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Virtual worlds, as opposed to fantasy worlds, are typically environments that are created by computer technology into which people from the real world can be immersed in. These can range from holodeck type experiences (physical manifestation) to directed mental imagery (such as in The Matrix).

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Does Star Wars have the technology for Matrix-style simulations?

I was watching a video from the Youtube channel, Modern Day Eratosthenes and the Youtuber gave an example of Star Wars style prosthetics as the technology necessary to create a simulated reality like ...
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Sci-fi novel with a side character who created children within virtual reality and whose human life/body wasted away

I’ve been trying to remember what book this is from for years and I have not been able to figure it out. This isn’t the main character of the book but more of a cautionary tale/side character, perhaps ...
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Were the President and/or Marta actually more intelligent than Morty?

I think it is clear that the Morty "shards" are more like a merger between the game's view of the original NPC and Morty -- if they were only one five billionth of Marty's intellect, they ...
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Story where people spend their retirement immersed in a virtual world

I read this short story or novella in the 90s, I think it was part of an anthology. It features a retirement home where the residents have their brains wired, Matrix-style, into an elaborate virtual ...
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Teen novel blurring the line between virtual gaming and reality

I am trying to identify a book I read in my teens. It was most likely released around the mid 2000s to mid 2010s if I remember correctly. I remember that the main character was a male lead who moves ...
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Virtual Reality Manhwa with a weak MC with the dragon slayer class

I'm trying to find the title of a manhwa I read a year or two back - here's what I remember about it: It is a Virtual Reality themed manhwa. The MC is weak and is repeatedly killed by a newbie ...
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Book featuring digital Artificial Life, virtual reality using idle compute cycles

In the early to mid 90's I recall reading a book where a computer scientist is asked to create a virtual reality for life to exist after death, using the idle cycles of networked computers from around ...
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Sci-fi, mid-grade/YA novel about a girl in a wheelchair beta testing the world's first fully immersive VR program

I read this book when I was nine or ten, so back in the late 90s (no idea if it was new then, but probably based on the subject matter), and I really want to try to find it and recommend it if I can. ...
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Movie where the protagonist wakes up as a female character completely nude and finds armor to put on and a sword in virtual reality

The scene has a very warm orange tint lighting. The protagonist is a guy that visits a virtual reality world but wakes up in a blonde female avatar/body completely naked on a canopy bed with several ...
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Dystopian Science Fiction story about virtual reality (called being hooked-up) from the 1960's-70's [duplicate]

Trying to identify this story for an acquaintance. They read it in the late 1970's, they were not sure if it was a novel or part of an anthology. They think it was published sometime in the 1960's or ...
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Short story, probably in Asimov's magazine in the early 2000s - rehabilitation through simulated reality; success is not killing anyone

In this story, a man gets irritated by someone he encounters, and kills them, easily (perhaps just by wishing them dead). It turns out that he is being rehabilitated for his violent tendencies - if he ...
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Manhwa where the main character is in a game world and gets into a fight with a bigger group, because of a "fishing spot"

The fishing spot was some kind of event and everyone fought over it as soon as they understood its value. He could get different stuff from there if he caught a golden fish. Only a few attempts per ...
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Manga/webcomic about two grandpas using VR to meet as anime girls and then falling in love

Both grandpas have cute anime girl models, one with more normal eyes and the other with droopy eyes, which matches him IRL. They go on adventures in the VR world and fall in love and get married in VR....
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Movie or episode of a TV series about a virtual prison that’s only revealed at the end

I have vague memory about a movie or episode where someone was trapped in a fantasy driven nightmare like hellscape scenario similar to the movie The Cell and has to fight someone there or help ...
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Short story about murder investigation featuring virtual reality

I am trying to find a sci-fi short story I read in early 2010s. The story took place in a futuristic setting on Earth, where highly realistic virtual reality was developed. People could connect into ...
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Trying to find a book I read around 2008. It’s a sci-fi dystopia with a green holographic cover of a man jumping and a city behind him

