By Ted Heller
In this dead-on satire of on-line obsessions, a novelist with writer’s block reveals a new—and very lucrative—stream of source of revenue in a digital international that looks to offer him every little thing he lacks within the genuine world.
When Frank Dixon, a annoyed author who has obvious his profession crash and burn, comes to a decision to dabble in on-line poker, he discovers he has a knack for profitable. during this newfound realm, populated through pleasing characters—each of them elusive, mysterious, and glamorous—he turns into a ruin luck: well known, wealthy, and enjoyed. Going by way of the identify Chip 0, he sees his fortunes and romantic liaisons thrive in our on-line world whereas he continues to be ignorant of the truth that his actual existence is sinking. His on-line good fortune, notwithstanding, doesn't come with no problems, as he involves discover that his “virtual” pals and fans are, in reality, very actual, and one rival participant isn't in any respect chuffed that Mr. 0 has taken all his money.
Heller’s cautionary story is consistently stunning and startlingly genuine, a travel de strength of satirical storytelling within the vein of Jonathan Tropper and Sam Lipsyte.