Alexander Besher { epub } Mir: A Novel of Virtual Reality

Isbnoriginal A friend trying to get me to "read sci fi Well I read RIM first which was a bit better than this one It had "sci fi Well I read RIM first which was a bit better than this one It had fi Well I read RIM first which was a bit better than this one It had storyline and it vaguely made sense and had an ounce of believabilityThis one I didn t know what I was even reading for most of the time and I m still puzzling over why the little things were even called tattoos in the over why the little things were even called tattoos in the place as they obviously bore no resemblance to what we traditionally think of as tattoos Maybe that was the point but it totally evaded me There are defining moments ground zero points in literature when boundaries are set and terms are defined The Lord of The Rings was one such point spawning an entire new genre of heroic fantasy as was Gibson s Neuromancer which in 1984 reinvented Science Fiction as Cyberpunk and fictionalised the embryonic internet for a whole generation of new readers For some reason maybe it s the obligatory Japanese connection Buddhism seems to feature a great deal in these post Gibson novels See for instance Grimwood s Red Robe Besher s work is less bleak than the cheerless cyber landscapes of Grimwood or Simon Ings maybe because the emphasis is shifted away from the literary special effects of software and cyberspace to that of the protagonists themselves Besher takes great care to carefully construct his characters and fit them seamlessly into a background of Omnispace fabulous gadgetry and exotic locations This is the seuel to the unfortunately titled RIM in which Tibetan Buddhism played a major part This time it s Russia The Tsar has been restored to power along with a whole new Russian aristocracy or maybe technocracy The central figure is Trevor. Mir The Russian word for peace for one world Mir 30 is the code name for a piece of neural software that can change the world And it's escaped carrying a virus that is hell bent on doing ust that The year is 2036 and the world is in the grip of a new cold war The Berlin Wall is back up and concentration camps have been recreated It is an eerily familiar conflict with a chilling new twist this is a battle for control of cyberspace and the Wall and the camps are both of the virtual variety It's a time when epidermal programming is the cutting edge fetish among the fringe dwellers of the hacker underworld These epidermal programs are sentient tattoos that can travel on line and ,


