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Reconfigure Paperback – October 23, 2015
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About the Author
Epredator / Ian Hughes is a metaverse evangelist. He has worked in unusual and emerging technologies in both a corporate setting and out in startup land. He specialises in using game technology, such as virtual worlds to help people communicate and understand concepts. Being a techie, and working across many mediums he has used social media since before it was as social as it is now. Blogging and sharing ideas is a core part of who he is. Science Fiction is a natural genre and his first book was spawned from using and developing software for virtual environments. He was resident super geek on a UK TV show called The Cool Stuff Collective for 39 episodes from 2011-2011. He was able to share his enthusiasm for new technology with the next generation, as well as working alongside a monkey, a cave girl and a host of other characters. In the third series he got to relive his own saturday morning childhood TV memories by flinging custard pies at people too. His epredator handle is common across most games and platforms. It is part of his online persona, but heavily integrated with his real life one. Things may be digital but they are still real. He used to use just Predator because he was good at instinctively hunting down bugs. However, then the 20th Century Fox movie and characters appeared and it became a much more common name and handle. The Yautja offering an honourable and strong character to identify with too. In the late 90's everything was getting e put on the front of it, ebusiness, ecommerce. So in part a joke he added the e. It stuck. Epredator became a well known handle through the rise of virtual worlds such as Second Life in 2006-2009. By sharing his ideas with colleagues he became known as a metaverse evangelist. Travelling the world explaining why you don't need to travel the world when you can meet in a virtual world full of expression and fun. He is not all digital though, he is a Head Instructor in the self defence martial art Choi Kwang Do. His wife and two children (the latter are both now black belts too) all practice the art.
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Ian Hughes is a man who has been into virtual reality and cyber worlds for quite a long time, having a quite well known name in the Second Life community as Epredator. His experience and research in the tech field are perfectly reflected in the writing of Reconfigure. Everything that happens in the story, except for the obvious sci-fi elements, is posible either right now with today's technology, or will be in a very near future, and being a techie, that fact delights me.
We follow the adventures of Roisin, a programmer who by some fortunate (or not) coincidences, accidentally finds herself able to use her tech knowledge to modify the real world as if it was a computer program like the ones she has been working with all her life. What she did not know and would find out soon is that there are hidden powers in this world who are more than interested in what she just discovered. She will find herself involved in a war she has to fight by herself.
Fast paced and with a cinematic flow, Reconfigure had my attention 100% of the time, I just wanted to finish the current page so I could find out what happened in the next, and before I knew I had finished the book. Good thing there is already a second part out!
If you like cyberpunk, or sci-fi in general, I would blindly recommend this book. If you don't, I still think you should give it a chance because it's just that good.
It gives a taste of what life might be in the future with the advances in technology. But as long as there is the human ego there still will be scrimmages for power. And here we see brilliant Roisin always keeping a step ahead of those threatening powers. The author - Epredator, clearly knows his way around the world of computers, internet and advance technologies which is shown clearly in Reconfigure. Reconfigure is such an advance form of the sci-fi thriller variety, totally advance - way out there!
Disclaimer: I'm a friend of the author and provided some advice during development, but I firmly believe that many sci-fi and tech fans will enjoy this novel.