Book Review: A letter for New Release of The Sensory Deception by Random W. Stevens




The premise for my second novel, The Sensory Deception just released by 47North, is based on the relationship between the senses and the mind applied to virtual reality. The idea came from an article I read about a polar bear that washed up on an Iceland beach, exhausted from weeks staying afloat, he was shot by police. I wondered: What if people could experience firsthand what that bear went through?

Neuroscience experiments demonstrate that Virtual Reality alters people’s feelings, even their politics. But how can a person experience the life of an animal? Sensory saturation comes from something we’ve all experienced: panic. When you’re in an emergency situation, your awareness focuses on right now; no more than a second ahead or behind. If we could keep the here and now but remove the panic, you’d find yourself in the state of mind of intelligent nonlinguistic animals.

By recording the experiences of wild animals, that polar bear, a bird of prey, and a sperm whale, and then recreating them with transducer-driven immersive virtual reality, Si Valley scientist and entrepreneur, Farley Rutherford and his team—migraine-tortured neurologist “Chopper” Vittori and über-geek engineer Ringo Hayes—have a product that they believe can save the world.

The Sensory Deception is a mind-blowing, globe-trotting ride that will take you from cut-throatSilicon Valley boardrooms to the pirate ships off the Somali coast to burning rain forests of the Amazon. Idealism might just be the most dangerous game of all.

The science behind The sensory Deception appears in my EDN-sponsored blog, Measure of Things; where you’ll also find a little quantum physics, some neuroscience, and a simple global warming calculation.

Available on paper, audio (recorded by voice actor Jeff Cummings), and in ebook at the Kindle Store (remember, the Kindle app puts it on your phone/pad/tab/lap, too) and at the finest bricks-and-mortar store in Silicon Valley: Kepler’s Books.

And, of course, at Amazon, and everywhere you like to buy your books!

Thanks for your help.

With gratitude and warmth,



Ransom W. Stephens

twitting @ransomstephensLinkedIn, Facebook, and all that stuff.



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