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Simulacron 3 (French) Mass Market Paperback – January 4, 1999


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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: J'ai lu (January 4, 1999)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 2290007781
  • ISBN-13: 978-2290007785
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 4.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,219,394 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Richard R. Horton on June 14, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Daniel F. Galouye's _Simulacron-3_ gained some notoriety a few years ago when a movie was made based on it -- THE THIRTEENTH FLOOR. The sadly somewhat overlooked movie is quite good, and a fairly faithful adaptation of the book. I found it reminiscent of DARK CITY and (natch!) THE MATRIX.

The book opens with Doug Hall attending a party given by his boss, Walter Siskin. Hall has just been promoted to replace his dead friend and mentor at Reactions, Inc., which is developing a new simulation to evaluate consumer reactions. The simulation is populated by virtual people who are exposed to advertisements and such, their reactions analyzed. Siskin sinisterly wishes to use this simulation for political purposes -- he believes that he will be able to control the country if he can predict voter response to various approaches. Siskin is opposed by the Reaction Monitors group -- a seemingly ubiquitous group of pollsters, who will be put out of business by the new sim. Hall is made uneasy by Siskin's political ambitions, himself.

Then Hall starts to notice some strange things. His mentor's notes contained what appeared to be a cryptic message to him, which disappeared. He remembers some other colleagues that nobody else can recall in any way. A psychiatrist friend thinks he's mad. His mentor's beautiful daughter seems to run hot and cold with him -- and to be very concerned about his crazy ideas. And what about the time they drove out of the city and all of a sudden the road just stopped with nothing beyond?

It's no big surprise what's going on even without the references I've given to DARK CITY and THE MATRIX. Hall and all the people he knows are themselves virtual creations in a simulated world.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. Dayle on May 15, 2006
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A well-written tale from a period before there were home computers,... or even the concept of them. All computers then were research or military devices.

The tale is wound up, then released to wind its way through an unbelievably bizarre world, dragging the reader with it. The mind-bending 'twist' at the end may leave the reader briefly disoriented.

It is one of the really good computer-world stories from a time when this device was still a mystical mechanism.

Simulacron-3 is up there with the movie, "Colossus: The Forbin Project."
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Billy Pilgrim on April 20, 2004
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Very well done story with an intriguing concept . I read it as a child and it was made into the movie "The 13th Floor" a few years back
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By L Duree on October 18, 2009
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Good, longer than the movie, a little Atlas Shruggy, but I love it because I love the premise. GEM
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