Tea From An Empty Cup by Pat Cadigan

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"How can you drink tea from an empty cup?"

That ancient Zen riddle holds the key to a baffling mystery: a young man found with his throat slashed while locked alone in a virtual reality parlor.

The secret of this enigmatic death lies in an apocalyptic cyberspace shadow-world where nothing is certain, and even one's own identity can change in an instant.

About Pat Cadigan

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Pat Cadigan is the author of numerous acclaimed short stories, and three novels, Mindplayers (1987), Synners (1991) and Fools (1992), These last are both winners of the Arthur C. Clarke Award .for the best novel of the year. A self-described "cybermom," Cadigan recently moved from Kansas City to London, England, where she lives with her son, Bob, and husband, author Chris Fowler.
Published August 15, 1998 by Tor Books. 256 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Konstantin, though a novice and completely out of her depth, is also forced to enter AR in order to develop new information.

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Although neither Konstantin nor Yuki know of each other's existence, both have entered a dark world of online sexual perversion, and both are in deadly danger.

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The avante-garde stylings of the novel failed to make up for a less than gripping story, and left fans wondering when she would write another novel that lived up to the promise of Synners and her many excellent short stories.

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A young woman named Yuki plunges into AR in search of her missing friend, who may -- or may not -- be the man found dead in an AR booth.

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