Permutation City (Subjective Cosmology Cycle #2)
I don't read a lot of hard sf because my understanding of science is rudimentary at best, but I do tend to enjoy it when I read one that do not go too far over my head. I feel I only need to understand the basic plot and the characters' motivation, the whys if not the hows of it. If those conditions are met then my patchy understanding of the scientific details is not too much of an impediment and the bits that get through to me tend to be quite fascinating.
So it is...more
Egan is often criticized for l...more
Most Copies run at a fraction of real-time speed, since computing power is lagging behind demand, and prices aren't falling as predicted. The slower speed leaves them lagging behind people in the real world, living as second class citizens. However, there are very many advantages too, i...more
So it goes like this. In the future people when they die can map their brains into a computer and live on in virtual reality , normally only wealthy people with the funds to secure processing power after they die, but every year a handful of terminally ill children are also scanned into , to give these "cop...more
The driving forces of the next future will be first disruptive technologies with exponential growth. In this context, future studies, pressure on quality of life and careful planning can guide safely the change and improve greatly the overall situa...more
This book crackles and hums with ideas that are not just brilliant within their own context, but ask deep questions about our existence. The extrapolation of these ideas is solid and well meshed with the unique and intriguing plot.
Egan is at the top of his form here, banging out compelling world building characteriza...more
I can't really say I'd recommend this one: the dialogue is plain embarrassing in that classically hard-SF-speechifying way, and the characters were forgettable ciphers. The plot didn't lock together very well,...more
The book opens in the year 2045. Science has advanced to the point that the very wealthy can have digital copies of themselves made. The story opens with one of the main characters, Paul Durham, performing an experiment t...more
Tutto questo messo insieme?
Esattamente dieci anni dopo Neuromante e cinque anni prima di Matrix, si impone questo ricco e visionario romanzo, con una rilettura della realtà virtuale forse troppo complessa, ma che davvero è capace di aprire la mente.
Scenari cyber degni di Gibson e soci, scenografie e paesaggi mastodontici che ricordano un po' Ian M. Banks (Criptosfera è il più simile, ed è proprio dello stesso anno - le mig...more
I found some aspects of this book to be fascinating as the exploration of artificial intelligence in this manner leaves us to consider the...more
Few science fiction writers can run as far with the implications as Greg Egan. Copies are just the premise, and before long we are in much deeper waters as one man begins to question the fundamental nature of reality. It's a magnificent exploration of the true implications of computational...more
simulations of humans onto a computer chip after they die.
The humans on the chip learn how to create artificial
life. And so on, in an ever-ascending chain of machines.
Prepare to have your mind blown.
This book was written prior to The Matrix, but I find both stories somewhat related. The book explores a near future in wich the main can be copied and 'executed' into a computer. This way, human being achieves some sort of immortality.
The autor explores many aspects of computation, quantum physics, astrophysics and even philosophy, so I find this book really complete not leaving "unexplained aspects" or fe...more
Since I finished this book during a bout of insomnia at 4:30am, I have no intention of expending effort on this review.
But I enjoyed it. And for once Egan's storyline, when he introduced the more grand scheme of things, didn't crumble under its own weight. Interesting musings on reality and the ability of consciousness to influence it. What becomes of people when you can reshape your personality and reality at will.
Human downloads. Virtual worlds embedded within virtu...more
I have my thoughts and ideas, but I want to get into the ideas of great minds, such as Greg Egan.
After I read the book I wasn’t disappointed at all, the book is very good indeed.
Both the plot and the its philosophical counterpart — the main idea of the book — were really detalized and interesting to grasp.
The book touches many things that interest any person who thinks about V...more
Oh, any by the way: the publisher blurb (which makes it sound like a scifi mystery) and the "ten million people on a chip" tagline for this book are not just misleading, but false. (You don't have to read very far to understand why the blurb, at least, is bullshit.)
The characters are flat--even the real humans. The Copies are latter still. This book doesn't hold a candle to the complex social tapestry Egan invented in Distress; the characters pale in comparison to the richly written people and relationships, and...more
As one of my fellow readers points out, the underlying story would probably barely flesh out a novella. A huge portion of the content here is in the defense of an existentially suspect creation.
This won the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for Best Science Fiction Novel, but I think it maybe should h...more
He is a Hugo Award winner (and has been shortlisted for the Hugos three other times), an...more