Read this book in the 80’s or 90’s. Sci-fi fantasy set aboard a generational ship, people despair because life has no meaning. Suddenly mythical creatures start appearing and some children are kidnapped into a quest with them. Parents watch via virtual reality and can help kids on the quest by sending clues.

  • This is either a YA novel or something by Philip K. Dick.
    – Spencer
    Apr 21, 2020 at 15:54
  • Don’t think it was Phil..& I think more adult than YA as there were some sexy scenes in the book involving VR & some hot guys having a threesome with a lady security officer. Apr 21, 2020 at 16:50
  • see OP confirmation comment below
    – Otis
    Apr 21, 2020 at 17:36

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The Whims of Creation (1995) by Simon Hawkes?

From SFBookcase:

The Third Millennium: The multigenerational space ark, Agamemnon, is a perfect ecosystem, designed to support 100,000 human colonists and their descendants as they journey to a distant star system. But halfway through the voyage, something has gone drastically wrong.

Depression is rampant. Suicides are on the increase. And in a society where no one has ever heard of fairies, much less dwarves or unicorns or dragons, strange fantastic creatures have started to appear. How could this happen in the closed, controlled environment of the ark? Are they a threat to the humans? Can the elusive creatures reproduce?

As the baffled, frightened colonists search for answers, a young misfit named Ulysses stumbles upon a clue -- an alternative virtual reality within an interactive cybergame. A place where anything can happen, because the software is alive.

Can't confirm the three being kidnapped, but according to this Amazon review,

Three teenagers experience a different virtual reality simulation than the rest of their class.

Found by browsing this site for [story-identification] ship quest which returned, among others, Looking for a book set on a generationship and its duplicate-target Trying to track YA novel - virtual reality simulation aboard an interstellar generation ship; the links are taken from the answers to these questions.

  • This could be it...it’s awfully close. I’ll check it out thanks 😁 Apr 21, 2020 at 16:55
  • Thank you! I just read the sample & I think that’s it! You don’t know how long this has been bugging me! Years! I’ve read his Wizard books, so must have grabbed this one too. THANKS 💗 Apr 21, 2020 at 17:03

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