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The Prospect of My Arrival

3.38  ·  Rating details ·  247 Ratings  ·  56 Reviews
Thanks to a scientific breakthrough, a human embryo is allowed to preview the world before deciding whether or not to be born. The embryo, named Prospect, is given a starter kit of human knowledge and its consciousness is inserted into a synthetic twenty-year-old body. What will he make of the modern world with its over-the-counter solutions, rising tide of mean-spiritedne ...more
Paperback, First Edition, 277 pages
Published October 1st 2011 by CreateSpace (first published June 1st 2011)
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Carac Allison
Feb 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It’s been a long time since I’ve read really original science fiction. Dwight Okita’s “The Prospect of My Arrival” hit me like the first time I encountered John Varley; like the first time I picked up John Brunner; like the first time I read Neal Stephenson. These name drops aren’t convincing enough for you? How about this one. Okita’s book reminded me of Heinlein’s “Stranger in a Strange Land”.

Superior science fiction makes the reader think about the world that could be and the world that is si
I'm pretty sure there is no genre called "sentimental science fiction", but that's definitely where this book belongs. The mind boggling technologies and general concept of the novel place it firmly in the realm of sci-fi, yet it's impossible to ignore the emotional wallop of this sweet, sad book.

Prospect is a bio-experiment - a living embodiment of the Pre-born Project. A veritable heap of clay, he is an embryo inserted into a twenty-year-old body. The master plan, laid out by the Big Farm Corp
Jun 15, 2011 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: NO ONE.
Shelves: hated, fiction
Although it was advertised to me as a "whimsical scifi," it was about as whimsical as your great-aunt's gallstone surgery (without the twists) and was only scifi insofar as Okita didn't want to bother to put any sort of research into his plot. And while I have to praise Okita for the bold move of acknowledging human embryos as people with the same fundamental rights as the rest of us, the major plot point of the book is so fundamentally impossible (and paradoxical) that it's just silly.

At one po
The idea and premise behind this books is great and very well thought of:

If you, while still an embryo, had the chance to preview (your) life, would you then choose to be born or would you rather return to the gene-pool? This is a very daring and fascinating concept that Dwight Okita has dared to take on.

This story is excellent and the flow of the storyline progresses naturally from page one and onwards, which makes this book a fairly quick and easy read. I believe that this book was written w
Aug 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
With a surefire premise and a crisp, cool writing style Dwight Okita's THE PROSPECT OF MY ARRIVAL makes for enthralling reading. Turning the "why bring a child into this world?" question on its head, Okita asks instead "why in the world would a child want to be born here?" Using new Cyber Savant technology, Prospect is a Pre-Born given the chance to get a glimpse of his future existence by venturing out into the world even while he remains an embryo in the womb. Of course, Prospect is only parti ...more
Jackie Krasuski
May 03, 2012 rated it it was ok
The whole idea of this pre-born project is incredibly enticing to me. I love a good science fiction novel, especially with biology, and I really enjoyed the premise of the story. However, I had a very difficult time with the author's writing style throughout the entire book. Too many things were written in plain English, there was very little foreshadowing, the themes were not consistent, cause and effect relationships were ignored, and each character seemed to exist in his or her own glass bubb ...more
May 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
I had much anticipated reading The Prospect of My Arrival by Dwight Okita & was not disappointed. The story of an embryo given the option to be born or unborn, it was as if each chapter seemed to add layer by layer (written amazingly objective I might add), the challenges & complexities of life the embryo experienced in a 21 year old body while trying to decide whether or not to be born. I initially wanted to read this book because I was unable to contemplate what I would choose if I had ...more
Nov 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sciencefiction
I'm biased, because I'm friends with Dwight, but I loved this! I think it'd be a great YA scifi book for teens - especially gay/queer teens, because it does feature one amazingly written gay romantic relationship. It was a quick read, and simple, although I was sad about the ending. I'll definitely be recommending this to my friends who like science fiction.
Feb 27, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: science fiction fans; Chicagoans
Recommended to Ms.pegasus by: intrigued by author profile
Okita briefly lulls the reader into believing this must be a type of futuristic allegory: Prospect (the main character), Big Farm (the pharmaceutical conglomerate underwriting the cost to do “big science”), CyberSavant (Prospect's A.I. instructor), and the Infinity Medical Center (Prospect's first “home”) are introduced in quick succession. Thus primed, the reader is startled by a succession of surprises. The first is that Prospect is a Pre-Con[ception] being – part of an experiment to allow emb ...more
Mar 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
'The Prospect of my Arrival' is the story of Prospect, a human embryo who is given the opportunity to decide whether or not he wants to be born. Prospect is taught the basics of human knowledge before his consciousness is placed into a synthetic twenty~year old man's body To help Prospect to make his choice he meets a wide range of people who will show him their ideas of life and what it means to them, although one of them does have a sinister agenda. Trish Mesmer, the scientist in charge of the ...more
May 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Compelling story based on an unusual premise: What if we could spend some time as an adult exploring our potential world in order to decide whether to be born? Very enjoyable well paced tale that keeps the reader slightly off-kilter.
David Neuman
Jul 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing

