In a slightly alternate world the minds of teen offenders are uploaded into computers for rehabilitation--a form of virtual wilderness therapy. Zach is a homo cognoscens, one of the new humans who can enter the virtual Fulgrid. Though still a high school student, he is indentured to the Fulgur Corporation as a counsellor. Laura is a homosapiens. Their story is part odyssey, part tragedy, part riff on the nature of consciousness.
Bracing himself against the wind, Zach gets to his feet without a thought for direction or destination. In the white forever of this place, there is no lantern to light the dark and bitter woods of memory. Even the croak' ers would find little use for such knotted timber.
Do you hear me? he shouts full volume in his mind. Nothing worth felling.
He angles into the blowin...