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Tea from an empty cup by Pat Cadigan, 1998

Tea from an empty cup by Pat Cadigan, 1998

Reviewed by BookList: Cadigan's fourth novel plunges into the world of AR (artificial reality), whose visitors don "hotsuits" allowing them to sensually experience a trendy, alternative existence. Konstantin, a cop, enters AR to track down a killer, for someone or something is simultaneously killing AR avatars and, inexplicably, their flesh-and-blood counterparts. Although bringing a killer captured in AR to justice in the real world seems impossible, Konstantin, unschooled in the cyberspace culture, submerges herself in AR and discovers a lawless, frightening world. Meanwhile, in a parallel development, Yuki, another AR novice, enters it to track down her friend Tom, not knowing that he was one of the murder victims. It seems, however, that Tom has taken on another existence and now might inhabit the virtual Japan that replaced the real one, destroyed by earthquakes. Sound confusing? Despite its intriguing premise, the book is. Yet Cadigan has a way of making it believable, and fans of Alexander Besher's Mir or the movie Strange Days (1995) will enjoy Cadigan's take on cyberspace. ((Reviewed September 15, 1998)) -- Benjamin Segedin

Source of the review: NoveList Plus - http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=neh&tg=UI&an=018396&site=novp-live

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