The year is 2163.
After the fracturing, there was war. After the war came the all-powerful League, subsuming all interdimensional trade, commerce, and travel under its aegis with the I-Link Network, now a ubiquitous presence in the lives of humans and off-planers. Its paramilitary contingent was known as enforcers.
Kate Barnes is one enforcer out of many, a face among the faceless, her life careening towards a reunification with her past, sowing the seeds of unexpected change in this eclectic world.
A Night at Pink’s
Kate Barnes, enforcer for the multi-universe spanning League, enjoys the company of her closest friend, Jackie, a cybernetic techie for I-Link security. But through seemingly inane conversation, she discovers something more insidious about her friend.
Alicia Barnes, Kate’s estranged sister, lives her life on the edge with drugs and I-Link shenanigans, her glory days as the frontwoman for the transdimensional rock sensation Ambush a distant memory –until her stunts access the wrong bit of data. But will the results kill her before the drugs do? Or will they begin a new life for her?
It is a routine systems check for the cybernetics of Kate’s symbiotic uniform, and then an investigation call that turns out to be anything but routine, especially with Mukai, her off-planer friend and colleague, leading them into a crossroads that may be more than they believe, and one may not survive.
Alicia, reunited with both her sister and Kumai, the former manager of her band after a heartbreaking absence, makes a discovery about herself and the off-planer that has attached herself so deeply into her life, turning both their worlds upside-down in a way that neither one ever expected.
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Cyberpunk, Johnny Mnemonic