This is Not a Game

Dagmar Shaw Thrillers

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Walter Jon Williams
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“Walter Jon Williams is a visionary of tremendous power and originality . . . He kills every damn time.”

    --Junot Díaz, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Brief, Wonderful Life of Oscar Wao

When you play one of Dagmar’s online games, you can’t just shut down the computer and walk away.  The games pursue you into real life: you start getting emails and phone calls from fictional characters, perfect strangers ask you to help solve their problems, and sometimes you’re asked to volunteer for a mission to discover a vital clue.

But now something is pursuing Dagmar. 

From the anarchy of a street riot in Indonesia to the brutality of a Mafia killing in Los Angeles, from the seedy glitz of Hollywood to the ruthless international currency market, Dagmar finds herself at the center of an intrigue far more desperate than those she devises for entertainment.

And somehow, she knows, the key to the puzzle lies in her own past, and the gaming group she joined in college. 

Dagmar must draw on all her skill to defeat the nightmare that pursues her, not the least of which is her circle of online gamers whose well-honed puzzle-solving skills may be necessary to preserve her life.

This Is Not a Game.  And there is no Second Life.

 “Williams (The Rift) weaves intriguing questions about games, gamers and their relationships with real life into this well-paced near-future thriller.”  --Publisher’s Weekly (starred review)

 “This Is Not a Game is a compelling mystery, one that threateningly demands—like a militant nun, ruler in hand, your knuckles spread before her—for you to continue, to finish. Stopping, it’s not an option. It’s not even a thought. You turn the pages of the book not just to get answers, but to get the questions, also. And neither disappoint. There is no letdown, no clumsy resolution, no descent into lameness. Everything works, the story coming together beautifully like a well-played game of chess, Williams maneuvering the reader, skillfully. Like a pawn. A very happy pawn.    –Paul Stotts

“Williams, from his own experience, knows how these games work and how the participants react, and the result is that This Is Not a Game succeeds only as a suspense novel, but as an incisive portrait of a subculture for whom reality is increasingly contingent, and increasingly mediated.”  --Gary Wolfe, Locus

“Combines droll satire, cyber-fu knowingness, ingenious extrapolation, social commentary, and techno-thriller suspense.”  --SciFiWire.com

 “[An] eerily prophetic thriller.”--- SFX

 

 

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About the author

Walter Jon Williams is an award-winning author who has been listed on the best-seller lists of the New York Times and the Times of London.  He is the author of twenty-seven novels and three collections of short fiction. 

His first novel to attract serious public attention was Hardwired (1986), described by Roger Zelazny as "a tough, sleek juggernaut of a story, punctuated by strobe-light movements, coursing to the wail of jets and the twang of steel guitars."  In 2001 he won a Nebula Award for his novelette, “Daddy’s World,” and won again in 2005 for “The Green Leopard Plague.”

He has also written for George RR Martin's Wild Cards project.

His latest work is Quillifer, a epic fantasy.

Walter has also written for comics, the screen, and for television, and has worked in the gaming field.  He was a writer for the alternate reality game Last Call Poker, and has scripted the mega-hit Spore.

 

 

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Walter Jon Williams
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Published on
Oct 15, 2017
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Pages
255
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ISBN
9780997090444
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Science Fiction / General
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“Walter Jon Williams is a visionary of tremendous power and originality . . . He kills every damn time.”

                                    --Junot Díaz, Pulitzer Prize-winning author

Dagmar Shaw is back in Hollywood, with a plan to lasso a series of emerging technologies into a revolutionary new form of entertainment.

Sean Makin is a washed-up child actor clinging to life on reality television, until Dagmar offers him the chance to be a star.

Sean’s past, however, holds the darkest of secrets, and now it looks as if that secret threatens to break loose in a new cycle of violence and murder.

Sean’s determined to succeed, even if the path to stardom is splashed with blood.  But the ultimate secret is Dagmar’s, and Sean has to decide how much to pay in order to find out what’s on the other side of the fourth wall.

“ . . . the blending of mystery-thriller, SF, and traditional Hollywood-story elements is hugely successful. It’s one of those ambitious, genre-bending books in which you keep seeing, as you read, ways the story could fall apart under its own weight—but it never does. Surely the best of the Dagmar Shaw series and one of the author’s finest novels.”  --Booklist (starred review)

“This is an ambitious novel, blending elements of science fiction, thriller and Hollywood epic into one wildly inventive narrative. It’s the kind of genre-bender that you can spend a lot of time trying to describe, or you can simply say: go read it, right now.”  --David Pitt, Winnipeg Free Press

 

“Walter Jon Williams is a visionary of tremendous power and originality . . . He kills every damn time.”

                                    --Junot Díaz, Pulitzer Prize-winning author

Dagmar Shaw is back in Hollywood, with a plan to lasso a series of emerging technologies into a revolutionary new form of entertainment.

Sean Makin is a washed-up child actor clinging to life on reality television, until Dagmar offers him the chance to be a star.

Sean’s past, however, holds the darkest of secrets, and now it looks as if that secret threatens to break loose in a new cycle of violence and murder.

Sean’s determined to succeed, even if the path to stardom is splashed with blood.  But the ultimate secret is Dagmar’s, and Sean has to decide how much to pay in order to find out what’s on the other side of the fourth wall.

“ . . . the blending of mystery-thriller, SF, and traditional Hollywood-story elements is hugely successful. It’s one of those ambitious, genre-bending books in which you keep seeing, as you read, ways the story could fall apart under its own weight—but it never does. Surely the best of the Dagmar Shaw series and one of the author’s finest novels.”  --Booklist (starred review)

“This is an ambitious novel, blending elements of science fiction, thriller and Hollywood epic into one wildly inventive narrative. It’s the kind of genre-bender that you can spend a lot of time trying to describe, or you can simply say: go read it, right now.”  --David Pitt, Winnipeg Free Press

 

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