A man-made, nanotech plague has ravaged America's heartland and will soon spread to the rest of the world. Our only salvation might be found in an unlikely place: an advanced computer system housing a hundred virtual worlds, each one a replica of Earth and populated by billions of digital "people" who have no idea that they are only programs, living simulated lives, and secretly monitored for new technology that could save us all. This is Cyberdrome.
When the son of the company's founder is called in after one of his programs is used to attack Cyberdrome, Alek Grey is shocked to learn that both his father and ex-fiancée have become trapped in neural interface with the system. What's even more concerning is that the reason for the lockdown might be the emergence of a smarter-than-human intelligence in one of those hundred worlds, an intelligence that seems to want out!
Alek knows of only one way to rescue the people he loves, but will he jeopardize the rest of humanity to save them?
Joseph Rhea is a scientist, science fiction author, computer game designer, and believer in moving humanity forward, not backward. Advised by his high school English teacher to pursue a life of writing, he instead chose a career in engineering and science, driven by a need to explore the world and help create new technologies. Now he has come full circle and is using that experience to become a new voice in realistic science fiction. Learn more at JosephRhea.com
David Rhea is a mechanical special effects artist in Southern California. He has spent the past 30 years building mechanical creatures, simulators, people movers, boat ride systems, and numerous forms of special effects for the entertainment industry and major theme parks around the country. In his spare time he builds 3D computer models and landscapes from scratch, and also creates amazing science fiction book covers for his brother. Learn more at DaveRhea.net