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The Dueling Machine

The Dueling Machine by Ben Bova
By: (1932-)

The Dueling Machine is the solution to settling disputes without injury. After you and your opponent select weapons and environments you are injected into an artificial reality where you fight to the virtual death… but no one actually gets hurt. That is, until a warrior from the Kerak Empire figures a way to execute real-world killings from within the machine. Now its inventor Dr. Leoh has to prevent his machine from becoming a tool of conquest. – The Dueling Machine, written with Myron R. Lewis, first appeared in the May, 1963 issue of Analog Science Fact & Fiction.

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This etext was produced from Analog Science Fact & Fiction May 1963. Extensive research did not uncover any evidence that the U.S. copyright on this publication was renewed.


The trouble with great ideas is that someone is sure to expend enormous effort and ingenuity figuring out how to louse them up.




Dulaq rode the slide to the upper pedestrian level, stepped off and walked over to the railing. The city stretched out all around him broad avenues thronged with busy people, pedestrian walks, vehicle thoroughfares, aircars gliding between the gleaming, towering buildings.

And somewhere in this vast city was the man he must kill. The man who would kill him, perhaps.

It all seemed so real! The noise of the streets, the odors of the perfumed trees lining the walks, even the warmth of the reddish sun on his back as he scanned the scene before him... Continue reading book >>

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Reviews (Rated: 4 Stars - 1 review)

Reviewer: - March 9, 2014
Subject: Dueling Machine
A good bit of fun that is well read.

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