What stands out most for me is Prospects ability to stay in the present. This ability folds naturally due to his newness. His mindfulness was refreshing and a necessary reminder for me.
Nov 02, 2011 rated it liked it
I received this book from First Reads. I had no idea that I would love it so much! Very original and fun concept.
Kathy Gray
Sep 27, 2011 rated it liked it
This is as different a book as I have read in a long time. I won this book in a goodreads giveaway. This book gave me a lot to think about. Choices are hard to make, no matter what
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I was drawn to this book by the highly original set-up. A child choosing whether to be born? It really takes a new spin on the abortion debate (or, if you're not political, sets up some great philosophical questions about the value of life). Prospect is not always the easiest character to like. Given that his mind is a fetus' with some downloaded posh, he can be stilted and stodgy. That said, he also has a childlike naivete that
Shanyn Hosier
The premise is ambitious and provocative: if an embryo's soul could visit Earth, interacting with others as an adult, would it choose to be born or not? The main character, Prospect, is a soul inhabiting a synthetic body for three weeks, scheduled to visit with half a dozen different people, including his parents. At the end of the experiment, he must choose whether to continue development as a fetus (his mother is pregnant with him now) or "return to the gene pool."

That last phrase probably giv
Alison DeLuca
I am already a huge Murakami fan; Kafka on the Shore is one of my very favorite books. To be able to spend a summer reading a long novel by him was a real gift. And he didn't disappoint - 1Q84 satisfied my delight in urban fantasy, science fiction, action, and wonderful writing.

The Prospect of My Arrival was a different kind of read. It is much shorter, for one thing. I read the book in a few evenings, although in part that was because I simply could not put it down. Okita uses dreamy prose that
Jt Kalnay
Nov 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Couldn't Put It Down!

I read Prospect Of My Arrival on Thanksgiving Day, 2011, while seated in the lobby of an emergency room in Oberlin, Ohio. The nearness of both life (a woman in labor was brought in while I waited) and death (I had brought in a man who thought he was having a heart attack) made the story extremely poignant and moving. Prospect is a pre-born, who is given a chance to "test drive" the human world before deciding whether he will be physically born. His spirit is given a pre-fab
Jun 27, 2012 rated it it was ok
I have mixed feelings about this book in both content and structure. First, there are typographical problems that get worse as the book goes on. Eveything from simple spelling errors and wrong words (like "he" instead of "the") to words repeating in the same sentence ("He entered the He entered the room...") to places where editing is evident because verbs no longer agree, or parts of old sentences have been left behind. I recognize these are editing problems, not necessarily the author's, but i ...more
Jul 08, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Prospect, the first in an experiment to determine if a pre-born human would choose to be born or not, the premise being that choosing to be born would produce happier humans. Prospect meets Referrals, people intended to give him an overview of how they see life and get along. After three weeks, there's a big press conference for Prospect to deliver his decision.

