New Year's Eve

New Year's Eve

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Author: Douglas Smith
Length: 55 page(s)
Language: English
Written: Oct 2011
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Category: Fiction & Literature » Science Fiction  |  Work: Erzählung
Keywords: award finalist, computers, science fiction, technology, time travel, virtual reality

What happens when virtual reality becomes a little too real?

Aurora Award Finalist.

The year is 1999. The world awaits a new millennium with a mixture of anticipation and dread. The fear stems from the much-hyped Y2K computer problem, the so-called millennium bug, which could cause uncorrected programs to fail all over the world.

PCWare is the world’s largest software company. John Dunne is team leader for the company’s newest operating system, the first with a virtual reality user interface, complete with virtual human agents. But on Millennium Eve, John has problems. A Y2K bug has been discovered in the software…and John’s virtual girlfriend has become far too real.

Note: includes an afterword by the author and excerpts from many of his other stories

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"The story deals with the Y2k bug, and although that might seem dated now, the story is not, since its ideas continue to be relevant today." —Bibliopolis


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About the Author

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Douglas Smith is an award-winning Canadian author whose work has appeared in thirty countries and twenty-five languages. His fiction includes the urban fantasy novel, The Wolf at the End of the World, and the collections Chimerascope, Impossibilia, and La Danse des Esprits. His non-fiction guide for writers, Playing the Short Game: How to Market & Sell Short Fiction, has just been released.

Doug is a three-time winner of Canada's Aurora Award, and has been a finalist for the John W. Campbell Award, CBC's Bookies Award, Canada's juried Sunburst Award, and France's juried Prix Masterton and Prix Bob Morane. A short film based on Doug's story "By Her Hand, She Draws You Down" won several awards when it toured film festivals around the world.

His website is www.smithwriter.com and he tweets at twitter.com/smithwritr

"One of Canada's most original writers of speculative fiction." — Library Journal

"His stories are a treasure trove of riches that will touch your heart while making you think." — Robert J. Sawyer, award-winning author

"A great storyteller with a gifted and individual voice." — Charles de Lint, award-winning author

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