The War Bug
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by Biff Mitchell
Category: Science Fiction/Humor
Description: In just a few hours, Abner Hayes' wife and daughter are going to die, and the only way he can save their lives is to team up with a deadly computer virus and travel through time and space in a virtual universe that itself has only hours to live. Through suicidal game worlds, virtual landscapes that threaten to devour the unwary, and a series of insidious cyber traps, Abner and the virus must stay one step ahead of sinister forces that will stop at nothing to destroy his family in order to steal their incredible secret. Spliced with dark humor and intricate characters, The War Bug is a non-stop roller coaster thriller into a terrifying future.
eBook Publisher: Double Dragon Publishing, 2004 DDP
eBookwise Release Date: March 2004
17 Reader Ratings:
Available eBook Formats: OEBFF Format (IMP) [313 KB]
Reading time: 287-401 min.
"If God truly is in the details, then DNA must be God."
When Jared Friedman, the biocomputist who invented the DNA bubble computer said this, he failed to understand that it meant the details reflected God's work, not that God was just a bunch of details.
So much for details.
Maybe it was a tiny mishap in the sequencing of Jared's own DNA that caused him to misunderstand Goethe, or maybe he was just blinded by the boggling enormity of his invention: a computer that used simulated DNA structures to store information and to perform computing operations, though "computing" was not what it did in the traditional sense. Jared's computer used strings of programming similar to DNA codes riding on waves of bubbles smaller than atoms to simultaneously access enormous data warehouses and spit out results trillions of times faster than any computer before it.
Jared's computer was based on a biological entity that could replicate life, which on second thought, might make him right and Goethe wrong after all. But who really cares? They're both dead; Goethe for centuries and Jared, for, oh, about ten minutes. The details were just too much for him, so he jumped off his balcony-about an eight-foot drop, but he landed on his head and broke his neck.
What drove Jared over the railing was the realization that this new computer of his-a computer that could fit into this period but could store all the information currently contained on earth a billion trillion times over-was beyond anything he could ever hope to comprehend. Its implications were more staggering than his mind could handle.
Cripes, he thought, and jumped.
It would be a couple of hundred years before a young Virtual Code Geneticist would crack the encryption on Jared's work and actually build a working DNA computer. And when that happened, he wouldn't go crazy like Jared. He would keep his wits and neck intact because he would build his DNA computer for something far larger than eternity. He would build it for love.
A Hundred and Fifty Years Later...
Copyright © 2004 by Biff Mitchell