Happiness isn't all it's cracked up to be. Nor are humans. Good and bad, we have to take it all in and decide what to do about it.

The bo
Jun 13, 2012 rated it liked it
The initial idea of having a Pre-born experience life and relationships to evaluate whether to be born is innovative. The device of getting an outsider's take on aspects of the human condition is made more telling because the 'outsider' is in fact no alien but a potential human.
Although the idea has real possibilities it seems poorly thought through and badly developed. The science is so shallow it is impossible to suspend disbelief enough. The CyberSavant implanted microchip alone would render
Liz Rutman
Aug 10, 2012 rated it did not like it
Ack! I can't believe how many people actually liked this book. It was so poorly written, I had a hard time convincing myself to finish it. Several hours of my life I will never get back. Though the premise is interesting, that's where the creativity ends. Set in a world where the technology exists to allow an embryo to inhabit an artificial body so it can experience the world prior to birth, there are still Polaroid photos and twitter? Though personality traits can be removed from one's brain, o ...more
Dec 29, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don’t normally read science fiction, but I was bored and desperate and this was a free kindle book and guess what? I kind of loved it. Basically, there’s this extremely prochoice female scientist who thinks the world would be a happier place if every baby was allowed to decide whether it wanted to be born. But first the baby gets to experience the world for a couple weeks so it can make an informed decision. Its soul is transplanted into a dummy body, and he gets to meet a small cross-section ...more
Dixiane Hallaj
Jul 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The basic premise of the book, taking choice to a new level by allowing the child to decide whether or not to be born, piqued my interest. I found Prospect, the pre-born, a charming, likeable person. He begins with no experience, armed only with facts from his Cyber-Savant. The author has done a great job of allowing the reader to see the world through the lens of Prospect, whose very innocence lends unwitting wisdom to his words. We taste cotton candy for the first time, experience the fear of ...more
Diane Lybbert
Jun 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Interesting futuristic premise - what if an embryo could decide whether or not to be born? (sort of a reverse take on abortion...) Placed in a fabricated adult body, the 'pre-born' is given information to traverse the earth for a few weeks, meeting with pre-arranged people to help him (in this case, the story was about a male named Prospect) get to know the world, how people related, etc. At the end of the trial period, Prospect has to decide whether to be born, or go back into the gene pool. Ve ...more
Caroline Dubé
Dec 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: have-it, first-reads
I won this book on Goodreads First reads. If I could rate this book 4.5 stars, I would, because it wasn't amazing, but not far from it. It is well written and the story is great, really interesting. It gives us a new point of view on our world, an innocent and somehow objective point of view. Prospect is really a likeable character and if you start to read this novel, you will want to know what is going to happen next to Prospect.
I gave it three stars for it's bold idea. Who could come uop with the idea of giving an embryo the decision to be born or not. It asked a lot of hard questions, crossed some dark places. I assume this will be one of those books that intrigues you or you seee as foolish. I was impressed with the referrals and the life lessons they shared not only to the Prospect but to us all.
Wendy Yu
Jan 20, 2012 rated it liked it
Great premise, good execution, disappointing last chapter. The themes were so haunting, I wanted the ending to be bigger than it was.

Book dish: sunflower seeds
Jun 22, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: 9-giveaway-won
Won this from Goodreads First Reads contest.
Isham Cook
Nov 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Novels that hinge on a conceit - an ingenious idea or starting point - are the hardest kind to pull off, and the most memorable when successful. But even with flaws, as is the case with Dwight Okita's The Prospect of My Arrival, they still amount to a greater achievement, in my mind, than exquisitely written conventional "realistic" or "character-driven" novels. The conceit is hard to pull off because it is typically founded on implausibility and requires a suspension of disbelief beyond what th ...more
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“A chrome spiral staircase connects the main floor to the upper one. It reminds Prospect of a big strand of DNA. Once he's out of the shower, he feels new. He opens a window. The gentle hush of traffic is surprisingly soothing. It is like putting a seashell to his ear, but instead of hearing an ocean, he hears a city and all its voices.” 2 likes
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