Restricted Fantasies by Kevin Kneupper

A Review

Kneupper uses this collection of short stories to ask where our technology is taking us, what is real and what is virtual realities place in the future. He speculates on where the technology could lead us.

IMG_5338Synopsis –
Are you living in a simulation?
If you aren’t now, you soon will be. The technology is fast approaching, and within our lifetimes the vast majority of humanity may be plugged into their own private worlds, living out dreams indistinguishable from reality.
It sounds like a paradise. But even paradise has its price.
Restricted Fantasies is a collection of short stories about lives lived inside and outside of virtual reality. The advent of simulated realities raises questions of philosophy and technology that drive at the core of our nature as humans—and in the tradition of classic sci-fi, the stories in this collection wrestle with these questions and with the shape of things to come.
You’ll meet a child protective services agent tasked with rescuing children being raised by Neo-Nazis in an illegal simulation of their own darkest fantasies.
You’ll meet a man who discovers the cheat code to our reality—and watch as it all goes horribly wrong.
You’ll go on a futuristic Rumspringa with an Amish woman who lives it up in virtual reality for a few years before deciding whether to go home to the last unplugged community on Earth.
You’ll peek into the lives of virtual reality addicts, aliens, and mad billionaires.
And you’ll journey into Sim-Sing, a simulated prison with a very unpleasant jailer.
Whether you’re a fan of classic sci-fi or not, if you’ve ever wondered whether the things around you are real, whether The Matrix was just a movie, and where the line is between reality and fantasy, you’ll love this glimpse into a future that may yet come—and that may already be here.

Everything about this screamed Black Mirror. I’ve only watched one season, but it felt like this was very much inspired by the questions asked in the show and the style. The writing was good and there were a couple of stand out stories. The prison story was my favourite, it was so messed up and well put together. In theory the way of punishing criminals could almost sound like a good idea, but I think like a lot of these stories, it shows how easy it is to forget that the virtual reality is actually messing with someone’s mind. Yes the body is fine as it’s not real, but it is very real to the mind.
Some of the stories did blend together and a couple weren’t my cup of tea, but I think that a lot of people will really enjoy the book. I’m slowly working my way into the sci-fi genre, but this was a little to far in for me. It has had some great reviews, so make sure to check those out.

I received a copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Title – Restricted Fantasies
Author – Kevin Kneupper
Released – 30 May 2018
Publisher – CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Get your own copy from – Amazon

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