Today I listened to “The Discovered Country”. It is another story where the dead continue to live in virtual reality, but in this one, the virtual life is an immense resource drain by the rich who can afford it on an already desolate earth, and the perspective is from the inside, the protagonists being a principled musician who got into this to get back close to his earlier love Thea, the most brilliant singer/actress/socialite humanity has ever seen alive, a beacon of hope to Lifeside even now.
I mean, look at her name: Thea Lorentz. The divine, the patron saint of the sun! And the main character is always just “Northover”, and only gets his first name, the nearly-generic “Jon”, largely out of her mouth when she is looking deeper into him than he does himself.
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