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The Accord by Keith Brooke

The Accord (edition 2009)

by Keith Brooke

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Title:The Accord
Authors:Keith Brooke
Info:Solaris (2009), Paperback, 416 pages
Collections:Stacks (garage), Your library, To read

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The Accord by Keith Brooke


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Sometimes you get to point in a book when you wonder if it will ever end. In a souped-up virtual world called The Accord, three characters, an unflappable, all-knowing Professor (The Accord's inventor), a scheming, vengeful Politician and the Woman (with no character of her own) that both love, engage in a love triangle that keeps on twisting through different scenarios in the Accord. Other stock characters (e.g. the Loyal Bodyguard, the Evil Hacker, the Efficient PA), and a host of those who end up in The Accord, have walk-on roles. If the people and situations are hackneyed, the science fiction element is even worse. Earth is dying so people will die trying to get into The Accord. But if the global ecosystem is collapsing then how can complex technology offer a way out? How The Accord works is never addressed. At one point The Accord needs to take over 'net resources' to go on, later it anchors itself in 'unused' quantum space. One needs a brain scan and then when you die (why wait?) you get uploaded. The Accord is a 'consensual reality' built from the memories of the uploaded: but how can differing memories of the same place ever be reconciled? The upload is supposedly one way, but later the dead but uploaded Professor can roam the real world in a 'borrowed body' (another technology introduced like a rabbit out of a hat). Oh, and human personalities can also be spliced and diced (this happens to the Politician). The Accord itself looks like heaven but there is no escape as dying gets you slowly reconstituted. Why would people in it need to sleep or eat or do anything human at all? The unceasing repetition in this novel says more about The Accord as the new dystopia than the 'new frontier'. ( )
  AlanPoulter | Jun 19, 2009 |
Brooke's fifth science-fiction novel is an intelligent examination of the technological possibilities of VR and a brilliant dissection of how individuals and society will change when freed from material bounds. The Accord is not only Brooke's best novel to date, but one of the finest to broach the subject of virtual reality.
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"The Accord, a virtual utopia where the soul lives after death and your perceptions are bound only by your imagination. This is the setting for a tale of love, murder, and revenge that crosses the boundaries between the real world and this virtual reality. When Noah and Priscilla escape into the Accord to flee her murderous husband, he plots to destroy the whole Accord and them with it. How can they hope to escape their stalker when he can become anything or anyone he desires and where does the pursuit of revenge stop for immortals in an eternal world?"--p. [4] of cover.… (more)

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