I read a book around 2008. It has a green holographic cover showing a guy in a city. The plot is: virtual reality has everyone addicted to the point they are obese and with bad health problems but ...
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Book about illiterate poet hobo travelling around a future "utopia" world controlled by an AI

Once more, I'm on a hunt for a sci-fi book which I read many many years ago. Aside from the plot, one thing I remember is that it had a painted cover similar to that favoured by Baen/Roc/etc. ...
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2015ish Netflix cartoon with a group of kids who enter a portal in a computer and find a girl trapped in there

Okay, so when I was younger I used to watch this animated kids show, this was probably around 2015-19 where a group of kids find this computer, one I'm 90% was in a wheelchair, and all the other kids ...
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Sci Fi novel about humanity being trapped in a VR universe by an AI... with murder parties [duplicate]

I recently read Scott Barlett's Unsung book, which reminded me of a book I've been trying to track back down for a few decades. Essentially, it was an ebook (which I think was self-published on the ...
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1950s short story about a man awakening from suspended animation in the near future roughly the same and gets lobotomized, then gets a VR future [duplicate]

This short story found in an anthology from the 1960s has a man accidentally placed in suspended animation, possibly from a dental anesthetic gone wrong, and wakes a generation in the future. He ...
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Trying to locate science fiction story about virtual romance based on Weizenbaum's Eliza

I'm trying to identify a story that appeared in a magazine late 1960s early 1970s, in which the protagonist is having a romance (mediated by some form of electronic communication) with a woman. ...
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A cyberpunk novel where hackers take companies hostages, each for a moderate amount, but there are problems

This story is not very old, definitely less than 20 years, so it is not the same as 1970s novel about computer hackers extorting a city though the theme is the same. But it is not just a city. I think ...
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Teen boy going into some virtual reality place (Christian novel, late 90s')

I vaguely remember reading this when I was a kid. It was probably around the same section as the Frank Peretti 'Cooper Kids' series. It would have been a series of 'Christian' teen novels. My ...
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Trying to find a sci-fi book series about getting stuck in VR

So I'm trying to find a Sci fi book series from when I was younger (probably about 12 years ago) although the book was already pretty old before I get hold of it (I'd estimate a late 90's / early ...
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Novel about virtual reality with a recurring setting of Sherwood Forest

This was one I figured out with searches from details elicited in the asking, but posting it because this isn't the first time I've searched for it. It was a paperback novel, standard size, and had a ...
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Virtual reality movie where they upload after death the consciousness into the cloud

The virtual world is an escape for an old lady before she dies and she goes to party in a young avatar of herself. Then she meets with the main male character and he chases her thought several virtual ...
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Virtual Reality simulation of heaven Story ID

The main character runs a virtual reality business. A man comes to him and want him to create a simulation of heaven. He says that he wants people to experience it so that they would be better ...
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Augmented Reality Novel from the 2010s where reality is blurred

I read this book in the early 2010s (maybe 2012?) in the UK. I believe I bought it new in hardback from a bookshop so it was newly released at the time. It opens and closes in a train station with a ...
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British Virtual Reality story from 1990s or early 2000s

The story I am trying to rediscover was set in a future London where virtually everyone had been recreated in a Virtual Reality version of the city, overlaid on the physical city, but there was a ...
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Film about a man playing a virtual reality game who finds a woman that he falls in love with [closed]

The film is about a man that lives in an apartment, he is constantly playing a virtual reality game. The majority of the film is him in the game. He finds a woman in the game that he falls in love ...
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Cartoon: 4 kids transform into video game characters to save the world from a hacker and an evil program

There are 4 friends: 2 girls and 2 boys who play video games. A virus program escapes and, with the help of a programmer boy, transforms the world into a video game. But a good program in a white robe ...
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90s sci-fi series with an episode where a boy goes into VR and fights a Medusa-like monster

I am looking for an animated series, shown in the 90s. I remember an episode where the boy went into VR and fought a medusa-like monster. It may be that this was the premise for the whole series: ...
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Scifi novel with Voltaire and Joan of Arc as virtual characters. Focus on philosophy

This was a novel set in the far-future. Definitely written in the last 20 years. I remember that the author had an exceptional understanding of philosophy and literature and a really strong vocabulary....
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Book I read in the 70's or 80's; I think the title was "The * mask" [duplicate]

The book was a fantasy book about a group of people working together and at the end you discover that they are all crew mates on a spaceship and the life they were living out was really a virtual ...
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Book set in a medieval VR world where the main character goes to the physical server to play for a better connection

I remember reading the book about 15 years ago. It was full immersion VR in a medieval setting. I've looked at a number of potential matches such as, Killobyte or Heir Apparent and they don't ring a ...
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YA Sci-fi novel about a girl who can enter VR without a suit

I think I read this back in the late '90s or early 2000s. I don't remember the plot at all, but there are a few bits and pieces that stick in my mind: Part of the book takes place in the real world, ...
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Book about a future world where people could live in a VR world and become famous from it

I read this book a while back and probably found it in the young adult section of my library. The plot revolved around a future world where people could live in VR and earn money become famous. It ...
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Cartoon in which a group of teenagers fight a humanoid bug inside a virtual version of their city [duplicate]

I'm looking for a cartoon. As I can remember, the story follows a group of teenagers under the guidance of a virtual, priest or monk-like man in white clothes (who always appears on a big monitor), ...
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Trying to recall a sci-fi book about elitists uploading their mind into computer to gain immortality [duplicate]

I vaguely remember reading this book in which there was an elitist group trying to gain immortality by uploading themselves into a computer(simulation). Each created their own world. Our hero somehow ...
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Online story about virtual pets and a woman who crusades to save them

I remember the main protagonist being female. She works with artificial intelligences in a virtual world, which I think was a bit like Second Life. There are no ways to build an artificial ...
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Sci-Fi book in which a guy travels a virtual reality world along with friends

I remember only some of the parts to the book and it will sound kind of weird, but, I really want to figure out what book it was. Some of the parts I remember are, a guy is in a virtual reality type ...
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Anime/cartoon with kids battling with robots in a game

So I watched this as a kid, best guess was around the early 2000’s. It was dubbed in Cantonese so the actual show might be older. The show follows a couple of kids and some professor type character. ...
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1990s novel about a man trapped in simulated historic New York

I read this in the late 1990s and I think it was fairly contemporary then. Some things I recall: The protagonist is part of the company that makes virtual reality simulations. Somehow he gets trapped ...
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Cheesy YA novel about global VR MMORPG fantasy world

I'm trying to remember a book I picked up around 2014, the copy seemed reasonably worn but it could have been recent. The story centred on a teenage boy who spent all his time in a worldwide VR MMORPG....
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Cartoon where the characters enter a virtual world where disabled father regains walking ability

I remember this one cartoon show on Cartoon Network, probably around year 2000. There are some characters, but I remember his father was handicapped; he could not walk. They can all enter a virtual ...
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Die in the game, die in real life

I am looking for some help identifying a short film that I watched a couple years back. I have tried to track it down, but have been unsuccessful. I remember watching a short film about some kids/...
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Book about 4 people stuck in a virtual fantasy game world

I read a sci-fi book maybe 15 years ago I can't find. It was older, from the 90's or 80's. It was about some people who were very good at RPG fantasy games or video games and were asked by this rich ...
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YA book about brother and sister in virtual reality

I remember reading a YA book about 10-15 years ago about a brother and sister playing a VR game. I think the brother started first and needed help from the sister but it could have been the other way ...
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Computer simulation of a battle of the Crusades. In perhaps the first cyberpunk anthology

I'm looking for a short story that describes a battle of the Crusades. After the description of the battle (perhaps Battle of Ascalon? Crusaders on the march defeat an Islamic army in the open?) it is ...
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Cartoon where guys from junkyard become transformed cars

What is the name of this cartoon I've been trying to find for years? It starts in a junkyard with these guys (teens, I think) - they go out and get into these junk cars and turn the ignition switch, ...
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