Review of Simulacron-3 by Daniel Galouye. The ‘brain in a vat’ scenario is a classic thought experiment rooted in inquiries into ontology. A virtual-reality novel from a time before virtual reality, Simulacron-3 is a prophetic tale of a future where nothing is as it appears to be. Simulacron-3 by Daniel F Galouye, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.
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It is a jangling and disintegrating near-future, a world in which virtual reality has become the primary means of entertainment and the more significant part of life for most of the population. But when Fuller is murdered and Lynch disappears, governmental scrutiny and investigation threaten to destroy Reaction. Thus, Hall must find his way through this strange New Orleans to determine the identity of the murderer and the motive. He must, he comes to understand, apprehend the killer before both worlds, virtual and “real”, have ximulacron-3 destroyed.
The identity of the murderer is a stunning galouyw. Paperbackpages. Published January 4th by J’ai lu first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Simulacron 3please sign up.
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This would probably get 5 stars from me had I read it before reading the galojye novels and seeing the countless films and TV Shows that have since used the same concept.
Even so, this was still a mind-bender, and it compares rather favorably to Philip K. It concerns a man, Douglas Hall, who works for a giant gakouye that is developing a full-fledged computerized artificial reality in order to study the effects of various types of stimuli on its human analogs. But when H This would probably get 5 stars from me had I read it before reading the countless novels and seeing the countless films and TV Shows that have since used the same concept.
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But when Hall begins noticing strange things in the real world people disappearing and no one remembering them existing except Hall, etc. This was a blast to the end, with plenty of tripped-out twists and revelations, many of which you could see coming from a mile away thanks to the basic idea being hammered into the ground in more recent times.
But that didn’t detract a whole lot from the story for me, and I was fully engaged anyway. Though I compared this to PKD, it’s a lot less zany than his work. Galouye plays it entirely straight here, which was a nice change of pace for me. Anyone who digs The MatrixThe Thirteenth Floor which was loosely based on this bookor PKD should give this early example of the “is reality real” concept a shot.
There’s a German serial based on this called World on a Wire which is well-respected, though I’ve yet to see it.
I do remember really enjoying The Thirteenth Floor back in the day, though opinions seem to vary greatly on it. Dec 19, Franky rated it really liked it Shelves: I wimulacron-3 out about this novel after watching The Thirteenth Floor, one of my favorite sci-fi films from the 90s, but a film little known or given much fanfare probably because it was out around the time of The Matrix.
Based on the film The Thirteenth Floor, Simulacron 3 is very Matrix-like, a book that deals with the possibilities of dual realities. Innovative, creative, and profound, it is a novel that clearly was before its time I found out about this novel after watching The Thirteenth Floor, one of my favorite sci-fi films from the 90s, but a film little known or given much fanfare probably because it was out around the time of The Matrix.
In the novel, Douglas Hall is employed with a company that helps produce artificial environments through simulation. Part of the work helps to project what human behavior would be like in a real-life situation; in a sense, the simulation is geared towards creating a more utopia-driven society.
The simulation also allows someone to experience a social environment outside of reality. When Hannon Fuller, one of the heads of the company, dies under mysterious circumstances, it is a red flag to Hall that many things are not as they seem; corruption may exist in the company. To make matters worse for Hallhe becomes a person of interest in the murder of Fuller. Admittedly, the story, much like The Matrix or The Thirteenth Floor, becomes murky, convoluted and confusing at points, as we shift from time and place quite often.
Some of the technological jargon and vocabulary are a bit of a chore to navigate smiulacron-3 also, but this becomes easier as the novel progresses. The mystery aspect to the novel is quite fascinating, though, and it builds as Zimulacron-3 discovers galojye and more clues about his world. The themes explored in Simulacron 3 are thought-provoking and deep. One such idea explored is the infiniteness of time. At the heart and core of the novel is the question of what life, being human and existence really are.
What constitutes being human? Is artificial reality a form of life? As other reviewers have attested to, there is a paranoid feeling or atmosphere as we discover more answers as the novel progresses. Simulacron 3 is a novel that really makes you think about possibilities of existence, and it is recommended for any sci-fi fans.
