Jake Sullivan has cheated death: h
Sawyer thoroughly explores the social and scientific implications of this development, following two characters: a novelist facing the physical frustrations of old age and a man in his late 30s who is genetically prone to strokes. The...more
The protagonist, who has a congenital condition which leaves him vulnerable to aneurysm, decides to take advantage of new technology which will scan his brain and enable his personality and memories to be i...more
Robert J. Sawyer's "Hominids," the first volume of his bestselling Neanderthal Parallax trilogy, won the 2003 Hugo Award, and its sequel, "Humans," was a 2004 Hugo nominee. Now he's back with a pulse-pounding, mind-expanding standalone novel, rich with his signature philosophical and ethical speculations, all grounded in cutting-edge science. Jake Sullivan has cheated death: he's discarded his doomed biological body and copied his consciousness into an android form. The new Jake soon finds love,...more
so here's this guy, with a potentially fatal disease. there's no cure. all he can do, if he wants to live, is get his mind uploaded into an android body and let his "real" one go live out its span on the moon (where there's no legal jurisdiction). so he does.
the problem with this book is not that the complications are not believable; they are, Sawyer is quite good enough...more
This quote from my review of Rollback is also true of Mindscan. While these two books have some overlapping issues and themes, Mindscan goes deeper into concepts of consciousness and personhood. The trial proceedings are the device for bringing up scientific, philosophical, religious, and le...more
While the fl...more
One thing I did like--The book is always from the perspective of Jake, but it alternates between biological Jake and new artificial Jake. They both have goals, and they are mutually exclusive. It's an interesting back and forth with the reader's s...more
The basic premise of the story is illogical. Why the hell would anybody agree to copy their mind into a robotic body when they know it’ll be the robot that gets to be immortal and not them!? Nothing will change for them; they’ll still be in their aging, frail bodies, so this procedure does nothing to help t...more
Like all of his books I've read, he begins by putting his politics and "beliefs" out there, along with the storyline. Read too many of his books too close together - as I've done - and that part gets a bit tedious. Nothing else does, however.
Like all of his books, this one is part scifi, though that's not the main focus. The scifi slant is the "uploading" of human minds to robot bodies. The rest of the book is a...more
I was disappointed with the 2 page epilogue. It was unconvincing, unrealistic, unbelievable, and felt half cocked. It didn't mesh well for me with the over all...more
Although the questions are important in an ethical and philosophical sense, the plot isn't too sophisticated.
Jake Sullivan has cheated death: he's discarded his doomed biological body and copied his consciousness into an android form. The new Jake soon finds love, some...more
Highly recommended to anyone who enjoys a good sci-fi novel.
The first book I had ever read by Sawyer, Mindscan, the title, says it all.
The science of scanning and uploading a mind into a computer is discovered
but not perfected. The book deals with the concept of synthetic
intelligences running through computer systems, and a murderer on the
loose. Won't give any more away, but it's a very good offering by this
Canadian Science Fiction writer.
Robert Sawyer grew up in...more