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The Digital Dead

3.38 of 5 stars 3.38  ·  rating details  ·  39 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Bruce Balfour, the acclaimed author of The Forge of Mars, brings us to a future age in which virtual versions of the dead control the desires of those they've left behind-with terrifying results.
Paperback, 384 pages
Published July 29th 2003 by Ace
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I like a decent science fiction story, it does not have to be amazing, just fun. And Bruce Balfour's The Digital Dead was certainly fun. Was it overly complex with a lot of characters? Sure. Did it not fully flesh out many of these characters, such as the protagonist Tau Wolfsinger? Frustratingly so. However, I enjoyed the discussions of Artificial Intelligence, the ethical quandaries of producing a virtual copy of an individual's memories and personality while they are alive and then after they ...more
In the setting for novel, one can get an implant that takes a snapshot of the brain at death (a little like in Altered Carbon). This snapshot is transferred to the databanks of the company Elysian Fields and a sort of electronic heaven. So the dead are not really dead. Looks promising, but my first question is: If these dead can be “alive” why don’t they just implant their cybernetic consciousnesses into cyborgs and roam free? This question is answered, but not really to anyone’s satisfaction.

Scott Holstad
Not a bad book, but not a great book either. Could have been better. First, though, it's about a new company called Elysian Fields that offers eternal life by implanting chips in people's heads and then when you die, an electronic copy of your personality is stored in a digital universe for people to interact with as though you're still alive. It's an odd premise and hard to pull off. I'm not convinced the book accomplished that for me. This book is also a sequel, which I wish I would have known ...more
This book was like a bowl of Honey Nut Cheerios. It seems like it should be really good, but then while you eat it, you realize it's sugary, but not really delicious. It ought to be delicious! But it's not. And then when you're done, you think, "Did I really just eat a whole bowl of that?"

This book wasn't labeled a direct sequel, but it obviously builds from Balfor's previous work (The Forge of Mars, or something). The main character is either an amazing super-agent guy, or just some Navajo dope
Mark Lacy
I initially tried to get into this book, but just couldn't. It didn't seem that interesting. But I tried again a few years later, and it turned out to be interesting after all. But it wasn't a *great* read. For example, there were too many subplots that weren't tied together till near the end. That got confusing and aggravating. Like "The Forge of Mars", it had a variety of different themes in it, including chase scenes and espionage worthy of a thriller.
3 & 1/2 stars. nicely done. who is this guy? i thought, intending to search out more. designer of the early game classic Neuromancer, as it turns out, a game i still remember fondly. and that's just nifty.
Fun ride. Bounces around a little toward the end and leaves me wanting more details on the conspiracies that are resolved abruptly. But fun regardless.
Apr 25, 2011 Jonathan is currently reading it
This book is so good so far - that I intend to find a copy of the first book Forge of Mars so that I can read that as well. Great writing.
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