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Tea From An Empty Cup by Pat Cadigan

Tea From An Empty Cup (original 1998; edition 1999)

by Pat Cadigan

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Title:Tea From An Empty Cup
Authors:Pat Cadigan
Info:Tor Science Fiction (1999), Edition: 1st, Mass Market Paperback, 256 pages
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Tea from an Empty Cup by Pat Cadigan (1998)



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This is one of the many books set in cyberspace that came out after Neuromancer. And, its average. Not bad, not great. It suffers from the ending being bigger than it should be - which many books from this era seem to have.

We have Yuki, one of the few remaining ethnic Japanese trying to find her lost friend in the cyberworld. Theres a detective, trying to figure out why people are dying in the virtual world parlours. And then there is an inception like world inside the virtual reality, where if you go far enough, you can find old Japan recreated again.

The characters are average - nothing to spectacular, the dogged detective, always a few minutes late, the girl, trying to find something that might not exist, and a world that isn't real. ( )
  TheDivineOomba | Sep 10, 2016 |
A cyberpunk near future: murder investigation meets immersive artificial reality (AR). Hotsuits offer full body stimuli, making make virtual experiences hyper-real. So that means all too imaginable thrills for the wealthy. While those who earn too little to own actual property can hire a suit and spend enough billable time in post-Apocalyptic Noo Yawk Sitty to build an unreal home. (One grimily realistic dead end job is cleaning rented hotsuits.) Detective Konstantin is investigating how a kid got his throat cut in both AR and for real, behind a locked door. Yuki’s parallel search for missing Tom leads to the truth behind the dark rumours about Joy’s Boyz. Meanwhile in AR, virtual human salamanders take up home in virtual burning cars, and everyone’s looking for the mythical egress. ( )
  Bernadette877 | Jul 4, 2015 |
There's a muder - a kid in virtual reality has been murdered in real reality, too. Detective Dora Konstantin has to figure out why and how. She plunges to the world of Artificial Reality to find out. Meanwhile someone called Yuki is trying to find out where his friend has disappeared.

The story is somewhat interesting, and the description of the artificial reality is intriguing. I would've appreciated a more concrete approach - now the story was a tad vague and eventually the resolution was somewhat disappointing.

Interesting, but in the end the book is just good. ( )
  msaari | Nov 4, 2008 |
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Two-time Arthur C. Clarke Award winner for Best Novel, Pat Cadigan is the Queen of Cyberpunk for the brilliance of her ideas, the genius of her near-future extrapolations, and the beauty of her writing. No one else has explored and illuminated the mind-machine interface with the keen and relentless intelligence she demonstrates in her novels Mindplayers, Synners, Fools, and the long-awaited Tea from an Empty Cup. Her fourth novel is a perceptive, fascinating, witty SF mystery of artificial reality, whose paradoxical name perfectly defines its nature: an immaterial world of pure sensation, where, by legal mandate, everything is permitted and nothing is forbidden.

The hazards of Artificial Reality are spilling into the real world--people vanish and solitary gamers are found slain in sealed AR booths. The young woman Yuki, child of a Japan destroyed before her birth, enters AR as the new assistant to the mysterious celebrity Joy Flower, but with her own agenda: to find Tom Iguchi, her missing beloved, who never was her lover but had been one of Joy's Boyz. The hard-boiled homicide detective Dore Konstantin stalks the virtual streets of post-Apocalyptic Noo Yawk Sitty seeking a serial killer who may have murdered eight gamers from inside AR itself. But how do you find missing or hidden persons in a world where nothing is as it seems? The two plot lines subtly converge as fact and fantasy, murderer and victim, as well as understanding and identity invert in a virtual universe where the dangers are real and ever-present, and you can be anything or anyone but yourself. --Cynthia Ward

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