“Reality is nothing more than a mass hallucination unwittingly ratified by global consensus.”
-- Arkady Bren, designer of the Virtual Reality Earth, commonly known as The VR
Two hundred years ago, we destroyed the planet, and the Corporate Council shipped us out to live in hellish off-world colonies. Our one role––to mine the resources necessary to repair Earth. Our one comfort––the VR, a utopian construct of Earth as it once was in modern times and as it never was in modern times … free of pollution, prejudice, inequality … everything our real lives are not.
The VR––a beguiling illusion created to gild a nightmare … a sugar coating over a very bitter pill.
For two centuries we have bought the fiction … have gladly swallowed the pill …
... until Kenda Zaless, a streetwise cop in Mars-Baltimore, investigates an accident that killed twenty thousand miners ...
... and genetic engineer, Jesly Crakov, hunts for a missing colleague in Titan-Bangalore.