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Distances (1988) [Short Story]
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NASA has developed a system to directly jack the human brain into a computer system. The first batch of subjects begins excellently, but it soon becomes apparent that they are unsuitable for the project. So a second batch is "created" -- humans implanted with a special jack. The first batch becomes the second batch's "handlers." For Halloran, first generation, and Michael, second, the work is life itself. Soon they become close friends, then closer than friends. When they jack into the computer together, they share every thought, feeling, and secret each has ever had. But then Halloran begins to deteriorate.

First published in Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, mid-December 1988.

Reprinted in:

  • The Year's Best Science Fiction: Sixth Annual Collection
  • Horrible Beginnings

Original title: Distances
Original languages: English

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Genre: FictionScience FictionTechnologyCyberpunk and Virtual Reality

This work is a subwork of the following works :
     Year’s Best Science Fiction: Sixth Annual Collection, the (1989) [Anthology]
      Authors: Bruce Sterling , George Alec Effinger , Kim Stanley Robinson , Lucius Shepard , Pat Cadigan , Nancy Kress , Mike Resnick , Kristine Kathryn Rusch , Robert Silverberg , Michael Swanwick , Brian M. Stableford , Lewis Shiner , Harry Turtledove , Walter Jon Williams , Kathe Koja , John Kessel , Howard Waldrop , Connie Willis , James Patrick Kelly , Kim Newman , Bruce McAllister , Steven Gould , Judith Moffett , Eileen Gunn , James Lawson , Stephen Kraus
     Horrible Beginnings (2003) [Anthology]
      Authors: Neil Gaiman , Tanith Lee , F. Paul Wilson , Poppy Z. Brite , Ramsey Campbell , Henry Kuttner , Robert Bloch , Kathe Koja , Ed Bryant , Elizabeth Hand , Rick Hautala , Patricia Nead (P.N.) Elrod , Matthew Costello , Thomas F. Monteleone , Yvonne Navarro , Kim Newman , Gary A. Braunbeck

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