Science Fiction – Virtual Realities, Viruses and Computer Hacking

Ready player one : a novel / Ernest Cline
Immersing himself in a mid-twenty-first-century technological virtual utopia to escape an ugly real world of famine, poverty, and disease, Wade Watts joins an increasingly violent effort to solve a series of puzzles by the virtual world’s creator.

Snow crash / Neal Stephenson
In twenty-first-century America, a teenaged computer hacker finds himself fighting a computer virus that battles virtual reality technology and a deadly drug that turns humans into zombies.

Neuromancer / William Gibson
Case had been the sharpest data-thief in the business, until vengeful former employees crippled his nervous system. But now a new and very mysterious employer recruits him for a last-chance run. The target: an unthinkably powerful artificial intelligence orbiting Earth in service of the sinister Tessier-Ashpool business clan. With a dead man riding shotgun and Molly, mirror-eyed street-samurai, to watch his back, Case embarks on an adventure that ups the ante on an entire genre of fiction.

Altered carbon / Richard K. Morgan
In a twenty-fifth-century world in which death is nearly obsolete, thanks to a technology that allows a person’s consciousness to be downloaded into a new body, former U.N. envoy Takeshi Kovacs, re-sleeved into a new body after a brutal death, finds himself caught in the middle of a deadly far-reaching conspiracy that could have horrifying repercussions

Cryptonomicon / Neal Stephenson
An American computer hacker operating in Southeast Asia attempts to break a World War II cypher to find the location of a missing shipment of gold. The gold was stolen by the Japanese during the war. By the author of The Diamond Age.

Reamde / Neal Stephenson
When his own high-tech start up turns into a Fortune 500 computer gaming group, Richard Forthrast, the black sheep of an Iowa family who has amassed an illegal fortune, finds the line between fantasy and reality becoming blurred when a virtual war for dominance is triggered.

City of golden shadow / Tad Williams
Young people are having their minds stolen in cyberspace, part of a crooked scheme to create a new virtual reality. A black South African teacher and her brother try to save the children.

Daemon : a novel / Daniel Suarez
After the premature death of Matthew Sobol, a legendary computer game designer, a daemon that he designed to dismantle society and bring about a new world order is activiated and it’s up to an unlikely alliance to decipher Sobol’s intricate plans and wrest the world from the grasp of his computer program.

List created 4/12/15 – James Hartmann

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