The Reality Plague

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When fear of a disease prevents human contact, the race is threatened with extinction.
That least that’s the ultimate destiny for the dystopian civilization in which Jake Harrison lives, and he’s locked in a virtual world, powerless to prevent it.
Will a mysterious woman named Liv have the answers?
With Lisa, his quirky, personal AI to help them and a little luck, perhaps together they can. More

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About Doug Welch

Although I'm a retired community college instructor, I lived another life and acquired a wide range of experiences before my teaching and now author gig. I served the U.S. Navy and my country in Vietnam. I repaired robots and automated equipment in the aerospace industry. I was publicity chairman of the California Belly Dance Association for a while, actor in a motion picture, Manufacturing Engineer and Regional Chairman of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, and finally Professor of Manufacturing Technology at a local community college. Name it, and I've likely done it.
However, despite threatening to do so for many years, I'd never written a book. At least, until now. It's a lot of work. You really, really have to love it. Fortunately, (or unfortunately) I do love it and plan to continue it as long as I can type, scribble or speak.
Stay tuned for more. (See my website,Facebook and my blog for new books.)

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Review by: Carol on May 11, 2013 :
The world building was exceptional. Good action, touch of romance.
(reviewed 11 months after purchase)
Review by: john hood on Sep. 4, 2012 :
What a GREAT Book!!! Loved reading it, Had a hard time putting the book down!! Thanks Mr Welch for all the books you write. Cant wait for the next one
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Review by: j Go on April 30, 2012 :
Shawn Michel de Montaigne's review says it all!
(review of free book)
Review by: Joseph M on Nov. 24, 2011 :
(review of free book)
Review by: Shawn Michel de Montaigne on May 4, 2011 :
As I read this work, I kept thinking of the Borg, that superrace of galactic cogs intent on assimilating whole planets in a neverending effort to "perfect" themselves.

I also thought of The Matrix, one of my all-time favorite movies. This novella and The Matrix play with similar themes: computer-generated dystopia, the control of artificial intelligence over human choices, the abdication of so many--most--to machines and the suburban mundanity of their unlives, and the urge for a small few to break free and to resist. Welch plays with these themes with an expert hand, gives them a twist, and offers through his trained eye the very real and scary possibilities that The Matrix can't: that is, we aren't talking about the distant future here, but today, and now: the technologies are here: perhaps in their infancy, yes; but here they are.

And we should be very wary and even afraid of some of them. Even terrified.

Welch weaves a deep, despairing tactile-deprived sense of humanity into this story, so much so that at many points it's almost too painful to read on. Personally, I'd choose suicide over the "life" offered within these pages; I'd've checked out ages ago. I have no desire to try to save cattle; and I fear that authentic humans--those few who actually think and do and feel *for themselves*--are nearing extinction here, today, in this very real world, smothered under by the bovine indifference of billions. Look around! What do you see? People endlessly texting one another; people with those idiotic phone implants stuck in their heads; Facebook junkies with thousands of false friends; real-time surveillance of everything we do, everything we are. Geo-location software stuck in devices track absolutely everything we do, everywhere we go. And what's funny is this: the great herd of humanity thinks nothing of it!


Consider that while you read this story, and then read Welch's excellent Afterword, where he answers the silly critics of The Reality Plague and, frankly, makes them look even sillier.

I am affected enough by this story to say that a light reading of it will do you no good: consider that your life right now, today, is increasingly ordered and determined by machines. If you can do *that* lightly, then you're already lost. You're already one of the Borg.

An excellent read, this. Download it today and be entertained, be enlightened, and be frightened.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
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