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July 2018: Dystopian > Immortal Life - 2 stars

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anarresa | 279 comments Immortal Life
by Stanley Bing
2 stars

The rich tech entrepreneurs of today become the impossibly rich, impossibly old titans of the future. Faced with death they pour their money into extending their life. None more than Arthur Vogel, whose scientists have discovered how to place Arthur’s consciousness into a young, genetically engineered body. The brain only develops properly with a consciousness though. That body is Gene, a man with thoughts and feeling, though a poor memory. Of course the transfer takes place, but Gene isn’t erased, and he begins to battle with Arthur for their body. Arthur has his wife and employees in his corner, Gene has a revolutionary group who want to limit the control of the big corporations and the AI they deploy.

The story sounded good but Bing didn’t dig deep into the morality, the science, the characters, or the world. It was short and easy, tried to be funny (for me, it failed) but was ultimately unsatisfying.

message 2: by Anita (new)

Anita Pomerantz | 6546 comments Dang - - sounds like a total waste of an interesting premise! It is disappointing when an author has a good idea and then the writing can't live up to it.

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