Restricted Fantasies

Restricted Fantasies

Are you living in a simulation?

If you aren’t now, you soon will be. The technology is fast approaching, and within our lifetimes the vast majority of humanity may be plugged into their own private worlds, living out dreams indistinguishable from reality.

It sounds like a paradise. But even paradise has its price.

Restricted Fantasies is a collection of short stories about lives lived inside and outside of virtual reality. The advent of simulated realities raises questions of philosophy and technology that drive at the core of our nature as humans—and in the tradition of classic sci-fi, the stories in this collection wrestle with these questions and with the shape of things to come.

You’ll meet a child protective services agent tasked with rescuing children being raised by Neo-Nazis in an illegal simulation of their own darkest fantasies.

You’ll meet a man who discovers the cheat code to our reality—and watch as it all goes horribly wrong.

You’ll go on a futuristic Rumspringa with an Amish woman who lives it up in virtual reality for a few years before deciding whether to go home to the last unplugged community on Earth.

You'll peek into the lives of virtual reality addicts, aliens, and mad billionaires.

And you’ll journey into Sim-Sing, a simulated prison with a very unpleasant jailer.

Whether you’re a fan of classic sci-fi or not, if you’ve ever wondered whether the things around you are real, whether The Matrix was just a movie, and where the line is between reality and fantasy, you’ll love this glimpse into a future that may yet come—and that may already be here.

Author Kevin Kneupper is an attorney and writer of various books, screenplays, and webcomics, including the bestselling They Who Fell series and Argonauts.

Title:Restricted Fantasies
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  • Zoeytron

    Copy furnished by Net Galley for the price of a review.Eleven short stories, each nested within the idea of simulated reality. The notion is that the present is the only reality, that memories can be ...

  • Dave

    Terrific set of shorts all connected by the theme of virtual reality and how reality and virtual reality blur. Some virtual realities are carefully constructed and trimmed and monitored. Others are pr...

  • Vicki

    Sci-fi is my least favorite genre so I wasn't crazy about this book of short stories; however, I didn't hate it either so that's improvement! The stories were varied with such titles as "Seven Minutes...

  • Michelle Only Wants to Read

    A collection of 11 short stories with the common theme of virtual reality. The blurb compares it to Black Mirror, and these are definitely the kind of stories that would make excellent material for th...

  • Dave Milbrandt

    I read a lot of sci-fi, and this was one of the first purely speculative fiction pieces I have read. Far from the typical blasters and 'bots, this is a great near-future commentary on our own times an...

  • Nicola Fantom

    What an amazing group of science fiction short stories, all centred on around the idea of virtual reality, not so much fiction these days. Definitely heading closer and closer to these worlds imagined...

  • Colin

    For what apears to be a self-published collection by a new author, this is better than you might expect, and Kneupper can certainly write in a brisk and engaging style. But there's a lack of variety i...

  • Ginger

    ARC received from the Publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.In summary: These were all stories challenging the reader with reality, or at least our perception of reality. It brought...

  • Brooke Banks

    Content Warning: One whole story is rescuing kids from a Nazi VR. It's very descriptive and disturbing. Another story is all about a prisoner who killed his girlfriend and daughter and his time in a f...

  • Amanda

    I received a free ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. For those who don’t know, NetGalley is a site that connects Authors and Publishers with readers by providing an Ad...