Books about Virtual Reality

  1. Ready Player One

    by Ernest Cline
    A thrilling quest for an Easter egg in a virtual world, with the winner gaining unimaginable power.

    Librarian's note: An alternate cover edition can be found, here, IN THE YEAR 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he's jacked into the virtual ... (Goodreads)

  2. Halting State

    by Charles Stross
    A police officer investigates a daring heist in a virtual world, uncovering a criminal conspiracy.

    The plot opens with a faux email addressed to Nigel MacDonald, listing a job offer. It is later learned that this email is for a work-at-home programmer position at Hayek Associates PLC. It is then ... (Wikipedia)

  3. Mona Lisa Overdrive

    by William Gibson
    A thrilling adventure through a cyberpunk dystopia, unraveling a mysterious conspiracy.

    Taking place eight years after the events of, Count Zero, and fifteen years after, Neuromancer, , the story is formed from several interconnecting plot threads, and also features characters from ... (Wikipedia)

  4. Snow Crash

    by Neal Stephenson
    A hacker's quest in a futuristic America dealing with a mysterious computer virus.

    Hiro Protagonist is a hacker and pizza delivery driver for the Mafia. He meets Y.T. (short for Yours Truly), a young skateboard Kourier ( courier ) who refers to herself in the third person , during ... (Wikipedia)

  5. Neuromancer

    by William Gibson
    A hacker's journey through a dystopian cyberpunk world, searching for a way to survive.

    Henry Dorsett Case is a low-level hustler in the dystopian underworld of Chiba City , Japan. Once a talented computer hacker , Case was caught stealing from his employer. As punishment for his theft, ... (Wikipedia)

  6. Lock In

    by John Scalzi
    A sci-fi thriller involving a global pandemic and a world of augmented reality.

    The world is exposed to a highly contagious virus. Most who get sick experience nothing worse than flu -like symptoms. For 1%, the virus causes the victims to be fully awake, but unable to move or ... (Wikipedia)

  7. Rainbows End

    by Vernor Vinge
    A retired professor's adventure in a future society of enhanced technology.

    Thanks to advances in medical technology, Robert Gu is slowly recovering from Alzheimer's disease . As his faculties return, Robert (who has always been technophobic ) must adapt to a different ... (Wikipedia)

  8. We Are Legion

    by Dennis E. Taylor
    A retired businessman is uploaded into a computer, where he embarks on an intergalactic journey.

    Alternate Cover Edition can be found, here,. Bob Johansson has just sold his software company and is looking forward to a life of leisure. There are places to go, books to read, and movies to watch. ... (Goodreads)

  9. Surface Detail

    by Iain M. Banks
    A sci-fi space opera exploring the consequences of virtual immortality.

    It begins in the realm of the Real, where matter still matters. It begins with a murder. It will not end until the Culture has gone to war with death itself. Lededje Y'breq is one of the Intagliated, ... (Goodreads)

  10. The Reality Dysfunction

    by Peter F. Hamilton
    Epic sci-fi adventure through space and time, tackling questions of identity and reality.

    The Reality Dysfunction opens in the year 2581 with a war raging between two worlds, Omuta and Garissa, over three hundred and eighty seven mineral-rich asteroids known as the Dorados. The war ... (Wikipedia)

  11. Virtual Light

    by William Gibson
    Cyberpunk thriller, exploring the effects of technology on future societies.

    The plot centers around Chevette Washington, a young bicycle messenger who lives in the ad hoc , off-the-grid community that has grown on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge in the aftermath of a ... (Wikipedia)

  12. Warcross

    by Marie Lu
    A teenage hacker's thrilling journey in a virtual world with danger and excitement.

