Forced Conversion

Forced Conversion What if you had to chose between reality and virtual reality Everyone can have heaven any heaven they want but some people don t want to go Mankind has largely retreated to the realms of virtual rea

  • Title: Forced Conversion
  • Author: Donald J. Bingle
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 421
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • What if you had to chose between reality and virtual reality Everyone can have heaven, any heaven they want, but some people don t want to go.Mankind has largely retreated to the realms of virtual reality, where resources are unlimited and the problems of the real world violence, conflict, sickness, and pain can all be avoided Unfortunately, those who stay behind in theWhat if you had to chose between reality and virtual reality Everyone can have heaven, any heaven they want, but some people don t want to go.Mankind has largely retreated to the realms of virtual reality, where resources are unlimited and the problems of the real world violence, conflict, sickness, and pain can all be avoided Unfortunately, those who stay behind in the real world pose the only risk to the immortality of those who have converted to virtual existence.Derek, a soldier in the Conversion Forces ConFoes , seeks to enforce the Mandatory Conversion Act on the remaining mals malcontent Luddites, gangbangers, and religious fanatics He just wants to put in his time and join his family on one of the virtual worlds But until then, he is forced to deal with his psychotic squad mates, the increasingly brutal tactics of the ConFoes, and a mal ambush And that s just the beginning of his journey.While most speculative and science fiction deals with worlds transformed by technological advance, Forced Conversion highlights the troubling and chaotic process of that transformation, itself It combines the adrenaline soaked action of military fiction with the extrapolation of current scientific trends of the best speculative fiction, while dealing with the moral and religious implications of both war and technology.When Moore s Law meets God s Law, the result is forced conversion.Says Robert J Sawyer, Hugo and Nebula Award Winning Author Visceral, bloody and one hell of a page turner Bingle tackles the philosophical issues surrounding uploaded consciousness in a fresh, exciting way This is the debut of a major novelist don t miss it Says Ed Greenwood, Creator of The Forgotten Realms and Author of the bestselling Elminster novels I loved it Many writers have explored hard hitting and brutal possible futures for Earth, and told colorful tales of people trying to stay alive in them, but few have brought such imagined futures as vividly to life as Don Bingle and no other book I can think of examines how and why such a future might just happen as well as FORCED CONVERSION does or provides half the breath catching twists and turns of Bingle s yarn A good read of the old school, coupled with all too plausible reasons for everything A grim warning and a fast action adventure tale, all in one Highly recommended Best known as the world s top ranked player of classic role playing games for fifteen years, Donald J Bingle is an oft published author in the science fiction, fantasy, horror, thriller, steampunk, romance, and comedy genres, with three published novels Forced Conversion GREENSWORD Net Impact and about thirty stories, primarily in DAW themed anthologies and tie in anthologies, including stories in Carnage Consequences, The Crimson Pact, Steampunk d, Imaginary Friends, Fellowship Fantastic, Zombie Raccoons and Killer Bunnies, Time Twisters, Front Lines, Slipstreams, Gamer Fantastic, Transformers Legends, Search for Magic Dragonlance , If I Were An Evil Overlord, Blue Kingdoms Mages Magic, Civil War Fantastic, Future Americas, All Hell Breaking Loose, The Dimension Next Door, Sol s Children, Historical Hauntings, and Fantasy Gone Wrong.His story Gentlemanly Horrors of Mine Alone was the ninth story in Mike Stackpole s Chain Story Project.Also available, his award winning short memoir, Father s Day Donald J Bingle is a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, the International Association of Media Tie In Writers, the GenCon Writers Symposium, and the St Charles Writers Group.

