In a society where names have been replaced with Unique Identifiers (UI's) and people are known by what function they fulfill and their level of access to personal information, Thirty-Eleven Journalist, Level 0 is mysteriously assigned the name "Belizaire" by the national computer system.
This event heralds the beginning of a series of information glitches that fabricate a virtual profile of him as far from reality as it can possibly be. He soon discovers that everyone in Canada has been affected by the same computer snafu. Then, as suddenly as the phenomenon appears, it disappears. But did it really disappear?
In the midst of the computer file confusion, a hacker (Owen Teague - Seventy-eighty nine, Programmer Level 10), claiming to be a highly-placed civil servant and the creator of the affected system, breaks into Belizaire's communications link and informs him that what the country is experiencing is the result of a virus that he (Owen) has deliberately set.
The hacker reveals that he and a group of co-conspirators called "The Committee" intend to destroy the information grid that he has spent his career building, rather than see it turned into an instrument for obliterating individual privacy...
And thus begins the war of one man against his government. If you are a lover of sci-fi and computers, you will love this book. A fast-moving race against time in a world gone "1984," there will be a touch of the familiar in this modern tale of the individual vs. the collective.
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Cathy McCarthy was born May 24, 1952 in Ottawa Ontario, Canada. She spent much of her formative childhood on a farm in the Gatineau Hills, just north of Ottawa with her grandmother and two elderly aunts. Here she gained a spirituality and an appreciation for all that surrounded her that translates into all her writing. She currently resides just outside Washington DC with her husband Jim and daughter Emma.
From the time she was first able to put ideas to paper, Cathy has pursued her muse in writing works of fiction and non-fiction alongside the more practical aspects of keeping body and soul. After thirteen years of a professional career in systems librarianship, and two more as an ISP provider, she heeded her primary calling and retired to pursue a writing career. Except for necessary diversions into the working world, Cathy considers herself first and foremost a storyteller and a keeper of legends.
Cathy holds a four-year Bachelor of Arts in History from Ottawa University and a Masters in Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has also pursued studies in Film Art and Propaganda, Creative Writing, Native American History and Shamanism, Celtic Shamanism and Public Administration during her lifetime.
Cathy has completed one other published work of fiction The Hollow, a story of a young Ojibway woman and her search for a place in the Native community that her father poisoned her against. She is also two-thirds finished with her third manuscript, The Voyage, a story of human will and love in the face of overwhelming physical disability.
"The year is 2022 and the Canadian government is in chaos. A computer hacker has unleashed a virus that rewrites the entire Central Computer Information System, in protest of a law that did away with citizens' names and replacing them with numerical Unique Identifiers. Everyone is now a number, and names are illegal...Dissent in Time is a compelling book that shows how easily personal information can be collected on individuals and used against them. Although the book is supposed to take place in 2022, there are many things that could -- and probably do -- occur today."Lisa Landis -- Inscriptions Journal
"DISSENT IN REAL TIME...has intrigue, mystery, suspense, yes, and it's all exciting. But there's also a sensitivity to the characters that rounds them out and makes them multi-dimensional, and a love story that is poignant and tender between Owen and Eleni. And the thought of the government eliminating the individuality of the populace in an effort to know every last detail about everyone is chilling. A thought-provoking read, DISSENT IN REAL TIME will satisfy on all counts."Astrid Kinn -- Romance Reviews Today, www.romrevtoday.com
"Though the theme of this story is certainly not original, McCarthy's treatment of it is. It is smartly written and supported well by detailed knowledge of both computers and Canadian law."John Patrick Schmitz -- The Fantasy Grove, www.fictionforest.com