SF & Fantasy

Video: James Dashner & Video Games


dashner-eyeofmindsThe Eye of Minds by James Dashner is coming to bookstores soon!

I had the chance to meet James at the 2013 San Diego Comic Con. We met at the convention and then several of us got together in a more relaxing setting to discuss books, writing, and movies. It was great fun watching James, Terry Brooks, and Brandon Sanderson talk shop.

During the discussion, James talked about his upcoming movie, The Maze Runner, adapted from the bestselling novel of the same title. Then we talked about what he was working on now.

And it turns out, he is a gamer. Which informed his forthcoming new book, The Eye of Minds! Here is a bit more about it:

From James Dashner, the author of the New York Times bestselling Maze Runner series, comes an all-new, edge-of-your seat adventure. THE EYE OF MINDS is the first book in The Mortality Doctrine, a series set in a world of hyperadvanced technology, cyberterrorists, and gaming beyond your wildest dreams . . . and your worst nightmares.

Michael is a gamer. And like most gamers, he almost spends more time on the VirtNet than in the actual world. The VirtNet offers total mind and body immersion, and it’s addictive. Thanks to technology, anyone with enough money can experience fantasy worlds, risk their life without the chance of death, or just hang around with Virt-friends. And the more hacking skills you have, the more fun. Why bother following the rules when most of them are dumb, anyway?

But some rules were made for a reason. Some technology is too dangerous to fool with. And recent reports claim that one gamer is going beyond what any gamer has done before: he’s holding players hostage inside the VirtNet. The effects are horrific—the hostages have all been declared brain-dead. Yet the gamer’s motives are a mystery.

The government knows that to catch a hacker, you need a hacker.

And they’ve been watching Michael. They want him on their team. But the risk is enormous. If he accepts their challenge, Michael will need to go off the VirtNet grid. There are back alleys and corners in the system human eyes have never seen and predators he can’t even fathom—and there’s the possibility that the line between game and reality will be blurred forever.

James has been video interviewed about different facets of his writing life, his work, and his new book. Here is his latest, answering the question, “Do you play video games?”

The Eye of Minds by James Dashner will be published on October 8, 2013!

Get ready to game for your life!


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