Labyrinth of Reflections

Labyrinth Of Reflections

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Labyrinth of Reflections is the first novel in the Labyrinth trilogy of cyberpunk novels written by Russian science fiction writer Sergey Lukyanenko. The trilogy consists of Labyrinth of Reflections, False Mirrors, and Transparent Stained-Glass Windows. Between the second and third books, Sergey Lukyanenko authorized the release of a compilation of stories by other authors set in the same world as the trilogy.

The story is set in the near future, where a chance invention allows people to experience virtual reality without the need for costly hardware — a seconds long movie drives a person into a sort of psychosis, forcing one's subconsciousness to perceive a simple 3D game as real world. Soon after the invention, Microsoft and IBM build a virtual city on the Internet called "Deeptown" (named so after the street name for VR — the Deep), which anyone is free to log on and enter. <!--Upon entrance, they interact within the environment through the use of avatars, which allow them to appear as anyone or anything they desire (even an animal). Form-fitting suits allow complete freedom of movement to a point where the vast majority is unable to tell the deep from reality. -->The painted world becomes a second home for millions people — but some of them 'sink', i.e. forget to return to the reality and eventually die of the dehydration. Only a small group of people <!--(about 1 in 300,000), -->calling themselves divers are capable of leaving the Deep at...
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