Emergence is the story of high school senior, John Clayton, who is desperate to escape his dead-end, small town life. When John lifts a military prototype virtual reality helmet from the scene of a freeway accident, he gets more than he bargained for. Instead of just experiencing another high-tech toy, John discovers that the helmet’s AI programming has unlocked the door to his subconscious mind, generating an emergent life form based on the power of his unconscious desires. As the entity grows it consumes more processing power, bringing the defense network to its knees.
The military traces the stolen helmet to John's small town and starts a door-to-door search. Meanwhile, John faces a growing Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde schism as his obsession with the virtual world begins to eclipse reality and his mind becomes part of the machine.
- 50000 words
- About 200 pages
6 (1 rating)