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Death Dream

3.17  ·  Rating Details ·  180 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
It's the ultimate adult playground. Cyber World  will use the latest technology in computer produced  virtual reality to provide thrills and chills  beyond any ever experienced at a theme park. Here  children of all ages will live out their wildest  fantasies: fly jet fighters in combat, take part in a  gunfight in the OK Corral, play in the World  Series, or take a walk o ...more
Paperback, 576 pages
Published August 1st 1995 by Bantam (first published March 1994)
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Benjamin
Mar 09, 2017 Benjamin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book is about virtual reality. The protagonist, Dan Santorini is hired to work at a company called parareality. At Dan's old job, the Air Force base, someone dies while using the simulation he designed. Another strange occurance in the virtual reality technology is that Dan's daughter keeps seeing his boss, Kyle Muncrief, in the simulations. Dan is troubled by the death in his simulation and also being told that he was only hired at parareality to make his old coworker, Jace, happy. His old ...more
John Loyd
Oct 23, 2016 John Loyd rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Virtual reality techology in integral to this story that moves along at a good pace ramping up to a thrilling conclusion.

Kyle Muncrief is the owner of ParaReality a company working on a VR project to rival, really surpass, disney world and the like. His top design man is Jace Lowrey, who he lured away from the Air Force a year ago. Now he has hired Jace's hardware man, Dan Santorini. Dan and family have moved from Dayton, Ohio and the Wright-Patterson AF base to Florida and ParaReality.

Kyle is
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Joe Martin
This book is horrifying from the very beginning, in the exact same sense that Lost Boys is horrifying. You know something bad will happen to a child and you, as a reader, are powerless to prevent it. You can only watch with mounting dread as events move closer and closer to their appointed end.

Also, it involved Virtual Reality, which is always cool.

The technology was a bit dated. Bova apparently made some guesses about the future and got some right and some wrong. But that was easy enough to ove
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Scott Holstad
Apr 24, 2014 Scott Holstad rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: didn-t-finish
This book is creepy. Just creepy. At its core is the subject of pedophilia. That's right. The very famous Ben Bova wrote a book in which one of the characters is actively trying to get to -- sexually -- one of his employees' 12 year old daughter. It's hidden in a virtual reality world. No, not hidden. It's out in the open. Frankly, I got halfway through the book before stopping because it IS interesting, but ultimately I was too grossed out to continue. Oh, and incest. Nice, huh? Definitely not ...more
Anuradha Mahasinghe
Bova explores some subtleties in the region in between the physical and emotional cognitive domains. Wrapped by a nice story, he addresses the fundamental problems in theorising and formulating the human mind, and how the physical senses could be manipulated. If not some unnecessary and lengthy explanations and dramatisations, this could have been a masterpiece. Also the make of a pedophile fantasising his teenage sister is too rhetoric for a science fiction. By the way, as he always does, Bova ...more
Fred Hughes
Jan 03, 2017 Fred Hughes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another GREAT story from a GREAT Author. Ben Bova spins tales with the best of them.

In this story we see an eccentric genius take virtual reality too far and his friend is called in to determine what went wrong when a flight simulation kills a pilot.

Soon we are deep into the mind of the genius and what he has planned does not look good.

Thrilling conclusion of this "Westworld" type environment, without the androids, just your mind.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Author, and book
Alex
Jan 11, 2017 Alex rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a decent book but I felt it went on a bit long. I enjoyed the story and the writing style. It's a title that's been sitting on my shelf for since I bought it back in 1995. Despite the technology being dated, it was an enjoyable story. I would read more by this author.

The funny thing is, I could have sworn I had read other stories by this author. I didn't realize I'd been staring at his name for years, thanks to Analog. :D
Matt
Mar 01, 2009 Matt rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
This is a story about a computer programmer who gets employed by a virtual reality software company, only to find that one of the executives is using the virtual reality device to ensnare his under-aged daughter for unspeakable acts.

A novella stretched out to novel length. Kind of disturbing and unfortunately in the realm of possibility.
Maggie
Feb 29, 2012 Maggie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
A break away from the usual Bova planetary tales of which I've grown very tired. This story revolves around the world of virtual reality. Lots of intrigue and dirty dealing within the managing company, involving the government and a pedophile. Flat characters, story dragged a bit in the middle. However the final 50 pages were pathetic, and the final final 15 were ridiculous.
Maddalenah
Sep 25, 2009 Maddalenah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi, american
L'avevo letto più di una volta tantissimo tempo fa, e ne conservavo un bellissimo ricordo.
Purtroppo questa rilettura in lingua originale mi ha parecchio deluso; la storia rimane molto interessante, ma purtroppo lo stile è... non so bene come definirlo, forse più da libro d'azione che di fantascienza, insomma, ed è un peccato.
Jenine
Mar 25, 2016 Jenine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, sci-fi
On one hand this was a very imaginative book, and I enjoyed the sci fi/mystery aspect of it.
On the other, I found the "one guy is obsessed with his cold mother" and another guy is "in love with his sister because they were abused" so tired.
Orange
Oct 01, 2015 Orange rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
wow, what a skewed view of VR! still, not bad.
Chad Parker
Ben Bova is usually fantastic. I found this one to be predictable with simplistic and two dimensional characters.
Micky Parise
Dec 31, 2014 Micky Parise rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book, excellent writing, characters and story. One of the better books I read in 2014. Recommend highly.
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Ben Bova was born on November 8, 1932 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 1953, while attending Temple University, he married Rosa Cucinotta, they had a son and a daughter. He would later divorce Rosa in 1974. In that same year he married Barbara Berson Rose.

Bova is an avid fencer and organized Avco Everett's fencing club. He is an environmentalist, but rejects Luddism.

Bova was a technical writer fo
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