Author: HO Ching-Pin
Publisher: Aquarious Publishing Co., Ltd.
Published Date: 2011/09
In the science fiction novel “Last_year@alu.bar”, writer Ho, Ching-Pin explores this issue: If one day virtual sensation feels like the real thing, what would happen?
The main character is a virtual citizen of the virtual city of Babylon, nicknamed ‘Leave Me Alone’ (LMA). Ever since he launched his virtual life, he spends every night fooling around and drinking in a virtual bar, alu.bar. The alcohol reading taken when you enter the bar determines what the bartender serves you that night. A chip implanted beer mug will warn you if the beer has gone flat or loses its flavor. The yeast cells even greet and flirt with each other...
One day LMA has a romantic encounter with a long-haired girl, nicknamed ‘Remember Me Not’ (RMN), with a knife scar on her left cheek. LMA thinks he has found the world’s most perfect lover, but the scarred girl admits to him that she is not a person, but only a memory unit! A memory unit of a dead female killer who escaped from a Trojan program.
Hunted by virtual police, the two plan a grand escape. LMA goes to prison and kidnaps the number one courtesan of Babylon for RMN. To help her search for her memory before death, he even lends his “body” to her...
【About the Author】
Ho, Ching-Pin: these three words are the Taiwanese equivalent of “well-learned whiz”. In 1990, he won the Literary Award of China Time prize for best novel. He is like a “literary hacker”: writing with consistent execution, he breaks down and rewrites our definition of the novel. He uses such light narrative, wise metaphors and clever story-telling skills to connect a novel to the real life. What’s even rarer, who knows how much faster Ho, Ching-Pin drinks and thinks than he writes, and yet his novels hold life lessons for readers to ponder. His works include Story of Speed and Last_year@alu.bar.
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