Here’s An Idea: Replace Trials with Virtual Reality Duels

March 15, 2019

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BEN BOVA IS the author of over a hundred science fiction books, and also served as editor for the legendary magazines Analog and Omni. In his short story “Bloodless Victory,” which appears in his recent collection New Frontiers, he depicts a future in which dueling makes a comeback thanks to sophisticated virtual reality technology. “Dueling is an old, old concept, and was at one time a way for gentlemen to settle their differences,” Bova says in Episode 352 of the Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast. “And virtual reality allows you to have a duel without any danger, without any injuries—except perhaps emotional.

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