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Fools' Experiments by Edward M. Lerner
Review by Ernest Lilley
Tor Books Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780765319012
Date: 11 November 2008 List Price $25.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

As the line between man an machine blurs, and computers become a part of us as well as a part of our lives, we take on their weaknesses and vulnerabilities as well as their strengths. When computer viruses start infesting VR researchers, causing them to lose their minds, the real question is who, or what has found them...and what does it want to do with them? Only a few scientists understand that the pervasive but seemingly harmless viral attacks on the web may be anything but, and VR researcher Doug Carey knows that there's no time for a peer review of his theories to stop what's coming.

From official release/information:

From back of book: Something demonic is stalking the brightest men and women in the computer industry. It attacks without warning or mercy, leaving its prey insane, comatose--or dead.

Something far nastier than any virus, worm, or Trojan horse program is being evolved in laboratory confinement by well-intentioned but misguided researchers. When their artificial life-form escapes onto the internet, no conventional defense against malicious software can begin to compete. As disasters multiply, computer scientist Doug Carey knows that unconventional measures may be civilization's last hope.

And that any artificial life-form learns very fast....

(Source: Tor Books)

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