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  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Science Fiction; 1 edition (Dec 27 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765349752
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765349750
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.5 x 17 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
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Jake Sullivan watched his father, suffering from a rare condition, collapse and linger in a vegetative state, and he's incredibly paranoid because he inherited that condition. When mindscanning technology becomes available, he has himself scanned, which involves dispatching his biological body to the moon and assuming an android body. In possession of everything the biological Jake Sullivan had on Earth, android Jake finds love with Karen, who has also been mindscanned. Meanwhile, biological Jake discovers there is finally another, brand-new cure for his condition. Moreover, Karen's son sues her, declaring that his mother is dead, and android Karen has no right to deprive him of his considerable inheritance. Biological Jake, unable to leave the moon because of the contract he signed, becomes steadily more unstable, until finally, in a fit of paranoia, he takes hostages. Sawyer's treatment of identity issues--of what copying consciousness may mean and how consciousness is defined--finds expression in a good story that is a new meditation on an old sf theme, the meaning of being human. Regina Schroeder
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“Sawyer's most ambitious work to date; a brilliant and innovative novel that positively sings with humor, insight, and depth.” ―SF Site

“Sawyer lucidly explores fascinating philosophical conundrums.” ―Entertainment Weekly

“A tale involving courtroom drama, powerful human emotion and challenging SF mystery. Sawyer juggles it all with intelligence and far-reaching vision worthy of Isaac Asimov.” ―Starlog

“With his customary flair for combining hard science with first-rate storytelling, Sawyer imagines a future of all-too-real possibilities.” ―Library Journal

“This tightly plotted hard-SF novel offers plenty of philosophical speculation on the ethics of bio-technology and the nature of consciousness.” ―Publishers Weekly

“A delightful read that grips the reader with engaging characters and cosmic ideas.” ―Winnipeg Free Press

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"Science fiction", once about aliens and high-tech weapons or interstellar travel, is now about real people in plausible situations. The "fiction" is no different than "mainstream" writing and the science is just down the road in time. This book shows why Robert J. Sawyer is today's pre-eminent science fiction writer. Always keeping speculation in tight rein, he nevertheless exhibits a wide-ranging imagination. His stories are always a good read, yet filled with information. He understands the human condition well, displaying that insight with a variety of characters. Even the protagonist-narrator isn't entirely predictable. Others, who seem understandable [but are never a stereotype!], spring surprises. Sawyer builds the episodes of this story with finesse - no small feat given the characters are 400 thousand kilometres apart.

Jake Sullivan, scion of a Toronto brewery fortune, has a problem. The blood vessels in his brain might unexpectedly explode. It happened to his father during a family fight. The result isn't terminal. It leaves the victim in a vegetative state. Jake decides to take advantage of a new technology to bypass the threat. He'll have his mind scanned and his consciousness copied into an almost indestructible artificial body. Immortality, that quest so long engaged in by a fragile humanity, may be imminent. His "shed skin", the original, flawed body, will be shipped to the far side of the Moon to live luxuriously until "natural causes" prevail. The relocation leaves behind a lonely dog, a confused girl friend and a concerned mother.

As might be expected, a new threat emerges. Give a lawyer an opening and yet another courtroom drama enfolds. What says the law on two minds of one person? Which is the "person", the "mind" or the body?
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Imagine a future where you don't need sleep, where you don't lose any part of your memory, your body doesn't age and you are never prone to any disease. You keep all your mental and intellectual capacities, even your emotional ones. You can still identify your "self". All this is achieved by having your mind "uploaded" into a perfect body of chosen age and live happily ever after. You have become a Mindscan. Not, so fast, though! What about your consciousness, your "soul"? Can it really be copied? And what is going to happen to the original biological self? What about the reactions of family and friends; how do they take this technological wonderwork?

What drives people to take this extreme step? The two protagonists make this choice for different reasons. Karen Bessarian, a highly successful writer in her eighties, doesn't accept the fast approaching end of her life. She has more books to write and life to enjoy, so she chooses a younger body. Jake, the rich forty-something heir to a Canadian brewery, carries his father's genetic marker for a brain defect. The older Sullivan collapsed into a vegetative state after a row between father and son when Jake was 17. Jake had put his life on hold to avoid stress and other triggers for brain damage. Meeting at a sales event for the Mindscan technology, Karen and Jake develop their relationship in different ways - as biological selves and as mind "instantiations" with new perfect bodies.

Once the "uploads" have passed their first examinations they are let loose on their family and community with varying results. Tongue in cheek, Sawyer cannot resist some small political stabs contrasting US society at the time [as projected from present conditions] with an increasingly broadminded and left-leaning Canadian one.
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This science-fiction novel is about people who have their consciousness copied and transferred into artificial brains, and then artificial bodies to complete the package, which makes them essentially immortal. There are then two copies of the person: the flesh and blood version, and the artificial one, but both with the same thoughts and consciousness. The story brings up lots of interesting issues: what is consciousness, what makes someone human, when is life defined… the author tackles interesting questions and provides succinct answers to some; however, the story suffers from the heavy issues: this is a quick read, like all of Sawyer's stories; it's compelling, making you want to see how it will conclude, but it's TOO quick. Sawyer tries to give the characters depth, but his attempt falls short due to scientific mumbo-jumbo or cliches. As I've mentioned in other reviews of his books, his writing gets annoying with pop culture references and advertisements for Toyota or whatever company he APPEARS to be deliberately promoting. I think he needs a better editor.
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This could have been one of the all-time best science fiction novels. You want ideas? It's got them, in spades. You want touching moments? It's got at least three of them that make you pull out of the story and go 'awwww'. You want courtroom drama? This has perhaps the best courtroom scene I've ever read (certainly the most thought-provoking).
And yet...
Well, two flaws leap out at you before you're more than halfway through. The first is Sawyer's vicious anti-Americanism. Look, I'm Canadian and I think Dubya's a dolt just as much as the next Johnny Canuck, but geez, Rob! Way over the top!
The second (related? who knows?) flaw is Sawyer's even more visceral anti-religionist stance. It's his right to have it, I suppose, but it gets in the way of his plotting, since he can't craft a 'believeable believer' to save his life. He comes off as smug in his sure-fire knowledge that whatever science can't explain now, it will be able to in the future. Again, I'm just as anti-fundy-costal as the next guy, but there doesn't even seem to be room in Rob's world for spirituality...and that alienated me as a reader.
The final flaw is a forced, contrived, hokey, gimmicky ending. You'll know what I mean when you get to it. The climax was great...I was turning pages like wildfire...and then I just hit a wall as he covered a whole 'nother novel in the space of two pages and ended the book. Ka-BLAM!
A good read--the name Robert J. Sawyer assures that much--but it could have been so much better.
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