The Moon Maze Game by Larry Niven
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The Year: 2085.  Humanity has spread throughout the solar system.  A stable lunar colony is agitating for independence.  Lunar tourism is on the rise...

Against this background, professional “Close Protection” specialist Scotty Griffin, fresh off a disastrous assignment, is offered the opportunity of a lifetime: to shepherd the teenaged heir to the Republic of Kikaya on a fabulous vacation.  Ali Kikaya will participate in the first live action role playing game conducted on the Moon itself.  Having left Luna--and a treasured marriage--years ago due to a near-tragic accident, Scotty leaps at the opportunity.

Live Action Role Playing attracts a very special sort of individual: brilliant, unpredictable, resourceful, and addicted to problem solving.  By kidnapping a dozen gamers in the middle of the ultimate game, watched by more people than any other sporting event in history, they have thrown down an irresistible gauntlet: to “win” the first game that ever became “real.”  Pursued by armed and murderous terrorists, forced to solve gaming puzzles to stay a jump ahead, forced to juggle multiple psychological realities as they do...this is the game for which  they’ve prepared  their entire lives, and they are going to play it for all it’s worth.

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About Larry Niven

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LARRY NIVEN is the multiple Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author of the Ringworld series, along with many other science fiction masterpieces. His Beowulf's Children, coauthored with Jerry Pournelle and Steven Barnes, was a New York Times bestseller. He lives in Chatsworth, California. EDWARD M. LERNER, a physicist and computer scientist, toiled in the vineyards of high tech for thirty years as everything from engineer to senior vice president. Then suitably intoxicated, he began writing full time. Lerner lives in Virginia with his wife, Ruth.
Published August 16, 2011 by Tor Books. 368 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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From the authors of Dream Park (2010, etc.), a sort of thriller set in 2085 within a Live Action Role Playing game staged on the Moon.

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Niven and Barnes revive their long-running Dream Park series (after 1992's The California Voodoo Game), set in a future when live action role-playing is a reality TV sensation.

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Nonetheless, this series of books has been hailed as “extremely influential science fiction” according to publisher Tor Books, so it is safe to assume that the hordes of gamers hooked on role-play gaming in general, and this series in particular, will find an un-put-down-able quality between the ...

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It melded action and adventure with live-action holographic role-playing games (RPGs) set in the eponymous Dream Park, a sort of Disney World for world-level gamers to actually participate in the fantasy scenarios they had hitherto played on game boards.

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