The Judas Mandala by Damien Broderick:
Science Fiction Inventions, Technology and Ideas

Maggie Roche, unemployed poet and single mother in 2009, is spied on by a robotic rat and sent four thousand years into her own future. The Upload Lifeform Lords, human-machine hybrids of overwhelming power, inform her that she is the first true time traveler. This book was written in the mid-1970's (not published until 1982) and contains the first use of the terms 'virtual reality' and 'virtual matrix.' Select an invention:

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