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The Silicon Man (Cortext.)

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Science fiction novel by author Charles Platt.
Paperback, 327 pages
Published October 1st 1997 by Hardwired (first published February 1st 1991)
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Lisa (Harmonybites)
Apr 21, 2010 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Science Fiction Fans
This is one of those novels about the wonders of cyberspace. Published in 1991 it's set in 2030, in a near future that has become stagnant and has taken limits to the future for granted. Enter James Bayley, FBI agent who stumbles onto a top secret project called Lifescan: an attempt to create a cyber-immortality--a silicon man. The novel plays very much like a technothriller by Michael Crichton or Dean Koontz, only taking place in the future rather than in a contemporary setting. It's well-writt...more
Aug 08, 2008 Brian rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Deus-Ex fans
An enjoyable thriller as well as an interesting take on how the Internet and virtual reality were perceived before Prodigy and AOL. For all the cyberpunk-dystopian hints extensions that aren't fully explained or don't make the most sense (why do the meat-is-too-resource-intensive-to-be-sustained-so-we're-all-vegans always mention soy steaks or soy burgers, and never veggie stir frys?), there is still a good sense of believability to the tale. Maybe that's just because it's still set a few decade...more
When FBI agent James Bayley decided to do a solo investigation how the scientific Life Scan project has been allowed to eat up billions of pounds of funding over 30 years while apparently being a total failure, he finds that he has bitten off more than he can chew. This is an interesting early novel about the possibilities of transferring the human mind into cyberspace and the consequences for both individuals and society. Unfortunately, once the setting moves from L.A. into cyberspace it seems...more
"A plausible, well-crafted narritive exploring cyberspace in a wholly new and very refreshing way." - William Gibson

I am engaged and thinking about the downloading of our consciousnesses in a new light.

Also, this one is somewhat staged in the San Jose/Santa Cruz area, so neat to try to figure out where on the coast the characters are at in this post-depression and post-epidemic future.
Jul 23, 2009 Simon rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: sf
Starts off as an SF thriller exploring concepts of virtual reality and the computability of consciousness and takes that to see how an anarcho-capitalist utopia might be realised.
Tim Owen
Interesting sci-fi story about the possiblity of our minds living inside computers.
I don't remember anything about this book!
Sarah A.
Bored........ Reading other books instead.....
Brian R. Mcdonald
Jun 12, 2010 Brian R. Mcdonald marked it as books-with-go-references  ·  review of another edition
Go reference on p.19.
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From wikipedia:

Charles Platt (born in London, England, 1945) is the author of 41 fiction and nonfiction books, including science-fiction novels such as The Silicon Man and Protektor (published in paperback by Avon Books). He has also written non-fiction, particularly on the subjects of computer technology and cryonics, as well as teaching and working in these fields. Platt relocated from England t...more
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