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    1. Donald J. Bingle

      Donald J Bingle sometimes credited as Don Bingle is the author of Frame Shop, a mystery thriller set in a suburban writers group, Net Impact, a spy thriller which incorporates real world conspiracy theories, GREENSWORD, a dark comedy about global warming, and Forced Conversion, a military science fiction novel set in the near future He is also the co author with Jean Rabe of The Love Haight Case Files, an urban fantasy about the legal rights of supernatural creatures in a magical San Francisco He has also written a variety of short fiction in the fantasy, science fiction, horror, and comedy genres, and also in gaming material, including stories in the Dragonlance and Transformers universes and in a variety of DAW themed anthologies Many of his published stories have been collected by theme in his Writer on Demand TM series He was the world s top ranked player of RPGA Classic roleplaying game tournaments from 1985 2000.

    117 thoughts on “Forced Conversion”

    1. Overall thoughtsWhile I was intrigued by the initial premise of the book, I felt somewhat disappointed while actually reading it. Although I liked reading the book, it felt like there were certain aspects that, in my opinion, were largely unexplored, and others that were incredibly pushed into the story. In this respect, something that felt incredibly persistent and obligated to the reader was a religious perspective from some of the characters. This may bother certain readers. In my case, some [...]


    2. Forced Conversion, by Donald J. Bingle, is a compelling read. I know it’s fiction, but it has us from page one, where we’re pinned down behind a splintering Ponderosa pine right along with Derek, whose life never seems to change despite the intense action. Although we can differentiate the other characters within minutes, the standout is Maria Casini—the best female character I’ve encountered in a long time. I also appreciate the fact that Bingle never takes the obvious route with relati [...]


    3. I haven't listed a star rating, as this is my own book. I am also the author of two other thrillers, Net Impact (a spy thriller than mixes cutting-edge technology and real-world conspiracy theories) and GREENSWORD: A Tale of Extreme Global Warming (a darkly humorous eco-thriller), as well as numerous short stories in the science fiction, fantasy, horror, thriller, steampunk, romance, and comedy genres in numerous anthologies and in my Writer on Demand collections.



    4. Interesting premise and a relatively well developed plot and characters. Suffered from a bit of predictability, especially as twists start to show up towards the end, but still an enjoyable read.


    5. I thought this book sounded amazing when I started it. The idea is a nice twist on the post-apocalyptic setting that we see so frequently. (What about the people who are left behind when everyone else goes away?) Sadly, the book fails in execution.The writing it very slow. The author is descriptive, but rather than adding to the world, it makes it feel like the book is going nowhere. There is very little world building beyond what is in the description. We learn a little about why most of humani [...]



    6. Full disclosure: I'm a friend of Donald J. Bingle, and have published one of his books.Forced Conversion plays to Donald Bingle's strengths. He is excellent at taking situations and finding both the problems that nobody's ever thought of yet as well as the solutions to those problems.The setup is pretty straightforward. In the near future, we've figured out how to upload consciousness (often, though wrongly, treated as synonymous with the Singularity). Most of the world's population has. But the [...]


    7. In a future not too far removed from now, the technology of virtual worlds has been perfected to the point that people, minds, can be digitized and given a choice of their own particular paradise. There are those that rebel against this idea as unholy and abominable because of religious belief that it either destroys or imprisons the soul in a computerized purgatory whose only escape can be a damning virtual suicide. The majority of humanity sees it as the answer to all problems of want, and thu [...]


    8. Donald J. Bingle, AB'76, JD'79 AuthorFrom the author: "Mankind has largely retreated to the realms of virtual reality, where resources are unlimited and the problems of the world can all be avoided. Unfortunately, those who stay behind in the real world pose the only risk to the immortality of those who have converted to virtual existence. Derek, a soldier in the Conversion Forces (ConFoes), seeks to enforce the Mandatory Conversion Act on the remaining mals (malcontent Luddites, gangbangers, an [...]


    9. Forced Conversion is a fast-paced novel of a not-too-distant future that will scare the gigabytes out of you. With no apologies, author Donald Bingle drops the reader into the middle of a Rocky Mountain landscape, tracking insurgents with a team of heavily-armed soldiers. They are ConFoes, conversion forces, tracking down religious zealots and malcontents through the rugged terrain. Their mission is the forced conversion of these last humans to resist being digitized and downloaded into virtual [...]


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