Amusement Park Rides via Telepresence in an Insect Microcosm,
By A Customer
This review is from: Bug Park (Mass Market Paperback)
In one episode of Charles Scheffield's out-of-print THE NIMROD HUNT, micro-miniaturized man-shaped mechanoids battle warrior ants while the sensoria of their human controllers become immersed in the attack on the hive via telepresence: the actual reality provided by the mechanoids' super-sophisticated sensors.
In BUG PARK, James P. Hogan similarly develops another excellent novel around the idea of using telepresence to create a new type of amusement park ride: people battle actual insects in their own miniature world while, in effect, putting their controlling 'consciousness' inside tiny bug-sized, man-shaped "mecs".
Hogan uses DNC, direct neural coupling, a technology yet to be invented, to pull this off. DNC shuts down our normal senses and replaces them with sensory input from the mecs. DNC also allows Eric Heber, one of the young protagonists, to control the movements of "Taki," one of his mecs as if its limbs were his own limbs. The neurology of DNC is explained and extrapolated quite a bit, but I would have preferred even more. (I have been an avid reader of James P. Hogan's works since his first novel, the classic INHERIT THE STARS. The more science he puts into his novels the better!)
In BUG PARK, however, the S&T (science and technology) are as fully explained as most people would ever want it to be. My own tastes should not rule you in this case.
Most readers will love the rapid, breath-taking pace of BUG PARK. Indeed, I can easily see how this novel could become a major blockbuster motion picture with its exciting mix of cutting-ege technology, kids in peril and corporate corruption. (Are you listening DISNEY Corp.?)
Buy and Enjoy!