History Literature / LabyrinthOfReflections

10th Apr '17 4:24:07 PM nombretomado
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'''Labyrinth of Reflections''' (''Лабиринт отражений'', Labirint otrazheniy) is a {{Cyberpunk}} trilogy written by the popular Russian sci-fi author SergeyLukyanenko. It is set in an AlternateHistory where, in the early days of the Internet, a Russia hacker accidentally creates a hypnotic pattern that forces the human brain to perceive a crude 3D computer image as a full-blown virtual reality. After the knowledge becomes public, the major computer companies (e.g. Microsoft, IBM) create a {{Cyberspace}} colloquially known as "the Deep" that exists alongside the Internet (which has lost much of its appeal, with most social and business functions taking place in the Deep; the only reason people get on the Internet is to find out factual information).

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'''Labyrinth of Reflections''' (''Лабиринт отражений'', Labirint otrazheniy) is a {{Cyberpunk}} trilogy written by the popular Russian sci-fi author SergeyLukyanenko.Creator/SergeyLukyanenko. It is set in an AlternateHistory where, in the early days of the Internet, a Russia hacker accidentally creates a hypnotic pattern that forces the human brain to perceive a crude 3D computer image as a full-blown virtual reality. After the knowledge becomes public, the major computer companies (e.g. Microsoft, IBM) create a {{Cyberspace}} colloquially known as "the Deep" that exists alongside the Internet (which has lost much of its appeal, with most social and business functions taking place in the Deep; the only reason people get on the Internet is to find out factual information).
28th Oct '16 11:49:50 AM ChronoLegion
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The protagonist of the two novels is a freelance Russian Diver named Leonid who lives in a rundown apartment in St. Petersburg. He is an experienced Diver but doesn't know much about computers, which forces him to frequently rely on his hacker friend Alexander AKA Maniac. After breaking into a pharmaceutical company's virtual research lab and stealing their latest product for a competitor, Leonid is approached by someone he calls Man Without a Face (the man's face is constantly obscured), who offers him a job of rescuing a man trapped in a MMO game based on ''Doom''. As a reward, Leonid will be given the Order of Permissiveness, a unique pass that allows him to enter ''any'' location in the Deep and requires anyone to let him in. During his adventures, Leonid meets Vicka, a virtual prostitute (who also runs the virtual brothel as an experiment for her psychology dissertation) and begins to fall for her. Leonid manages to reach "Jinx" (as the trapped man is nicknamed by other Divers) and finds out that he is not what he appears. By the end, everyone is after Jinx, and Leonid and Vicka are desperately fighting to keep him safe.

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The protagonist of the two novels is a freelance Russian Diver named Leonid who lives in a rundown apartment in St. Petersburg. He is an experienced Diver but doesn't know much about computers, which forces him to frequently rely on his hacker friend Alexander AKA Maniac. After breaking into a pharmaceutical company's virtual research lab and stealing their latest product for a competitor, Leonid is approached by someone he calls Man Without a Face (the man's face is constantly obscured), who offers him a job of rescuing a man trapped in a MMO game based on ''Doom''. As a reward, Leonid will be given the Order of Permissiveness, a unique pass that allows him to enter ''any'' location in the Deep and requires anyone to let him in. During his adventures, Leonid meets Vicka, a virtual prostitute (who also runs the virtual brothel as an experiment for her psychology dissertation) and begins to fall for her. Leonid manages to reach "Jinx" (as the trapped man is nicknamed by other Divers) and finds out that he is not what he appears. By the end, everyone is after Jinx, and Leonid and Vicka are desperately fighting to keep him safe.
safe. ''The novel has finally been translated and published in English nearly 20 years after it was written.''
4th Jun '16 9:29:17 AM tkzv
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# ''Labyrinth of Reflections'' (1997)

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# ''Labyrinth ''[[https://www.amazon.com/Labyrinth-Reflections-Sergei-Lukyanenko-ebook/dp/B01G5XNN90?ie=UTF8&keywords=labyrinth%20of%20reflections&qid=1464711583&ref_=sr_1_1&sr=8-1 Labyrinth of Reflections'' (1997)Reflections]]'' (1997)
15th Dec '15 4:23:29 AM Koveras
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* SecretTestOfThievingSkill - The first book opens with Leonid breaking into a high-security Cyberspace facility of a pharmaceutical corporation to steal corporate secrets for his client. He gets intercepted, however, and learns that his client is the same corporation who set up a fake heist that only a Diver like him can pull off, because they are in dire need of one and want to offer him a much bigger job.



* YourMindMakesItReal - the hypnotic pattern makes human brains perceive any 3D graphics as real. However, death in the Deep simply kicks the user out without any physical harm. Virtual weapons (basically, viruses made to appear as guns) are made in two varieties: 1st generation weapons only harm the software of the user; 2nd generation weapons can also harm the hardware. The main events of the second novel are kicked off when an old friend of Leonid's is killed by a newly-created 3rd generation weapon.

