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PsyBot: A Novel of Virtual Reality Paperback – May 15, 2014
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The stream-of-consciousness writing style takes some getting used to. Our protagonist journeys on ships of high-masted prose... A compelling look at the nature of reality, an interesting mystery and a warning about the possible misuses and consequences, intended or not, of future VR. -Joe Dacy II, Kindle Book Reviews
The author fills the pages with lyrical descriptions, and I especially liked his turns of phrase ('full of warm October air so foul you could spit it out'), and details of the world (such as Norton's screensaver of a giant blinking eye staring at him). The book reminded me of a philosophical version of Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson. A fascinating dive into the psyche of a mind struggling with reality. - Emma Shelford, author of The Breenan series
About the Author
Nowick played in BASIC on some of the first time-sharing computers, in the late '60s. By the early '90s he was wiring his laptop for a 12-volt power supply in the bush, and foraging in realms of UFO abductions, mind-control conspiracies, and cyberpunk. His alter ego, Joe Norton, reports from the psychic trenches of that heady era of tech takeoff.
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The story had every element a good story should have. An exciting plot, attention to detail, but best of all fleshed out, well-written and well-rounded character development. There’s an abundance of well illustrated scenes that really make you feel like you are right there in the story, and that's something I really look for in a good book. ‘It’s both gritty and poetic, about virtual reality and the consequences of choice. Blending psychological suspense and magic realism with sci-fi themes of alternate timelines, artificial intelligence, mind control, corporate conspiracy, and astral projection, this noir nod to cyberpunk traces the quest of protagonist, Joe Norton, for survival, sanity, and love.’
This captivating and commendable work had me immersed from the beginning. The story flows from scene to scene with ease (for the most part), and the author shows exceptional skill when it comes to storytelling. There are twists and turns in this page turner that will take the reader on a gripping journey!
It’s one of those stories that come along once in awhile that makes you want to read it non-stop until you get to the end. I’m giving nothing further away here. And this, I hope, will only add to the mystery and enjoyment for the reader!
Author Nowick Gray writes in a variety of genres, teasing the dynamics of choice among multiple realities: romantic relationships, plot endings, murder suspects, virtual worlds, alternate timelines, narrative loops, and stylistic colorings.
His mystery of the Canadian Arctic, Hunter's Daughter, was published in 2015 by Five Rivers. Other books include Rendezvous, an wilderness adventure tale with a paranormal twist; PsyBot, a novel of virtual reality and My Country: Essays and Stories from the Edge of Wilderness. Since 1976 Nowick's short fiction and nonfiction has appeared in a wide variety of periodicals and anthologies, in print and online.
Educated at Dartmouth College and the University of Victoria, he taught in Inuit villages in the Arctic before carving out a homestead in the British Columbia Mountains. In more recent years he calls Victoria home, while wintering in tropical locations.
I’ll certainly be looking forward to reading more from Nowick Gray in the future! I would definitely recommend this book! Five stars from me.