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Gobi who as a child in RIM was trapped in a virtual reality game and rescued by his father Frank Trevor is now a grown man with a girlfriend Nelly Trevor and Nelly do seem like an unlikely pair of names to turn up in a cyberpunk novel but maybe Besher has figured that antiuated names will re emerge to be fashionable in the future Nelly has somehow acuired a mobile and sentient tattoo during a shoot out in a French Riviera Caf a tattoo which holds a Russian *military virus at home in either biological or software systems which *virus at home in either biological or software systems which parties are keen to acuire The virus however develops and agenda of its own A uestion arose halfway through the book Is this actually Science Fiction or is it a high tech thriller It s a moot point Indeed one could even ask at what point extrapolated contemporary scientific ideas cease to become SF and become fantasy Modern SF generally complies to what have become conventions of the genre and being a narrow and competitive arena books have to conform to some kind of standard consistent with the conventions An SF novel can not really get away with what TV and film Sci Fi does in that Captain Janeway of Starship Voyager can blather on for hours about temporal or gaseous anomalies fractures in the warp plasma conduit sub field casing or a gel pack malfunction the sub space array relay etc etc etc SF novelists do not get away with throwing in technobollocks so easily or at least only the very good ones do There is a tendency in Besher to over extrapolate without a link to any contemporary science we may be familiar with which is why the tattoos fantastic creations though they may be moved sl. Erform tasks for their owners on the Net They can even move from body to body in forbidden techno pagan rituals Now the Mir virus is on the in forbidden techno pagan rituals Now the Mir virus is on the traveling as a passenger on the tattoos Like the tattoos Mir can migrate from consciousness to consciousness from body to body from individuals to entire nations both off line and on line No one nothing is safe in its deadly path Trevor Gobi son of the legendary virtual reality investigator Frank Gobi is on the trail of Mir His girlfriend Nelly has become infected through a tattoo a tattoo that assumes a phantasmic form of its own as it incubates on her body as it threatens her very existence and the entire World Wide Net Mir is the Mir: A Novel of Virtual RealityIghtly for me into the realm of fantasy I didn t find enough of a relationship to contemporary science for of fantasy I didn t find enough of a relationship to contemporary science for existence given the internal "Logic Of The Book The Count One "of the book The Count one the Russian nouveau riche has a fabulous Faberge egg in his safe Of course it s not ust an egg It s a virus storage device but it s employed in this novel as a magic egg whose magic the Count is planning to sell to enemies of the King Communist rebels plotting against the Tsar The Count is killed but the egg s magic contents have vanished Those who come to INVESTIGATE THE EGG FIND THAT THE WIZARD COUNT HAS the egg find that the wizard Count has a final spell to deal with those who attempt to discover the egg s secrets another military grade virus which alters the perception of its victims making them believe they re serving a life sentence in a Russian Gulag Is Cyberpunk the new Science Fantasy It is of course Science Fiction It is made so if only by the extrapolated social evolution of Russia but the novel employs Fantasy novel devices and it will be interesting to examine the evolution of cyberpunk and see how far it tends to fantasy in the future There s also a metaphysical aspect to Besher s work based for the most part in Buddhist philosophy and practice and which again blurs the boundaries between for want of a better phrase the paranormal and the magic of science Dorje the Buddhist lama cab driver and a medicine man whom two of the protagonists meet somewhere in the Middle East display abilities which are derived from psychic rather than technological sources The ending is somewhat confusing and though I believe I ve worked out what happened I m still not entirely clear. Econd novel in the Rim Trilogy The first Rim was nominated for the Philip K Dick Award and described as a book destined to become a classic by Paul Saffo director of the Institute of the Future National Public Radio's Moira Gunn called it incrediblycompelling with its mix of technology and metaphysics human consciousness and virtual reality In Mir Besher presents a startlingly complete and daunting vision of a future where the on line virtual life has become fully as real and crucial to everyone's survival as mundane reality It is a wildly imaginative frighteningly believable thriller that is guaranteed to oin Neuromancer and Snow Crash as defining paradigms of the cyberfuture.


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  1. says: Alexander Besher { epub } Mir: A Novel of Virtual Reality

    CHARACTERS Mir: A Novel of Virtual Reality Alexander Besher { epub } Mir: A Novel of Virtual Reality Alexander Besher ï 6 REVIEW Fun at first but not all that satisfying The author didn't worry about creating any kind of internal consistency and one was never sure what the plot was He was just having fun with a lot of zany ideas from virtual realities to metaphysics

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    CHARACTERS Mir: A Novel of Virtual Reality Alexander Besher ï 6 REVIEW FREE READ ↠ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ï Alexander Besher There are defining moments ground zero points in literature when boundaries are set and terms are defined '‘The Lord of The Rings

  3. says: CHARACTERS Mir: A Novel of Virtual Reality Alexander Besher { epub } Mir: A Novel of Virtual Reality Alexander Besher ï 6 REVIEW

    FREE READ ↠ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ï Alexander Besher Alexander Besher ï 6 REVIEW Alexander Besher { epub } Mir: A Novel of Virtual Reality I felt a bit disappointed by it The story is good Trevor Gobi and his girlfriend are on holiday trying to get their relationship back on track But they are caught in a police raid on two smugglers and suddenly Nelly finds she has a new tattoo For the smuggler was passing a virus Mir and when things go wrong it takes refuge in his sentient tattoo which escapes his dying body and takes up residence on Nelly But they soon realise

  4. says: Alexander Besher { epub } Mir: A Novel of Virtual Reality

    Alexander Besher { epub } Mir: A Novel of Virtual Reality A friend trying to get me to read sci fi Well I read RIM first which was a bit better than this one It had a storyline and it vaguely made se

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    Alexander Besher { epub } Mir: A Novel of Virtual Reality Alexander Besher ï 6 REVIEW CHARACTERS Mir: A Novel of Virtual Reality Not as good as the first one but it was good weekend reading

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