change the human race.

(TL;dr: Unger writes about fast robots, big explosions, and space things.)

Unger lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she works on the Oculus VR gaming platform at Facebook.

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