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The Possible Future. Really enjoyed this book by Daniel Verastiqui. The future Verastiqui paints is one that feels not far from the realm of the possible. Of course this future world is still controlled by two super-corporations, but simulated human technology has begun to blur the lines between the artificial and the real. The book brings up fascinating ethical questions that could arise as machines become more and more like living beings. As the plot moves forward it becomes more and more apparent that at some point mankinds’ creations could begin to operate outside of the control of humans, and it’s a scary but interesting world to consider. I’ve read Verastiqui’s other books, and I really like how he ties the characters, corporations, and events to each other from book to book. One can easily begin to believe the the mega-corporations of tomorrow could easily look like Vinestead and Perion Synthetics.

Todd Pruner – Perion Synthetics

Cyberpunk and Virtual Reality Meets Snapchat My favorite thing about Xronixle was definitely the concept of the immersive virtual world and it’s ramifications on society. It was interesting to see Verastiqui’s early views of such a world and the toll it would take on those most involved with it. I can see a great number of parallels between the inhabitants of the virtual reality and the world of today’s smartphone-addicted citizens. While the plot and story were interesting albeit amateurish (definitely to be expected with a very early work like this); I definitely enjoyed the way the characters and the world were brought to life. I could see the imagery playing out as if it were a “birth of the internet” era cyber-thriller blockbuster a la “The Matrix” or “Johnny Mnumonic”. It brought back fond memory of the younger me’s interest in cyber-punk novels and my time playing Netrunner. I’m looking forward to starting the next one.

Jason Roy – Xronixle
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