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Forced Conversion

DON'T MISS IT!

"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."

 

Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo and Nebula winning author

GAMER APPROVED!

"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!"

Ed Greenwood, creator of The Forgotten Realms

ABOUT THIS NOVEL


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 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: “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…Highly recommended!”

ABOUT DONALD J. BINGLE


Donald J. Bingle is the author of a variety of thriller novels:  Forced Conversion (Five Star), a near future military scifi thriller; GREENSWORD (Five Star), a darkly comedic eco-thriller; Net Impact (Alliteration Ink), a new kind of spy thriller for a new kind of world; Frame Shop, a mystery thriller set in a suburban writers’ group; and (with Jean Rabe) The Love-Haight Case Files, an urban fantasy thriller about lawyers representing the rights of supernatural creatures in a magic-filled San Francisco. In addition, he has more than fifty shorter works published in anthologies, magazines, and collections in the thriller, horror, science fiction, fantasy, mystery, steampunk, romance, comedy, and memoir genres. Many of his previously published stories (and a few new ones) have been collected by subject in his Writer on Demand series, which includes: Tales of Gamers and Gaming: Tales of Humorous Horror; Tales Out of Time; Grim, Fair e-Tales; Tales of an Altered Past Powered by Romance, Horror, and Steam; Not-So-Heroic Fantasy; and Shadow Realities. Don is a full member of the International Thriller Writers, Horror Writers Association, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, and International Association of Media Tie-In Writers. He is a frequent panelist at various conventions and programs, including the GenCon Writers’ Symposium and Origins Game Fair Library. He was the world’s top-ranked player of classic roleplaying game tournaments for about fifteen years. More about Don and his writing can be found at www.donaldjbingle.com.