coming january 2017
you are an obsession. you're my obsession.
who do you want me to be to make you sleep with me?
- Obsession, Animotion
Twenty years after the events of Perion Synthetics, the future of synthetic living has finally arrived, but so too has the threat of a global machine war. Told through two storylines set ten years apart, Por Vida showcases the events before and after The Machine War. It's got everything you would expect from a Verastiqui novel: synthetics, VR, AR, peer-to-peer MESH networks, meaningful relationships between two or more people that are defined by the technology that surrounds them, and a naked fight scene.
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The humans are dead. the humans are dead.
we used poisonous gasses, and we poisoned their asses.
- Robots, Flight of the Conchords
Welcome to Perion City, home to the largest beta test ever conceived. Though its roughly half a million residents all consider themselves human, nearly a third live with the knowledge that they were not born... they were manufactured.
Sava Kessler has spent almost a decade protecting the public image of Perion Synthetics, the world's leading manufacturer of artificially intelligent, synthetic humans. In that time, she has elevated CEO James Perion to the role of national savior, a tech titan with the moral and financial fortitude to protect the country from maligned conglomerate Vinestead International. But now the savior is dying, and there is no guarantee that the next ruler of Perion City will share James Perion's vision of a synthetic utopia.
To ensure the company's survival, Sava enlists a synthetic army to defend a vulnerable Perion Synthetics from corporate sabotage, media scrutiny, and insidious threats from all corners of the city.
Will the world learn the true nature of the coming synthetic revolution? Can Sava keep inquisitive aggregators from the three largest media houses in the country from revealing the company's darkest secrets... and several of her own?
send me an angel. send me an angel.
RIGHT NOW. RIGHT NOW.
- Send Me an Angel, Real Life
It was a bomb threat at the Vinestead West building in Sacramento that got senior programmer Rick Diaz the day off from work, but it was a woman he met on the train who made it the ultimate skip day.
Five years after the fall of the free Net, Vinestead International is on the verge of pushing through its controversial GA Bill, which will require all newborn and naturalized Americans to be implanted with the Guardian Angel biochip. With no X or Anela Zabora to carry the banner of freedom, who now will step up to challenge corporate tyranny?
Hey boy, take a look at me. Let me dirty up your mind.
I'll strip away your hard veneer And see what I can find.
- Queer, Garbage
In the city-state of Easton, an augmented reality known as Veneer has spread to every facet of daily life. It has replaced computers and televisions, books and paintings. Those who can control the veneer live in a constant state of redefinition, of the world and of themselves. Those who cannot are forced to stand by and watch the world change without them.
Deron Bishop wants to live in the augmented world, but reconciling the veneer has always been a challenge. Already resentful of the one thing he could never master, Deron doesn’t realize how much he needs the veneer until a violent run-in with a childhood rival robs him of his virtual sight.
Now able to see the world as it truly exists, Deron must choose to abandon Easton or fight his way back to the veneered fantasy of his previous life–a fight not everyone wants him to win.
I don't understand how a heart is a spade,
But somehow the vital connection is made.
- Connection, Elastica
When X discovers his long distance relationship with C is about to end, he copies her mind and loads her into a virtual avatar in the Net. But in his haste to preserve his high school sweetheart, X forgets to program the one feature he ends up needing most: how to turn her off.
Now it is up to Natalie and G to rescue their friend from the farthest reaches of the Net. Along the way, they must battle a cipher who cannot be killed, a virus that cannot be stopped, and a global conglomerate that will do anything to seize control of the precious Net.