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Old March 30 2014, 12:14 PM   #1
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Help Me Find A Book!

Hello! My brain hurts, and I'd like it to hurt less. For some reason, I have a bee in my bonnet about a science fiction book I read some 15-20 years ago. I want you to help me remember what it's called. This should be fun, because I don't remember much, and before you ask, yes, I've exhausted Google (including their advanced book search), Bing, and the Library of Congress online search.

So here's what I know:

Title: I don't know, and if I did, would I be asking?
Author: No idea.
Genre: Science Fiction / Computer Thriller
Year(s) published: Between 1988(?) - 1999(?)

Plot: From what I can remember of the story, there's a new BBS where users join, and become so addicted, they they die of dehydration/starvation and the like, and are found in their homes days later, still at their keyboards. It's because something in the software is making it addictive.

Keywords I remember: Penultimate software, BBS, VGA graphics


If you can help me remember this, I will be very grateful, because right now, I just can't think of what it could be.
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Old March 30 2014, 01:40 PM   #2
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Re: Help Me Find A Book!

It's not What Happens in TNZ Stays in TNZ, is it?
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Old March 30 2014, 04:35 PM   #3
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Re: Help Me Find A Book!

Nah, I have the 12 volume set for that one.
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Old March 30 2014, 05:02 PM   #4
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The hand scribed by trained squirrels limited edition, right?
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Old March 30 2014, 06:15 PM   #5
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I think I read something similar. Did it involve the entire U.S. population pretty much succumbing to this and the story being told by ex-pats trying to re-enter the now quarantined U.S.?

If so, I don't remember the title, but I'll look through my books to find it.
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Old March 30 2014, 06:36 PM   #6
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April Fool's Day isn't til Tuesday, J.
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Old March 30 2014, 07:15 PM   #7
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Re: Help Me Find A Book!

http://www.mindspring.com/~coatl/pages/virus.htm

This one?
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Old March 30 2014, 10:14 PM   #8
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Re: Help Me Find A Book!

[tackles Defcon to the floor and smothers him in kisses]

Yes! That's it!
Argh! Why was that so hard for me to find?!

I tried every single search term I could think of, but I never got close to it! Thank you!

Edit: Actually, at one point, I did type "Virus" (as one of the many PC terms I was trying) along with "Penultimate" into several search engines, and all I got was "You need Norton Antivirus!"

Seriously, we need a real book searching engine.
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Old March 30 2014, 11:08 PM   #9
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Your welcome.

Don't know if I should admit that it only took me a couple of minutes on Google books or if I should pretend that I searched for hours.

How I found it: searching "penultimate software" lead me to this :

http://books.google.de/books?id=mFnl...Bw&redir_esc=y

With the info from that link which sadly cut off the novel's title in the viewable part I changed the search terms to:

penny 1995 virus novel

And that led me to the link I posted earlier.
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Old March 30 2014, 11:28 PM   #10
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Your welcome.

Don't know if I should admit that it only took me a couple of minutes on Google books or if I should pretend that I searched for hours.

How I found it: searching "penultimate software" lead me to this :

http://books.google.de/books?id=mFnl...Bw&redir_esc=y

With the info from that link which sadly cut off the novel's title in the viewable part I changed the search terms to:

penny 1995 virus novel

And that led me to the link I posted earlier.
Looks like I was dancing all around it, then. Thank you for finding it.
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Old March 31 2014, 11:31 AM   #11
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Curse you, J. You made me pootle over to Amazon UK and buy a used library copy of the book. In my defense the book plus p&p cost less than £5.
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Old March 31 2014, 12:21 PM   #12
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Curse you, J. You made me pootle over to Amazon UK and buy a used library copy of the book. In my defense the book plus p&p cost less than £5.
I also bought a used copy for about the same price.
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Old April 2 2014, 07:55 AM   #13
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Curse you, J. You made me pootle over to Amazon UK and buy a used library copy of the book. In my defense the book plus p&p cost less than £5.
Mine is an evil laugh.

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Curse you, J. You made me pootle over to Amazon UK and buy a used library copy of the book. In my defense the book plus p&p cost less than £5.
I also bought a used copy for about the same price.
It really is a great story. It stuck with me for more than 18 years.
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Old April 2 2014, 06:28 PM   #14
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I just ordered a used copy for under $5.00 (including S&H).
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Old April 2 2014, 09:07 PM   #15
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See what you've started, J?
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