Could virtual reality be used to explore the galaxy? Dave and his friend Jon think so. When they decode an alien message they discover a three-dimensional environment populated by virtual aliens with an invitation to join the Galactanet. But Dave and Jon can only take up this offer by becoming virtual themselves.
Things get more complicated as a hacker in the employ of a certain Dr. Werner infiltrates Dave's virtual reality system, causing mayhem. Soon Dr. Werner's machinations threaten the very existence of the Galactanet itself. Can Dave and his friends come up with a way to save the galaxy?
For fans of Douglas Adams' Hitchhikers' Guide series.
Ben Chenoweth lived in St. Petersburg, Russia with his wife and two children for almost ten years. He currently lives in Melbourne, Australia where he works at the Melbourne School of Theology as their eLearning Coordinator. He enjoys reading, writing, music and playing computer games in equal measures. He has a particular interest in the intersection between theology and the arts. His most recent book is The Rome Gospel, a historical novel about the writing of the Gospel of Mark that also involves flashbacks into key moments in Mark's life. He has also written The Corinth Letters, which looks at the situation that gave rise to Paul's correspondence with the Corinthian church, and The Ephesus Scroll, a novel about the book of Revelation. He has written a play based on the life of Saul and a musical based on the Biblical book of Esther (a free download of the 1998 performance at Lilydale Baptist Church is available on NoiseTrade).
For those who might be interested, he lists C. S. Lewis, Peter Shaffer and Neal Stephenson as his literary inspirations.
"Clever premise, an intergalactic adventure, many comic moments, some deep thoughts...I liked it. Some of the math and technical computer references went WELL over my head, but a fun romp all the same! Thanks Ben!" (Julia Bachmann)
"A wonderful book. Very well written, entertaining and fun." (Bumblefish)