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This Virtual Night

(2020)
(The second book in the This Alien Shore series)
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Returning to the universe of New York Times Notable book This Alien Shore comes a new space opera from an acknowledged master of science fiction.

When deep-space travel altered the genes of the first interstellar colonists, Earth abandoned them. But some of the colonies survived, and a new civilization of mental and physical “Variants” has been established, centered around clusters of space stations known as the outworlds.
 
Now the unthinkable has happened: a suicide assault has destroyed the life support system of a major waystation. All that is known about the young men responsible is that in their last living moments they were receiving messages from an uninhabited sector of space, and were playing a virtual reality game.
 
Two unlikely allies have joined forces to investigate the incident: Ru Gaya, a mercenary explorer with a taste for high risk ventures, and game designer Micah Bello, who must find the parties responsible for the attack in order to clear his name. From the corridors of a derelict station lost to madness to an outlaw stronghold in the depths of uncharted space, the two now follow the trail of an enemy who can twist human minds to his purpose, and whose plans could bring about the collapse of outworld civilization.

Genre: Science Fiction

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Hardback Editions

October 2020 : USA Hardback
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Title: This Virtual Night (This Alien Shore)
Author(s): C S Friedman
ISBN: 0-7564-0988-8 / 978-0-7564-0988-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: DAW
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

March 2021 : Australia, UK Kindle edition

Title: This Virtual Night
Author(s): C S Friedman
Publisher: Head of Zeus -- an AdAstra Book
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


October 2020 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: This Virtual Night
Author(s): C S Friedman
Publisher: DAW
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA