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When I was in my late twenties, I got all hepped up about virtual reality (VR). I was writing Daughter of the Moon at the time and started doing research. Now, this was in the late 80s, so VR implementation was a very new thing. It was a lot more theory than practice. I went to a seminar where Jaron Lanier was a panelist. He later went on to develop VR equipment. During that panel discussion, audience members were allowed to ask questions, and I did, of course. I got enough answers to make my novel realistic-seeming, and especially so since the book takes place in the future.

Recently, I used some of those concepts, sans kludgy goggles and gauntlets, to form the basis for Romantek’s dream universe. It’s really a VR landscape, where dreamers get to experience situations that don’t take place in real life, including meeting computer constructs, existing in different time periods, and enjoying different sensual pleasures (like unfamiliar food).

I love the VR aspects of things like Star Trek’s holodeck, the potential of Google Glass, and even the VR parts of Immersion (a new term of art for VR). Here’s an article about what’s happening today with Immersion. The whole thing excites the heck out of me.

How about you? Do you think you’d ever like to experience virtual reality?

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  1. I’m not sure I would like that. I tend to like things just as they are.

  2. I’m not sure exciting and a bit scary.

  3. I would love to play in VR and hope to do so. In the meanwhile, I get to experience it through your books and others. Your understanding of the process and how you brink it to life in your book is amazing and it’s fun to go for the ride. Will your earlier books ever become available?
    ie:Daughter of the Moon.

    • Thanks for your interest in my older books, Laurel! During my recent vacation (I’m at the airport right now, on my way home), I started revising Laricon’s Ways. Laricon’s Ways is a sci-fi M/f/f romance, set on the moon, Titan. There is a blurb on this site. In its current state, it would not be considered a spanking romance, but that might change as I revise. I plan to self-publish it later this summer.

  4. Kathy Heare Watts

    I think in a way, reading is a VR, because we can immerse ourselves into a story and imagine and visualize as we read! I read every day, even if it is only a few chapters, but average 5-6 books a week, I’ve read over 150 already this year! Reading can take you back in time, Regency, Wild West, or it can take you into the future. I’ve read Charlotte & the Pirate and enjoyed the story concept!

  5. I love the concept of VR and can’t wait for it to be more mainstream and of course more affordable. Great article you linked to!

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