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Titre : THE FORTUNATE FALL
Éditeur : Tor ., New York
Date d'édition : 1996
Reliure : Hardcover
Etat de la jaquette : Dust Jacket Included
Edition : 1st Edition
Octavo, boards. First edition. "THE FORTUNATE FALL (1996), which -- though its basic premise derives from D. G. Compton's THE CONTINUOUS KATHERINE MORTENHOE (1974; rev vt THE UNSLEEPING EYE 1974; vt DEATH WATCH 1981) -- intensely presents a cyberpunk world two centuries hence; the female protagonist, a news reporter with a computer-driven camera wired into her sensorium, finds herself deeply involved in an ancient conspiracy involving zombie Russian soldiers and mean streets. The world she inhabits is described with color and verve." - John Clute and David R. Langford, SFE (online). "Carter's brio and inventive spin on all the cyber tropes apparently exhausted in the 1980s and early 1990s is fun, speedy, if never quite as wrenchingly moving as the writer clearly wishes it to be . But the artificial life speculations are exactly right in their quicksilver detail: species and genera and entire phyla of viruses and grander alife creatures that prey on each other in grayspace, the realm of virtual reality." - Broderick and Di Filippo, Science Fiction: The 101 Best Novels, 1985-2010 #45. The author's first novel. A John W. Campbell Award nominee for best new writer. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1986-2009. A fine copy in fine dust jacket. (#145258). N° de réf. du libraire 145258
Synopsis : Maya Andreyevna has a virtual reality camera planted in her head that allows millions of people to see, feel, and hear what she sees, feels, and hears as she investigates the coverup of a massacre in a futuristic Russian society.
Critique: In 23rd-century Russia, where the "Net" is at once a source of freedom and a means of control, Maya Andreyeva is the perfect reporter. The chips hardwired into her brain allow her to detail not only what she sees but what she hears, tastes, smells, and feels, all in resonant virtual reality. When clues turn up pointing to a massacre and a cover-up, Maya, the ultimate journalist, is compelled find the truth. Along the way she discovers answers not only to the puzzle she has set out to solve, but to secrets about her own life. At the same time, author Raphael Carter provides a compelling and chilling story that also raises serious questions about such issues as homophobia and censorship.
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