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Shining Dream Road Out, the (1993) [Short Story]
by M. Shayne Bell Rating: No votes (Rate!)
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Yet another everyman stars in this story set on the highways--real and computer simulated--of Salt Lake County. The protagonist, similar to many other Bell characters, is remarkable not for the usual s.f. cliches such as genius intellect, alien birthright, or smugly detached arrogance, but for his ethical behavior and common sense problem solving. In this fast-paced story a pizza deliverer in Salt Lake City races against time on the virtual reality roads of Salt Lake, training in order to reduce pizza delivery times. The VR road net is used by many others, however, and the delivery boy encounters a woman trying to escape an abusive husband. When he figures out that she's a real person, in need of real help, he mentions the situation to his parents. He has been unimpressed with his apparently humdrum mom and dad during his teenage years. But his parents surprise him with the willingness and ingenuity with which they provide assistance.

Originally published in Simulations: Fifteen Tales of Virtual Reality, ed. Karie Jacobson, Citadel Twilight 1993.

Reprinted in Tomorrow, July 1993.

Original title: The Shining Dream Road Out
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionScience FictionTechnologyCyberpunk and Virtual Reality

This work is a subwork of the following works :
     Simulations: 15 Tales of Virtual Reality (1993) [Anthology]
      Authors: Douglas Adams , Ray Bradbury , Philip K. Dick , William Gibson , Jonathan Lethem , Pat Cadigan , John Varley , Vonda N. McIntyre , Michael Swanwick , George Zebrowski , J. G. Ballard , Marc Laidlaw , M. Shayne Bell , Michael Kandel , Gerald W. Page

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