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"Besher effortlessly hurtles us into inner universes in a single sentence." --Wired Magazine "Incredibly compelling with (his) mix of technology and metaphysics, human consciousness and virtual reality." --Moira Gunn, "Tech Nation," National Public Radio The year is 2036, and epidermal programming is all the rage among the fringe dwellers of the hacker underworld. Sentient tattoos travel on-line, perform tasks for their owners in Omnispace and can even be transferred from body to body in forbidden techno-pagan rituals. But these tattoos are also contaminated with bio-software bugs that can wreak havoc not only on the user but also on the entire Net. And one particularly virulent bug, codenamed Mir, is on the loose, destroying everything in its path. Trevor Gobi, son of the legendary VR...
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"Besher effortlessly hurtles us into inner universes in a single sentence."
--Wired Magazine

"Incredibly compelling with (his) mix of technology and metaphysics, human consciousness and virtual reality."
--Moira Gunn, "Tech Nation," National Public Radio

The year is 2036, and epidermal programming is all the rage among the fringe dwellers of the hacker underworld. Sentient tattoos travel on-line, perform tasks for their owners in Omnispace and can even be transferred from body to body in forbidden techno-pagan rituals. But these tattoos are also contaminated with bio-software bugs that can wreak havoc not only on the user but also on the entire Net. And one particularly virulent bug, codenamed Mir, is on the loose, destroying everything in its path. Trevor Gobi, son of the legendary VR investigator Frank Gobi, is in hot pursuit. But Mir has plans of its own . . . A wildly imaginative, frighteningly believable, breakneck cyber thriller from the acclaimed author of "Rim."

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About Alexander

Welcome to Chairman Besher’s Mausoleum (1951-):

Born in China of Russian parents as a stateless person, raised and educated in Japan, Alexander Besher is a San Francisco-based author, journalist (when journalism was still journalism), and novelist. He became a U.S....

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Author's Publishing Notes

HarperCollins in San Francisco published the first title in the "Rim" trilogy. Clayton Carlson, then publisher, made a quarter-of-a-million dollars offer for the next two titles, "Mir" and "Chi." A week later he was out the door, and the trilogy was split up because of that. An agent from Writers House auctioned "Mir" and "Chi" off and the books received many offers including a top bid from Bantam which Besher turned down in favor of going hardcover with editor Bob Mecoy at Simon & Schuster. Shortly thereafter, Mecoy left Simon & Schuster, and "Mir" and "Chi" were orphaned to a revolving door number of S & S editors. S & S took 18 months, six months beyond the contractual date, to publish "Mir" and 24 months to publish "Chi" which set Besher's time-table for other projects off "by a little bit." Having paid a high five-figures for "Chi," S & S then printed only 2,000 copies of the book. Then publisher of S & S, Jack Romanos, would only communicate with Besher through a slew of soft-speaking apparatchiks and could not provide Besher with an explanation for their slight of hand. Besher was "born-again" to the ways of the publishing world in which authors have no rights and should just be grateful to be tolerated. Several passages in "Mir" were literally censored without prior consultation with Besher despite registered letter requests (after Besher had read the galleys) that they be reinstated. Orbit UK is the only English-language publisher to have printed the non-bowdlerized edition of "Mir." Kudos to Orbit editor Tim Holman for that. The nanosecond that "Mir" and "Chi" went out of print at S & S, Besher moved to have the rights reverted back to him. And they were.