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  • 03/2022
  • 9780957819931 B09WB26BBP
  • 296 pages
  • $1.75
Matt Watters
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Dream Phaze - Imagination
Matt Watters, author

Adult; Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror; (Market)

Book 2 in the continuing award-winning Dream Phaze series. Introduction by Dr Keith Hearne (father of lucid dream research). "With great prescience, author Matt Watters has figured out the issues that will occur with mass public involvement in dreaming (of all things!) in the not-too-distant future. I salute Matt Watters' insightful revelations of times to come." The ultimate uncharted frontier is the human mind. Dream Phaze - Imagination explores these extreme boundaries through engineered dreams as mainstream entertainment. We all dream…but what are the psychological consequences of creating an immersive environment indistinguishable from reality where everything is possible? Dream Phaze has been characterised as Black Mirror meets Westworld.
Reviews
In the gripping second installment of Watters’s virtual reality-exploring Dream Phaze series, Dr. Saxon Zynn and his wife Margo are back with new complications, as their advanced technology known as Dream Immersion (DI) is twisted for devious purposes. After a DI rape leaves a woman traumatized and experiencing PTSD, Saxon and Margo discover a dangerous pattern forming in their software. They’ll have to work together to find the culprit before more violence upsets their dream reality–but the company is threatened when they may be forced to reveal user identities in order to stop the brutality.

As in the first book in the series, Dream Phaze: Germination, Watters takes readers on lavish virtual reality adventures in the DI world, where users can set up luxurious virtual homes and businesses in an experience called Joyville or participate in (or bet on) organized DI sporting events like the World Obelisk League and Exoskeletal Combat. Of course, the endless possibilities bring with them a dark side. The DI rape occurs during what’s deemed a “white experience,” meant to be the safest of DI events, and Watters’s plot quickly pits issues user privacy against victim safety. Alongside the security issues compromising the program, Saxon and Margo struggle with her father’s failing health and outside pressure to buy large amounts of company shares.

Return readers will note this recent installment leaves behind some likable characters as Saxon and his wife have now become shrewd business people hell-bent on preserving their wealth–a choice that exposes how money can corrupt, particularly when the couple minimizes the assault while debating its possible impact on their privacy clause. Watters includes a glossary of technical terms, as well as a chart illustrating how the virtual experiences are set up. Sci-fi fans fond of virtual reality will be fascinated by both the technology and the issues it raises.

Takeaway: A virtual reality immersion program is threatened by unexpected violence in this intriguing thriller.

Great for fans of: D. Rus’s AlterWorld Vivian Vande Velde’s Heir Apparent.

Production grades
Cover: A
Design and typography: A
Illustrations: A
Editing: A-
Marketing copy: A-

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Ebook Details
  • 03/2022
  • 9780957819931 B09WB26BBP
  • 296 pages
  • $1.75

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