"the [science fiction] writer should be able to convince the reader (and himself) that the wonders he is describing really can come true...and that gets tricky when you take a good, hard look at the world around you."
Charlie Draper has been found guilty; and he accepts virtual punishment. He is forced to undergo a century of subjective prison life, in the prison of his own mind.
Draper and his lawyer meet together in a virtual reality space similar to that shown in this virtual reality ceremony from Alexander Besher's 1994 novel Rim.
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