Permutation City (Subjective Cosmology Cycle #2)
Egan is often criticized for l...more
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
But apart from that:
There are good computer-science-theory ideas. It's really refreshing to read someone who starts with the
math and worldbuilds out from there.
Egan can tell the difference between orders of magnitude, and he can tell the difference be...more
This book gives me Hope. Hope about the human condition. Hope about Existentialism/Absurdism. Hope about Artificial Intelligence. Hope about Enlightenment/Nirvana. Hope about theoretical physics and it's pursuits to understand the Universe. And perhaps most importantly, hope about the genre of Science Fiction.
Sure, there's less character...more
Enter Paul Durham, a man obsessed with creating a sanctuary...more
As a novel, it's a failure (as you've probably read in the other reviews, the characters are very 2-dimensional, with only one exception, and the plot is really just a device to further develop ideas. Also I really hope someone sends a memo round to sci-fi writers: putting a sex scene in a...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
(Read originally in 1994).
"I was six years old when my parents told me that there was a small, dark jewel inside my skull, learning to be me"...
Learning to be me
With this starts off one of the most astonishing short stories I've ever read. If you haven't read it, I urge you to do so. Egan questions what it really means to be human in a way that it's quite unsurpassed in my mind.
I've just finished "Permutation City", and the feeling I got from reading it now is the same I got in 1994 when read it...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
The first half sucked me in with a thought-provoking look at the human and social conundrums of the technology to emulate a human brain in software. The technology descriptions are reasonably realistic extrapolations of current tech, which makes the ethical, moral, legal and social issues explored all the more relevant. The characters are mostly 3D, with complicated, conflicted (and possibly not always sane) views of their situations. Sadly, the second...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.
I should note, though, that though the story hits all the right spots, the rating is mainly given for the conceptual exploration, and not for literary excellence. E...more
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
He is a Hugo Award winner (and has been shortlisted for the Hugos three other times), an...more