Patty Pond is a brassy Seattle Roller Derby star, banned from the sport, in rehab and on probation after a fatal accident on the track. She gets a second chance to reboot her life as a masseuse, but she is soon on the run, after she falls in love with Cloud 9.0, the nanotech cyborg she is hired to massage—and instead breaks out of the secret lab that created him.
The Infinity Brain Institute lab used illegal nanotechnology to create ‘Nine’ from the body of a brain-dead veteran. Nine was never supposed to rise from the dead. He was supposed to be an organic interface to the Cloud, and an AI augmentation and body for John Smith, the third richest man on earth and the dying CEO of Infinity Corp.
However, Nine awakes a cyborg messiah –and he can see far beyond the Cloud. He is enlightened. He is a Singularity. And he is contagious.
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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