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* YourMindMakesItReal - the hypnotic pattern makes human brains perceive any 3D graphics as real. However, death in the Deep simply kicks the user out without any physical harm. Virtual weapons (basically, viruses made to appear as guns) are made in two varieties: 1st generation weapons only harm the software of the user; 2nd generation weapons can also harm the hardware. The main events of the second novel are kicked off when an old friend of Leonid's is killed by a newly-created 3rd generation weapon.weapon.
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13th Nov '15 6:15:57 AM ChronoLegion
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* ShoutOut - When playing the ''Labyrinth of Death'' in the first novel, whenever Leonid kills another player, he announces his current avatar's name with "I'm [[Literature/TheGunslinger]]!" Whenever he tells that to people (those he doesn't kill), they ask him if he's a fan of Creator/StephenKing. Leonid usually replies that he isn't, but he likes the name.

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* ShoutOut - When playing the ''Labyrinth of Death'' in the first novel, whenever Leonid kills another player, he announces his current avatar's name with "I'm [[Literature/TheGunslinger]]!" Literature/TheGunslinger!" Whenever he tells that to people (those he doesn't kill), they ask him if he's a fan of Creator/StephenKing. Leonid usually replies that he isn't, but he likes the name.
13th Nov '15 6:15:43 AM ChronoLegion
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* ShoutOut - When playing the ''Labyrinth of Death'' in the first novel, whenever Leonid kills another player, he announces his current avatar's name with "I'm [[Literature/TheGunslinger]]!" Whenever he tells that to people (those he doesn't kill), they ask him if he's a fan of Creator/StephenKing. Leonid usually replies that he isn't, but he likes the name.
13th Nov '15 6:12:34 AM ChronoLegion
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* [[invoked]] GameBreaker - Leonid uses his Diver abilities in this manner to get through the Labyrinth of Death. Most people aim and fire their weapons the way they would do it in RealLife. Leonid breaks the illusion and uses the old mouse-and-keyboard to aim the crosshairs with much better precision.
23rd Sep '15 8:13:04 AM migmit
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** It's later revealed that translation technology is still quite bad, but hypnotized human brain fills the blanks in sound as well as in image. PlayedForLaughs, as the example of translated speech heard by un-hypnotised Leonid features several flaws common for automatic translators.
18th Sep '15 3:11:48 AM StFan
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Within a few years, a large virtual city has sprung up in cyberspace called Deeptown, where people can live and work for real money. After all, why should companies pay for office space when all they have to do is pay for virtual space and hire some graphics designers to make crude virtual offices that look awesome to the psychosis-affected brains? Anyone who works in Deeptown usually does it from home while wearing a full-body virtual suit that allows one to better experience the physical sensations of the Deep. However, a suit is not strictly necessary, as the first person to experience the effect of the hypnotic pattern did so while playing ''{{VideoGame/Doom}}'' late at work and actually felt like it was him running through those Martian corridors fighting snarling monsters and unable to escape the illusion until he beat the whole game in one sitting.

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Within a few years, a large virtual city has sprung up in cyberspace called Deeptown, where people can live and work for real money. After all, why should companies pay for office space when all they have to do is pay for virtual space and hire some graphics designers to make crude virtual offices that look awesome to the psychosis-affected brains? Anyone who works in Deeptown usually does it from home while wearing a full-body virtual suit that allows one to better experience the physical sensations of the Deep. However, a suit is not strictly necessary, as the first person to experience the effect of the hypnotic pattern did so while playing ''{{VideoGame/Doom}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Doom}}'' late at work and actually felt like it was him running through those Martian corridors fighting snarling monsters and unable to escape the illusion until he beat the whole game in one sitting.



* SequelDifficultySpike - The popular ''{{Doom}}''-based Deep MMO game ''Labyrinth of Death'' involves players fighting through hundreds of monsters in the midst of an AlienInvasion. Players compete and frequently shoot one another. However, the sequel, introduced in the second novel, moves the plot to the alien homeworld, with the humans trying to pay the aliens back. The monsters are tougher and smarter, requiring players to work as a team (individuals barely make it through the first several levels).

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* SequelDifficultySpike - The popular ''{{Doom}}''-based ''VideoGame/{{Doom}}''-based Deep MMO game ''Labyrinth of Death'' involves players fighting through hundreds of monsters in the midst of an AlienInvasion. Players compete and frequently shoot one another. However, the sequel, introduced in the second novel, moves the plot to the alien homeworld, with the humans trying to pay the aliens back. The monsters are tougher and smarter, requiring players to work as a team (individuals barely make it through the first several levels).
7th Oct '14 6:58:59 AM ChronoLegion
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* TheEmperor - The FinalBoss of the second version of the Labyrinth of Death. According to the game's story, he's a giant mutated human who leads the invasion of Earth.

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* TheEmperor - The FinalBoss of the second version of the Labyrinth of Death. According to the game's story, he's a giant mutated human who leads the invasion of Earth. [[spoiler:Leonid finds out that the Emperor has somehow become self-aware when it asks him "Who am I?" At the end of the second novel, Leonid lets the Emperor out of the game]].
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