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Virtual Death Paperback – August, 1995

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 293 pages
  • Publisher: HarperPrism (August 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061054305
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061054303
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 4.5 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #355,778 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Steve B. Mcknelly on October 8, 2005
Format: Paperback
An interesting story, to say the least. As others have mentioned, its a slow read from the start. Once it gains momentum, it's a pretty wild ride. I'd recommend it for a weekend read, for sure.

A prior poster (Mr. Tillman) mentioned seeing a picture of "her". Sadly, Mr. Tillman is incorrect. Shale Aaron is none other than Robert Boswell, a faculty member of New Mexico State University.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Peter D. Tillman VINE VOICE on January 27, 2005
Format: Paperback
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Lydia Melmoth is a Death Artist - she died 7 times before she was 18,
still the world record. Now retired, she's being pressured to die again -
by her Mom, who's raising money for the Banjos, a terrorist group that
assassinates gun-shop owners:

"For every 1 of them we get, we save 100 others. I can show you our
stats. A net saving of 99 lives."

"How do you figure this?"

"It's a complicated formula," Mother told us. "It has to do with both the
actual sales lost from having a dead salesperson, and the more
generalized slowdown that comes from people being reluctant to be
associated with guns."

"Plus we often get to take all the guns in the shop for our own use..."

"Let me give you the rest of our figures, Lyddie," Mother said. "Now,
each of our actions --"

"Assassinations..."

"Yes, dear, each costs us roughly $10,000. I know that sounds like a lot,
but think of all that goes into it - the travel, the surveillance, & you
wouldn't believe our overhead! Now each $10,000 action, we estimate,
saves 100 lives... Now, Lyddie, we believe that your event will earn us
at leat ten million dollars." She glanced at Blu Fen.

"Minimum," he said.

"That means you could be responsible for saving 100,000 lives..."

* * *

Blu Fen, Lydia's latest lover, secretly filmed the two making it as he
slipped her the death-drug, and then released the results as a wildly-
popular snuff-porn video, with all the profits going to him...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 19, 1998
Format: Paperback
"Virtual Death" starts slow, and it has some first-novel rough spots, but Aaron hits the mark more often than not. She kept me smiling.
Rating: "A". Recommended. PK Dick award nominee, 1996. I'm looking forward to her(?) next book.
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