Cloud Nine is the story of Patty Pond, a disgraced Seattle Roller Derby star in rehab, who falls in love with Cloud Nine—the nanotech cyborg she is hired to massage. Instead, Patty breaks him out of the lab, which created him as a host for a dying software titan.
You may have heard that the titans of technology are pumping their fortunes into research to extend life and to defeat death, using quantum leaps in biology, Artificial Intelligence, nanotechnology and cybernetics. They are seeking ‘the Singularity.’ That is the point at which all these cool advances are applied to the human being—and poof! We are suddenly something more than human. Even the likes of Forbes Magazine is predicting that we are at the verge of this long awaited, technological second coming of humanity.
Holotar: Last Queen of the White Shamans
Walter Winkler is a Seattle street kid who can Google Minds. Not that he can help it. Who wants to know what people are really thinking?
His shelter shrink dismisses Mind Googling as mere schizophrenia and worse, intends to ‘cure him” if he keeps having “delusions” of getting sucked into other people’s heads. Nicknamed 'Pinball,' Walter has a gift for seeing inside games, too. He doesn’t play by the rules. He plays with the code. Avoids the monsters. Always beats the game.
Then Walter is lured into testing “Holotar: Last Queen of the White Shamans,” a new kind of holographic fantasy game designed by a mad Russian. Walter is beguiled into promising the ‘Last Queen’ that he will rescue her child being held captive in Siberia. He also discovers that the game has been hacked by a very real monster, an ancient psychopath unleashed into the new world of games and social networks, who is preying on young gamers – like him.
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