By Larry Niven, Steven Barnes
The Barsoom Project is the direct sequel to 1981's Dream Park. Eviane's first stopover at to the-state-of-art entertainment area Dream Park resulted in catastrophe: the lighting tricks had appeared extra actual than life... till the holograms she used to be taking pictures with stay ammunition grew to become out to be sturdy flesh and blood... and extremely, very dead.
Haunted through the previous, rebounding from a long spell in a psychological health center, she has back to Dream Park to exorcise a nightmare that has turn into fact. yet in Dream Park, not anything is what it kind of feels. The Inuit mythology controlling the pictures is a part of a "Fat Ripper designated" designed to implant new behavioral memes. The avid gamers are suffering opposed to the sport grasp, each other, and their very own demons. and there's a killer who desires to verify Eviane by no means regains her memory...noo topic what it costs.
Blending jointly demanding technological know-how fiction with topical RPG-like myth video games, The Barsoom Project is SF on the innovative and a vintage construction from of the genre's so much cherished writers.
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