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May 09, 2014 07:19AM

967 Hi Justin.

Are the stilll and wateer spellings in the topic title intentional? I can't think why but didn't want to fix it for you if it is. (You can always change it yourself using the Edit link.) Good luck with the book.
967 Last day, if you know anyone who might be interested.
967 Book discussion opens June 1st (so save your thoughts on it until then). In the meantime, here are some questions for anyone that feels like answering any of them.

Pre-book discussion question #1: What is your ideal book hero like? Do you prefer them to be perfect (unlike ourselves) or imperfect?

Pre-book discussion question #2: If you found yourself alone at home amidst a zombie outbreak, what would you do first?
Review Request (3 new)
May 07, 2014 09:58PM

967 Hey Kevin.

I was just thinking, you might want to put something descriptive in your topic title, so folks know what kind of book is available for review. I think they mght be more likely to check it out if it piques their interest there. Good luck with the book.
967 Thanks Kat, I've got you slated for the first half of July.
May 07, 2014 02:02PM

967 I have a feeling Kit is probably assuming you could tell the difference - not have any physical stimuli. But if somehow we were convinced we could still feel, then I suppose it has the potential to feel a bit like life as we know it.
May 06, 2014 02:15PM

967 [pun incited groan]
967 GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED, thanks to all who entered!
May 04, 2014 04:09PM

967 A mini-apocalype (or "micropocalypse") may techinically be a contradiction of terms, but it is something we read about frequently - it is essentially a TEOTWAWKI (that's "the end of the world as we knew it" for anyone unfamiliar) event. The rest of the world may be fine, but for you and those near you it is as if the world has ended.
May 03, 2014 06:45PM

967 I'm just talking about the continuation of the original from their own perspective. The copy would feel like the same person (internally and to others seeing that person) but if the original died he would be gone. He would no longer have new experiences, only the copy would have experiences. You/the original would cease to feel, experience etc, only the other version of you would continue. Ugh, I give up, I just can't explain it.
May 03, 2014 07:05AM

967 Especially hard to grow in Ohio where the book is set. Frost will kill them so they'd have to be grown inside, plus they are trees so not exactly small. Plus the water issues. So, barring trading from fsr away places that leaves scavenging, and it had been too many years for there to be enough for anyone to drink it so casually as in the book.
967 I know some of you have read Steven's book The Jakarta Pandemic, and I've got good news for you - this giveaway is for 2 other books by the same author, Steven Konkoly! We're giving away 5 2-ebook sets which include both The Perseid Collapse and Event Horizon: Book Two in The Perseid Collapse Series. These are a sequel to The Jakarta Pandemic, but also a series of their own. (I'd recommend starting with JP before reading these.)

To learn more go to

To enter:
• Add Perseid Collapse to your To Read shelf
• Comment below. Tell us what kind of post-apocalyptic world you'd least like (or most like if that is easier to answer) to survive in.

May 02, 2014 05:42PM

967 (Honestly, it's that coffee one that kept bugging me, lol.)

About the water and plants... I eventually got the impression they were really short on water, they just had to work very hard to make it safe to drink. Although, clearly there was some concern about the pond being too shallow some day, because of the bits about the bucket at the bottom, becoming more visible over time.
May 02, 2014 05:40PM

967 Definitely, I agree it is more about humanity (being human) than it was about survival. You've reminded me - there were a number of technical things that I thought seemed weird, like the gasoline issue you mentioned. Okay, thank you Kindle Highlights! I just reviewed mine, and here are some thoughts/questions based on them... mostly based on the fact that these women are completely separate from other people and don't do any trading, though they do sometimes find stuff from houses.

• How do they replenish their bullets? (I think this actually gets answered at location 333, but I can't look it up right now.)
• How do they have working batteries?
• How does whatshisname have a working lighter? The flint would eventually wear down, plus they use fuel.
• How is everyone always drinking coffee?! I mean, it's not exactly a local crop.
May 02, 2014 05:30PM

967 That's actually a different (but also interesting) aspect, not quite what I was attempting to get at. It's not about whether that digital version is a real person, or how similar they are to the original/physical person. I'll try to explain.

I'm not thinking of how others perceive that person, if they think he is the same person, but if he himself continues to exist.

Say you get your brain uploaded to a digital construct, and die in the process. Let's even say that upload is like you in EVERY way (aside physicality of course). That person would be "born" feeling just like you, he would remember everything you knew, feel as you did, etc. For all intents and purposes, he would think of himself as Derek. However, you would be dead. The real you would have died with your body. What would be left would be another (possibly also real) Derek, just uh, reformatted.

Now, this is unless it is literally some sort of transfer, versus a cloning process. If it is a true transfer (I'd be hard pressed to ever be convinced of that) then sure, it's the same person. But otherwise, it's like making a clone of someone. You've got two people who think they are the same person (until the have unique experiences to differentiate them). I see the digital thing as killing the original and making a clone. A real person (perhaps) but not the same person.
May 02, 2014 05:18PM

967 Leave it to Christina to pick up on that stuff! Good job. I think this would be a movie to easily geek out over in the sense that there are a lot of hidden themes (or at least not obvious without some thought) and visual themes.
967 Cool! Clayton, I'm not too sure about Ingenue since she didn't specify a format and doesn't have a location on her profile... so you might need your co-worker to draw again, unless you'd be able to give her an ebook in lieu of the paperback
May 02, 2014 07:27AM

967 I find that topic intriguing as well. Not just what makes humans human, but what makes individuals... we got to discuss it a little when we discussed Cinder, ith a cyborg main character. I often wonder how much of a person's brain could be replaced before they no longer felt like themselves (kind of a difficult concept to explain). Also, you know those stories in which people upload their consciousness into something else, e.g. a computer? I never can accept that because even if that consciousness feels something, it isn't actually the same person as before even if they feel like they are the same person. I see it more as a copy. Oh this is making my head hurt this early in the morning... :-P

Now, what was this topic about? Oh good, I didn't go entirely off topic.
May 01, 2014 10:25PM

967 *bump*
967 Clayton, how about you choose someone to fill in for S.M.?