Simulated reality is a common theme in science fiction. It is predated by the concept " life is a dream ". It should not be confused with the theme of virtual reality. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Science Fiction Studies. Retrieved March 30, Internet Speculative Fiction Database. The Alexandrian. The Wall Street Journal. Galaxy Science Fiction. And a Duane Reade".
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This book formulates the world view and approach to one's daily life based on assumption of world being simulated. A collection of related short stories, assembled as a novel, chronicling the life of a man and his daughter both pre and post- singularity. Posits a religion according to which 'The Truth' is that our universe is virtual.
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On a road trip, two characters set out from a post-apocalypse Wyoming town and encounter a succession of alternate realities, including one shrouded in opaque green fog, another luck-based political system, and it is suggested that these divergent alternate realities emerged to obstruct an alien invasion of Earth. Homage to Philip K. A coming of age story introducing God as a teenage programmer, who creates Earth within a pre-made Universe simulation and unsuccessfully attempts to guide its progress from genesis and beyond.
Breakfast of Champions. Kilgore Trout , an amateur science fiction writer, writes a story that mocks individualism by suggesting that there is only one human man and one God, and the rest of humanity are robots, made to test the man's reactions; hence, a kind of simulated reality. Several strands relating to virtual reality games and virtual objects, but then events in the "real world" lead the reader to conclude that the "real world" is a simulated reality which is accreting errors and anomalies.
An Englishman is viciously beaten and injured late at night in the London Underground system. He wakes from the coma only to discover that his reality is inconsistent, and begins to wonder if he'd really woken at all. The characters come to doubt their own reality. This story was reprinted in several anthology collections, won the Hugo Award for Best Novella and was nominated for the Nebula Award for Best Novella.
A man goes to visit the town in which he spent his early childhood, only to find that he does not recognize anything or anyone. Even basic things such as street names are different. Eventually he discovers that the town and all of the people in it are being subjected to an illusion created by the fight between two cosmic beings. The first sequel of Gibson's Neuromancer , the novel continues themes around cyberspace and introduces a computerized device called an Aleph which contains an advanced version of cyberspace that appears as a simulated reality to those that "jack" into it, as well as to digital entities that reside within it.
By the end of the story it is revealed that whatever happens in the story is really beyond the End of Time and that the Universe, the Earth and all of the consciousness that ever existed are really being preserved in a computer-like simulation known as the Archive. Part of the Virgin New Adventures series of Doctor Who spin-off fiction, but mostly disconnected from the rest of the series.
The novel is set on a version of s Earth within a "bottle universe," invaded by powerful beings from the greater universe beyond. It is suggested that these beings are fleeing their own invaders and that their universe is merely a bottle within a yet greater cosmos.
A novel set in CE in which humanity has divided into distinct groups, one of which are the citizens. The citizens are intelligences that exist as disembodied computer software running entirely within simulated reality-based communities. Christopher Priest. A team of specialists undergoes a sort of computer-monitored group hypnosis to create an alternate England, hoping to improve their dystopian world, but their utopia is endangered by one member with foul emotions and megalomaniacal ideas.
The Dueling Machine. Dueling as a means of settling disputes has been revived by the invention of the dueling machine, which allows two adversaries to have at each other in the imaginary world of their choosing, with no danger to either other than humiliation and the loss of the point in dispute—until the Kerak Worlds found a way to kill with the machine. A man awakes from a vehicular crash, and is transferred to a special treatment facility after being informed that he is a biological robot. He finds that his subjective reality is controlled by a punch tape reel in his chest panel, which he begins to manipulate in an effort to control the world that he experiences.
Electric Forest. A woman who is so ugly that she is an outcast on her colony planet of genetically engineered perfection agrees to put herself in a container from which she will have full control of and the illusion of independence in the cloned body of a beautiful, wealthy, and intelligent woman.
In particular, his introduction of the Taylor algorithms as a means of determining the simulated nature of an artificial environment. After a nuclear accident , seven victims successively pass a range of solipsist personalised alternate universes, including a geocentric , magic-based universe and a hardline marxist caricature of the contemporary United States. Tom Shippey wrote that it might be "a private fantasy world, watched over by a Vast Active Living Intelligence System.
Describes a version of Earth with very extensive virtual reality capabilities. Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said. A famous, wealthy entertainer wakes up one morning in a cheap hotel, only to discover that no one knows who he is and that there is not even a record of his existence. A philosophical speculation on the ontological status of the extreme form of virtual reality that combines with teleoperation, in comparison with what we perceive as the "actual" or "physical" reality.
An array of thought experiments is constructed for the purpose of philosophical investigations. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Earth was designed by an alien supercomputer called Deep Thought to find the Ultimate Question to the Ultimate Answer of Life, the Universe, and Everything the Ultimate Answer already established as 42 , using organic life as part of its operational matrix.
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However, early on in the first book Earth was destroyed just before the critical moment of read-out, leading to the events of the rest of the series. Later, part of the action takes place in a synthetic universe.
A pilot on the Midwest summer barnstorming circuit meets a messiah who shows him that the world is merely "like a movie" designed by "the Master" to entertain and enlighten humanity. Two scientists use a computer to predict the consequences on society of a new drug that one of them invented.
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Liz Maverick. A woman is resurrected from the dead and placed in an artificial looping alternate future timeline so that a greedy corporate inventor and CEO can test the limits of this technology. She lives every week over again, with all people and events simulated for her in order to reduce the number of defects in the system.