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Trial of the Millennium

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This graphic novel (and all fictional works and flights of fancy by this author) are merely that, works of fiction. Names, characters, places, incidents and events are either the product of the author's imagination or are used fictitously, and any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, historical happenings, business establishments, governmental entities, events, or locales and places is entirely coincidental.

©   6 July, 2009 Lobo (Date of First Publication)

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   THIRTY YEARS INTO THE START OF THE THIRD MILLENNIUM, SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND THE INTERNET HAVE EVOLVED.
   AND THE MEANS BY WHICH HUMANS USE, INTERACT AND NAVIGATE THE INTERNET HAVE ALSO CHANGED.
   WHAT HASN'T CHANGED IS HUMAN BEHAVIOR.


CHAPTER ONE

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
DETECTIVE BLACKFORD DOES WHAT HE KNOWS BEST - HANDS ON INVESTIGATING. HE HITS THE STREETS. NIGHT HAS FALLEN WHILE THE COMPUTERS HAVE ANALYZED THE DATA, "WHAT A WASTE OF TIME" SAYS BLACKFORD. HE GOES ACROSS TOWN TO THE BIG ROLLER CASINO TO HAVE A LOOK AROUND.
 
   

EVERY COMPUTER MANUFACTURED SINCE JANUARY 1, 2010 HAS BEEN EQUIPPED WITH A BIOMETRIC ON / OFF SWITCH. THE ORIGINAL PURCHASER OF EACH COMPUTER IS REQUIRED BY LAW TO REGISTER HIS OR HER'S DNA, FINGERPRINTS AND OTHER VITAL STATISTICS WITH THE NEAREST LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY UPON PURCHASING THE DEVICE. ANYONE ELSE WHO DESIRES TO USE THE COMPUTER MUST SUBMIT THEIR BIOMETRICS UPON STARTUP OF THE COMPUTER.

   THIS SHOULD MAKE THE IDENTIFICATION OF THE CRIMINAL USING THE INTERNET PROTOCOL ADDRESS A PIECE OF CAKE.

   UNFORTUNATELY, THE CRIMINAL IS APPARENTLY AN ACCOMPLISHED AND PROFESSIONAL HACKER, WHO LEAVES NO TRACES.

 
   WALKING THROUGH THE CASINO, LOOKING AT THE CROWD OF PLAYERS AND GUESTS, BLACKFORD WONDERS, "WHO ARE YOU?"
 
 

   COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY IN CONJUNCTION WITH HOLOGRAPHIC HI-DEFINITION TELEVISION AND VIRTUAL REALITY INTERNET DELIVERY HAS ENABLED GAMBLING TO GO FUTURISTIC.

   ON TABLE-TOP VIEWING HOLOGRAPHIC IMAGERS, GAMBLERS CAN NOW SEE SPORTS EVENTS LIVE, IN REAL-TIME, AS THEY OCCUR.

   AS IF THEY ARE RIGHT THERE AT TRACKSIDE, PATRONS OF THE BIG ROLLER CAN SMELL THE HORSE MANURE, HEAR THE CURSES OF THE JOCKEYS AND THE DRUMMING OF THE HORSES HOOVES AS THEY HEAD FOR THE FINISH LINE.

   VIRTUAL REALITY GAMBLING. THE BIG ROLLER SLOGAN - "BETTER THAN BEING THERE".

 

   ANOTHER FEATURE OF THIS ULTRA-MODERN CASINO ARE THE "VIRTUAL REALITY COCOONS"

   CALLED, "IMMERSIVE COCOONS" THESE WALK-IN CHAMBERS IMMERSE THE PLAYER INTO AN INTERACTIVE 3D VIRTUAL REALITY WORLD.

   USING WHAT IS KNOWN AS 'REACH OUT AND GRAB TECHNOLOGY' A PERSON IS WIRED TO A HEADSET, GLOVES AND BOOTIES AND THEN THEY ENTER AN ARTIFICIAL WORLD OF THEIR CHOOSING.

   A FULL 360 DEGREES OF ANOTHER REALITY. SOME BIG ROLLER PATRONS USE THEM FOR GAMBLING. THEY DEFINE THE PARAMETERS OF A SPORTING EVENT, SUCH AS THEMSELVES FIGHTING THE CHAMP FOR THE WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT BOXING TITLE, OR A HORSE RACING FAN CAN NOT ONLY BET ON THE KENTUCKY DERBY, BUT BE THE JOCKEY AND RIDE IN THE RACE.

   OTHER PATRONS USE THE VIRTUAL REALITY CHAMBERS TO SATISFY MORE BASIC DESIRES, SUCH AS SEX. THE IMMERSIVE COCOONS ARE VERY POPULAR, GREATLY CONTRIBUTING TO THE REVENUES OF BIG ROLLER CASINO.

 

   IN THE YEAR 2030 GAMBLING HAS EVOLVED BOTH IN A TECHNOLOGICAL SENSE AND IN AN ECONOMIC SENSE. IT HAS BECOME THE LARGEST RE-DISTRIBUTION OF WEALTH IN THE HISTORY OF MANKIND ON EARTH. FULLY SEVEN OUT OF TEN WORKERS ARE EMPLOYEED IN THE GAMING INDUSTRY AND THEY RECEIVE THEIR PAY IN THE FORM OF MARKERS THAT THEY HAPPILY SPEND AT THE GAMING TABLES.
 
   
   CONTINUING THE SEARCH, BLACKFORD STOPS TO TALK TO HIS OLD PARTNER, JOE, WHO RETIRED FROM THE FORCE AND TOOK THE JOB AS CHIEF OF SECURITY AT BIG ROLLER.
 
 
 
BLACKFORD AND JOE LEAVE JOE'S OFFICE AND MAKE THEIR WAY ACROSS THE MAIN GAMBLING HALL TO THE BASEMENT WHERE ALL THE COMPUTER GEAR AND CASH IS STORED IN NUCLEAR BOMB PROOF BUNKERS. THE GAMBLING CROWD IS IN A FRENZY OF GREED. GAMBLING HAS SURPASSED BASEBALL AND PICNICS AS AMERICANS FAVORITE PASTIME.
 
 
 
JOE GIVES BLACKFORD A TOUR OF THE NEWLY BUILT BIG ROLLER CASINO. THEY GO INTO ONE OF THE MONEY ROOMS.
 
THE CAVERNOUS SPACE HOLDING ALL THE CASH IS A MILE LONG, A MILE WIDE AND 200 FEET TALL. IT TAKES JOE AND BLACKFORD AWHILE TO GET TO THE OTHER END OF THIS TREASURE TROVE. FINALLY, THEY ARRIVE AT THE COMPUTER DATA CENTER.
 
THEY ENTER THE OFFICE OF THE TECH SUPERVISOR.
 
 
END OF CHAPTER ONE.
PLEASE STAY TUNED FOR MORE OF DETECTIVE BLACKFORD'S ADVENTURES AS HE TRACKS DOWN THE CRIMINAL.
(SITREP - JULY 6, 2009 @ 5:37 PM EST)
 
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