Doctor Orval Kwibee is faced with military encroachment upon his governmentally backed virtual flight simulator enhancement project. He devises a plan to salvage his career by using a special... More > presentation to stave off a very insistent Colonel Hereford.
Kwibee offers a briefing that largely escapes the Colonel, owing to the latter’s lack of technical prowess, and follows the briefing with a live demonstration. Here, the Colonel comes to realize that one of the many enhancements includes the vast alteration in one’s perception of time while inside the virtual modifications. Another point of interest is the program’s ability to reshape the memories and identities of the subject or subjects in any way that the program determines, so as to achieve its objectives.< Less
Sarah Hoffman is introduced to the civilian, somewhat nerdish computer scientist, Doctor Orval B. Kwibee, who has been disavowed by his military employers following the accident that led not only to... More > Sarah’s husband’s and brother’s having entered a catatonic state, but also to the similar entrapment of a quarter-million other role-players, who, the Doctor predicts, will remain trapped until the IBOT program is allowed to complete whatever mysterious internal objectives it has set for itself. Sarah reluctantly accepts Kwibee’s seemingly ridiculous account. Even more reluctantly, she volunteers to participate by making an unauthorized entry into the now militarily controlled project.< Less
Now forced to cooperate in the retrieval of a government agent who was lost when sent into the program, Sarah Hoffman finds herself returning to Nirayel in much the same fashion as she did in her... More > first experience. Other than increased general duress, the differences include the location of entry, the lab, and several rather unpleasant agents who will stand watch over her body while she’s away.< Less
The qualities that make up heroes and villains are never quite politically universal. To the average Capitan of industry, anyone who threatens his or her foundation of heroic financial security... More > probably doesn’t fall within the category of benevolent protagonist. On the other hand, some people have managed to boil the concept of evil antagonist down to anyone who believes that ketchup packets are a major food group on the lunch menu for underprivileged school children.< Less