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It is the year 2036 and the art of epidermal programming is all the rage among the fringe dwellers of the hacker underworld. Sentient tattoos can travel on-line, perform tasks for their owners in Omnispace - and even be transferred from body to body in forbidden techno-pagan love rituals. But these tattoos are also fraught with bio-software bugs that can wreak havoc not only on the user but also on the entire Net. One such virus, code-named Mir, is at the centre of a race between international terrorist and government agencies when its inventor is blackmailed and the handover goes disastrously wrong. Mir is free, and it is left to Trevor Gobi, son of the VR private investigator and hero of RIM, Frank Gobi, to regain control of the virus. Mir, however, has plans of its own.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781857235319
ISBN-10: 1857235312
Format: Paperback
(216mm x 135mm x mm)
Pages: 320
Imprint: Orbit
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publish Date: 15-Jan-1998
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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US Kirkus Review » A quasi-sequel to Besher's flavorsome cyber-reality Rim (1994), with a somewhat different backdrop but some of the characters in common. Year 2036: The German Fourth Reich's ReichsNet has recently gobbled up PolskayaNet; and in Russia under Tsar Nicholas III, spook/scientist Count Viktor Trobolsky has developed the mind-controlling Mir virus, which processes consciousness as programmable software. The Count comes to Paris to betray his Tsar and sell the virus, but there are so many sinister shadows - agents, terrorists, gangsters - slinking about that the exchange goes wrong. Viktor is assassinated but Mir escapes, bonding to a sentient tattoo sported by American Nelly Anderson, girlfriend of Trevor Gobi (son of Frank, the previous book's hero). Appalled, Trevor and Nelly flee back to the US, all the while pursued by Russian mafiya operative Boris and a whole bunch of the sentient tattoos - artificial intelligences, they can operate in reality or VR and can even leave the body they're attached to - who've formed a conspiracy. Later, Nelly and Trevor break up, but the Mir virus develops a symbiosis with the tattoo, and. . . . Well, here believability plummets as complications redouble. The upshot is that Mir is actually an extraterrestrial, re-creating the Earth as VR on behalf of its alien designers. Like Rim, snappy, waggish, and ingenious - at first. But with little structure or plot, it subsides into mere VR froth. (Kirkus Reviews)


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Author Biography - Alexander Besher

Alexander Besher was born in China to White Russian parents and raised in Japan. Based in San Francisco, he has worked as editor in chief of the Chicago Review, and contributing editor for Infoworld magazine, as well as consulting futurist in corporate scenario planning.

Books By Author Alexander Besher

RIM by Alexander Besher

RIM

Paperback, January 1998
$17.99