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The body is baggage. The soul is expendable.

Nemo's mother and father left him behind to enter "the Bin"--joining twelve billion uploaded personalities who live in crime-free, disease-free and deathless virtual societies.

Nemo has come of age on a dangerous, near-deserted planet populated by a handful of stragglers: religious fundamentalists and rebels, the creeps and the cr...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published January 1st 1999 by Eos (first published February 1998)
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Bart Everson
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Louise
Anyone who's spent a lot of time on the net must wonder, "What if I could just crawl in and stay there? Jump from site to site? Be finally and totally virtual myself?" That's almost what this story is like. In the future, the "real world" is full of disease, crime, starvation, etc. You know, the typical Mad Max kind of stuff. But. There's a new answer in the "bin." You get yourself, minus your body, uploaded into the bin and live there, forever. No sickness. No crime. No aging. Anything you want...more
Sarah
Sep 19, 2007 Sarah rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves a mindbending sci-fi love story
I love my dystopian futures, and Circuit of Heaven is a good, novel one, because while there are still a few hold-outs in the rapidly degrading world, most people have been "uploaded" to a new world that's practically perfect in every way. The center story of this novel is the love story of Nemo and Justine, but I found myself way more interested in the various side characters and how they dealt with the strange dual nature of the world.
Cheryl
Romantic SciFi set in a world after most of the residents have left to load themselves into a virtual eternity. If any of that sounds interesting to you then you should give Circuit to Heaven a try.

Complicated and thought provoking. This has been one of my favorite books for years. I absolutely love it.
Kathleen Dixon
I’d either forgotten, or I’d never quite realised, that End of Days (which I read last year, I think) is preceded by this book. I will have to, at some future date, re-read the two in the correct order. However, it didn’t matter.

So, forgetting End of Days for a while, I’ll consider this book only:

We’re about a hundred years in the future (the dates are given somewhere, but I didn’t keep them in mind), and several billion of the earth’s population have uploaded themselves into the Bin. The Bin is...more
Steven
This is a fairly pleasant and easy read, but it does not bear thinking about. There are some *enormous* holes in the book - suspension of disbelief is stretched too far as reasonable thermodynamics and economics are shattered, and the disconnects between the two main characters' stated motivations and actions are very strong. It's an interesting but not terribly plausible world.

Sanuk
This is a science fiction novel with a love story. Two concepts are explored: the virtual world and constructs which are living being made up of fragments of memories and personalities of a few human beings.

Nemo lives in the real world while his parent and most of the population of earth is now living in the "Bin", a virtual world where people have downloaded themselves for eternity. The real world is harsh but Nemo does not want to go to the virtual world as it does not seem real to him. Howeve...more
Michelle
I read this in high school and liked it pretty well back then since it dealt with the idea of digitizing consciousness, and I hadn't read a book that did that before. I couldn't quite remember how things turned out, only that there was some kind of twist. So I read it again as an adult, and even though I couldn't remember the details of what had happened, I found the book to be really predictable by the way the author handled the plot. The writing's not bad, but it's not that good, either. It's...more
Darusha Wehm
The SFnal elements were quite interesting, and I really liked the ambiguousness of the morality of abandoning the physical world.

The plot was predictable, though, and many of the characters fairly wooden. It felt somewhat like it had been dumbed down to fit the YA market, though there was enough sex and language to make me think that wasn't the case.

Worth reading for the neat ideas.
Tasula
SF story where a virtual world is created, and people can transfer their minds to live there- never (mentally) dying. Meanwhile, a group of devout people who consider the virtual world ungodly, live on in the depleted earth. Hero's parents moved to the virtual world, leaving him behind with a caretaker. He resents them and their world, until he falls in love.
Jeff Hrusko
I was a little to quck to judge this book. The plots is mutli-layered, interesting once youo get passed the inital layer.



All it all it was an enjoyable read.



The author touched on some thing, like a entity made up of three personalities, which I think could have been move developed.
Christine
Jul 07, 2010 Christine marked it as to-read
Shelves: abandoned
I picked up this book as an ebook to read on a trip; I started reading it but then got a couple more library books in so have abandoned this one. It is okay so far (maybe 1/4 way through) but hasn't grabbed me enough to keep me from switching to my new library books
Laura
please see my review for End of Days, which basically includes discussion of both books.
Olga
One of the best science fiction novels I've read in quite some time. Left me with a lot to ponder about, writing was absolutely fantastic.
Matthew
Not big on the religious elements as they seemed tacked on to an otherwise interesting concept. Could've been shorter.
Anonymole
Well designed and thought out. I even emailed the author and he replied... Sing me another one, Aimee Mann.
Doug
Interesting take on one possible "singularity" and its political and religious implications.
Margaret
Interesting "End of the world" story. Still not sure exactly what to make of it.
Petabyte
Heartbreaking. And you thought that scifi couldn't be emotional.
Shari
Dec 04, 2008 Shari added it
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Melissa
It's scifi and romance. What's not to like?
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