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Jan 17, Xach rated it it was amazing. This is a book that deserves–nay, needs–a resurgence in popular culture. What astounded me to jaw dropping proportions about this book is that, published inThis is a book that deserves–nay, needs–a resurgence in popular culture. What astounded me to jaw dropping proportions about this book is that, published init effectively predicted the rise of social networking Facebook and the like by decades. The major conceit of the novel is the concept that a person’s personal opinions can be quantified as data and used as a commodity to orient a society’s future.
In the novel, Douglas Hall is the protege of Dr. Fuller, and the two of them are working on “Simulacron 3,” a simulated world in which the army of pollsters that clog up their own world would be rendered irrelevant.
In this simulation, billboards and adverts would take the place of pollsters, and reactions would be collected, collated, and quantified based on the stimuli provided. And then, everything gets weird. Told in the first person narration of Douglas Hall himself, the story constantly asks the reader to question what’s real and what isn’t, forcing direct confrontations with Cartesian philosophy, epistemology, and the nature of our universe.
Ultimately, the narrative poses questions that are impossible to resolve even after the book is over. Thankfully, it also offers the reader some moral opinions on how to proceed in the face of these unanswerable questions. It is a novel not without hope, but not offering any definite solutions either. While I found many aspects of some of the characters to be flat and not well developed, the farther into the story I read the less I cared about the deficiencies–without offering any spoilers, I will simply state that there are reasons for this opinion.
And while the narrative mostly avoids the pitfall of explaining how fantasy technology will work, there were a couple points where the narrative delved into a very brief synopsis of the mechanics involved, which always galouyf me out of a story.
That’s a personal issue, however, and ought not dissuade any interested reader from picking up the book. In addition to being science fiction that creates a ssimulacron-3 world set in the midst Century, the novel also has strong qualities that would later be labeled “Cyberpunk.
This predates both of those novels by decades, yet retains the same timeless qualities of both, and is equally deserving of space on one’s shelf. Whether you choose to look at the narrative through a Marxist lens, a feminist one, somulacron-3 deconstructive theories, narratology, or reader response theories, this book will offer something to people looking to delve into the minutia of a novel as well as people just looking to enjoy a fascinating story.
So, if you’re going to take my opinion on books to read and enjoy science fiction, I highly recommend putting this at or near the top of your list. Sep 11, John rated it it was amazing. I kept wanting to go back to it, eager to see what was going to happen next.
Aug 01, Sarah Sammis rated it it was amazing Shelves: Simulacron-3 is one of about a hundred books I’ve had for as long as I’ve been a serious reader.
When I got bitten by the reading bug back in I started galohye collect books by two criteria: Rather than spend my galouuye money on the then popular books, I tended to go for old books and ones I had never heard of. As I was collecting the books, often paying a dime or quarter for each, I was also reading books for school and A Preamble: As I was collecting the books, often paying a dime or quarter for each, I was also reading books for school and working my way through the library’s collection of science fiction and mysteries.
In other words, my shelf devoted to my books quickly filled up and I read maybe a sumulacron-3 of them. About ten years after I bought Simulacron-3 by Daniel F. Galouye my husband and I went to see a fun science fiction film, The Thirteen Floor. Now I’m normally a compulsive reader of credits but I did not catch Simulcron-3 mentioned as the source material. If I had, I probably wouldn’t have even remembered that I owned the book. So the book remained unread and stashed with my original Five years later I decided to register my original with the hope of finally reading them and releasing the books I didn’t want to read again or didn’t think my husband or children wanted to read.
A Bookcrossing friend contacted me shortly after I had registered the book and asked to borrow it, pointing out the connection to The Thirteen Floor. After I got over my surprise I found the book and sent it to her. Five more years and I have finally read it. Most of my reading commitments are now finished and I have been enjoying a year of reading mostly what I want. Part of that reading for fun is to finally go through that original Simulacron-3 by Daniel F.
Siumlacron-3 begins as a murder mystery set in a computer lab. But it quickly embraces its science fiction setting to explore philosophical notions of reality, consciousness and soul. The title is a pun on “simulacrum” meaning the representation of something often intangible such as a God.
The “crum” has become cron short for chronograph jobs. The “3” hints at the three levels of reality that Douglas Hall becomes aware of as his own life is endangered.
Things go awry for Douglas Hall when fellow researcher Morton Lynch goes missing and then another colleague, Hannon Fuller is murdered. Hall finds himself accused of both crimes but he has no memory of having committed any crime.