Monday, February 14, 2011

Introducung Cyberdrome: The Science Fiction Thriller by Joseph Rhea and David Rhea

A disturbing glimpse into a digital future, not far from now.

Mathew Grey is a brilliant scientist who accidentally unleashed a man-made plague that ravaged America’s heartland, and now threatens the rest of the planet. Riddled with guilt and running out of time, he decides to use a dangerous technology to enter a computer-generated reality called Cyberdrome, hoping to unravel a mystery that could be the key to Earth’s survival.

Alek Grey was an athlete whose career was cut short by a near-fatal accident. Now he is a software hacker with the unique ability to outsmart the best Artificial Intelligence programs of his day. When he is called in after one of his programs inadvertently attacks Cyberdrome, he is shocked to learn that both his father and ex-fiancĂ©e have become trapped inside the simulation, unable to be removed without risk of death. 

Alek knows of only one way to rescue the people he loves, but will he risk all of humanity to save them?

As you can probably tell by the cover, Cyberdrome is similar to the movie "Tron" and "Tron:Legacy" in that much of the story takes place inside a computer-generated virtual reality. However, it also shares similarities with other, more current, movies like "Avatar" where the disabled hero finds freedom in an alternate body (avatar), and "Inception" where there is the real fear of becoming trapped inside this alternate reality and even living whole lifetimes in within a few minutes of "real" time.

Beyond those, however, Cyberdrome distinguishes itself by dealing with cutting-edge topics like the Technological Singularity, DNA-based computer systems, and using nanotechnology inside a person's brain. The story takes place around 30 years from now and all technology is based on extrapolation of current research.

If this sounds like something you might like, then by all means, buy the book. If not, then just walk on by, and thanks for looking.