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Presence Paperback – September 26, 2016
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"An electrifying ride through the future of virtual reality, Presence is a technothriller that will keep you turning pages long past your bedtime."
- Eliot Peper, author of Cumulus and Neon Fever Dream
"Presence is an exploration of VR and virtual experiences and promises thrills, excitement, and plenty of virtual weirdery."
"Richard's first sci-fi book is dynamite. I'm very hopeful that his phrase invirt will catch on forin virtual reality."
- Brad Feld, VC at Foundry Group and co-founder of Techstars
"As The Medical Futurist with a PhD in genomics, I'm always looking for science fiction that extrapolates current technologies in a super smart way. Presence does this by imagining what a Facebook in the year 2051 would be like."
Bertalan Mesko, The Medical Futurist and science fiction fanatic
"His years as a tech journalist seem to have given him the ability to introduce us to an incredibly believable world in Presence."
- Zach Beauvais, Head of Content and Communities at Zengenti
From the Author
Presence is a novel about the future of Virtual Reality. At the time I began the project, in early 2015, VR was poised for a breakthrough. Sure enough, in 2016 three major new VR headsets came onto the market: Facebook's Oculus Rift, the HTC Vive, and Sony's Playstation VR. However, we're yet to see an equivalent breakthrough in software. That's why I turned to fiction to explore the future of this amazing technology.
I've looked well beyond the present day in Presence, which is set thirty-five years into the future. In my novel, I imagine what the Facebook of 2051 will look like. My guess is that we'll be doing a lot of our social and business networking inside virtual worlds by then.
"Presence is the magic of virtual reality. It's the feeling that you are truly someplace else." Palmer Luckey, inventor of the Oculus Rift, said that. In my novel, I set out to explore what our world will be like when true presence has been attained.
Other themes include:
- What will VR do to our identities, when we can seamlessly jump between the physical and virtual worlds?
- Will VR and other emerging technologies, such as drones, create a society where privacy is non-existent?
- If you think the current generation spends too much time online, what will happen to us when we're always invirt? (a term I coined for this book).
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Top customer reviews
If you're looking for a book that completely reshapes the way you think about virtual reality, this probably isn't for you. It does a great job of weaving a believable VR world while exploring the ways VR changes identity and security bundled into a classic thriller.
The book has a focus on upcoming changings happening to the world with Virtual and Augmented reality. Given the fact I think about this space, I was delighted the author was able to give me new original ideas about possible situations for these new technologies. The story keeps you wanting to read more to discover what is going to happen next.
However I did not expect the story to be as good as it was, and was captured by the characters. More please.
I recommend to read it if your a geek, or if you enjoyed "Ready Player One".