By John Brunner
Battle hero, jet-setter, gourmet--Godwin Harpinshield was once all of these and extra; his lifestyles was once a online game performed one of the attractive humans whose repute, wealth and tool set them above the legislations, and past the legislation of nature. as a result of an easy discount that each one the attractive humans made, Godwin's each hope used to be his for the asking. Seduced by way of luxurious, Godwin by no means doubted his fortune, by no means questioned approximately his mysterious patrons.
Then the sport became ugly.
Suddenly, the ante was once raised and the sport was once genuine. The stakes have been his destiny, his sanity and, almost certainly, his very soul. All Godwin Harpinshield needed to realize used to be: What have been the principles of the sport? And who--or what--were the opposite avid gamers?
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