    18-year old Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter for a living, which entails capturing individuals who are suspected of betting on Warcross, the largest internet game in the world, in which players ... (Wikipedia)

  13. Erebos

    by Ursula Poznanski

    In einer Londoner Schule wird ein Computerspiel herumgereicht – Erebos. Wer es startet, kommt nicht mehr davon los. Dabei sind die Regeln äußerst streng: Jeder hat nur eine Chance. Er darf mit ... (Goodreads)

  14. The Eye of Minds

    by James Dashner
    A group of gamers must enter a virtual reality world to stop a rogue hacker from causing real-life harm.

    In the future, humankind has developed a new interpretation of gaming in the form of a virtual reality system known as the VirtNet, which contains various games, including "Lifeblood", a re-creation ... (Wikipedia)

  15. The Peripheral

    by William Gibson
    A journey to the future, exploring the possibilities of a post-apocalyptic world.

    The novel begins sometime in the near-future in a small town in rural America. Flynne Fisher works at a local 3D printing shop and lives with her mother and her brother Burton, who sustained brain ... (Wikipedia)

  16. Diaspora

    by Greg Egan
    A group of post-human beings, known as "polises," explore the universe and grapple with the meaning of existence.

    Diaspora begins with a description of "orphanogenesis", the birthing of a citizen without any ancestors (the majority of citizens descend from fleshers uploaded at some point), and the subsequent ... (Wikipedia)

  17. Armada

    by Ernest Cline
    A videogamer embarks on an epic journey to save the world from alien invaders.

    Zack Lightman has spent his life dreaming. Dreaming that the real world could be a little more like the countless science-fiction books, movies, and videogames he’s spent his life consuming. Dreaming ... (Goodreads)

  18. Idoru

    by William Gibson
    A thrilling cyberpunk adventure of a man searching for a mysterious virtual celebrity.

    In the post Tokyo/San Francisco earthquake world of the early 21st century, Colin Laney is referred to agents of mega-rock star Rez (of the musical group Lo/Rez) for a job using his peculiar talent ... (Wikipedia)

  19. Vurt

    by Jeff Noon
    In a dystopian Manchester, a group of friends use a hallucinogenic feather to enter a parallel world. But things quickly spiral out of control.

    Vurt tells the story of Scribble and his "gang", the Stash Riders, as they search for his missing sister Desdemona . The novel is set in an alternate version of Manchester , England, in which society ... (Wikipedia)

  20. Burning Chrome

    by William Gibson
    A collection of sci-fi stories, exploring a dystopian cyberpunk future.

    Ten tales, from the computer-enhanced hustlers of Johnny Mnemonic to the technofetishist blues of Burning Chrome . Johnny Mnemonic (1981) The Gernsback Continuum (1981) Fragments of a Hologram Rose ... (Goodreads)

  21. CyberStorm

    by Matthew Mather
    A catastrophic cyber attack hits New York City, leaving a family stranded and fighting for survival in a world without power or communication.

    The novel is set in current day New York City , New York . The main character is Mike Mitchel a successful businessman living in New York City married into a family of wealth and power. He lives with ... (Wikipedia)

  22. Permutation City

    by Greg Egan
    A mind-bending exploration of the nature of consciousness, identity, and reality in a world where digital immortality is possible.

    “Egan is determined to make sense of everything – to understand the whole world as an intelligible, rational, material (and finally manipulable) realm – even if it means abandoning comfortable and ... (Barnes & Noble)

  23. Seduction in Death

    by J.D. Robb
    Detective Eve Dallas investigates a double homicide linked to a mysterious virtual reality game.

    Dante had been courting his victim in cyberspace for weeks before meeting her in person. A few sips of wine and a few hours later, she was dead. The murder weapon: a rare, usually undetectable ... (Goodreads)

  24. Johnny Mnemonic

    by William Gibson
    A data courier with a cybernetic implant that allows him to store sensitive information in his brain becomes the target of dangerous forces.

    "Johnny Mnemonic" is a data trafficker who has undergone cybernetic surgery to have a data storage system implanted in his head. The system allows him to store digital data too sensitive to risk ... (Wikipedia)

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