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2XS by Nigel Findley
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Nov 23, 2007

really liked it
bookshelves: sci-fi
Recommended for: Shadowrun Fans

God rest Nigel Findley's soul. He was the best Shadowrun author of the lot.

The details of the book are hazy at this point (this is a popcorn read from early high school) but I remember that it dealt with the digital drug trade of the Shadowrun world. Most wireheads in Seattle are fine with an illegal kind of simstim chip called BTL: Better Than Life. With BTL chips, your brain can experience any of a vast array of sensory input. Depending on the recording, you can experience emotional highs from everything from skydiving to torrid sexual fantasy. Sure, it's addictive, but the rush draws in Beetles (the slang word for both the chips themselves and their junkie users) all the same.

However, now there's something new on the street: 2XS. Not only do you feel the rush of the stim recording, but the programming is amplified beyond the normal experience, making it three times the rush and even more addictive than ever, and that's a problem. Chipheads and wirefreaks are ending up dead in the gutters, their forebrains turned into mashed potatoes. It seems that someone (or something) is looking to distribute 2XS aggressively. After all, brain dead hosts make wonderful shells for insect spirits - the ubiquitous foe of the Shadowrun continuum.

This was one of the better of the Shadowrun pulp novels Fasa released in the nineties. I reccomend it for any classic Shadowrun fan.
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