Part (not inconceivably far in the future) sci-fi, part murder mystery.. with a sprinkling of morality (and what ifs...)
Most summaries you will come across talk about the character's striving to "capture/reproduce" a soul - and the choices (or rather inevitable paths) that distinguishes life and the afterlife.
I see this as a study of morals... what would you do if you were "you" but immortal or incorporeal. How would this change your relationship with others.. the world.. your morals and self beliefs?
Peter Hobson (main character) wants to study life after death so creates copies of his own personality (captured with advanced sensor and stored on a computer):
- one is a control,
- one simulates immortality and
- one simulates incorporeality
Unfortunately, they "escape" and one of these "souls" starts to murder people in Peter's life. All clues start to point to Peter..
We follow Peter's quest to track down the killer and are introduced to what we may wish to do, but are bound by our imposed morals, ties to our corporeal self and fear of mortality .
Would you actually kill someone if you could not be caught.. if you were immortal.. had no physical body..
I have to recommend this - it was one the books that brought me back to sci-fi and I originally bought to read. I could not put it down and finished it in a weekend - am excited that it is back as an audible book.
It is one of the few books I am happy to come back to again and again - and the other is Ends Game (by Orson Scott Card)
NOTE: this was originally a serial in ANALOG magazine under the title "Hobson's Choice".
Earth is now a shadow of itself after going through a nuclear holocaust. The Vegan's have taken over - no no, not that type, picture Vogons (Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy). Conrad (the narrator) has been tasked with being the tour guide.. he's not keen on the idea.. but during this the Vegan's life is threatened and we find that it has become imperative that the Vegan stays alive... but why... the book gently takes you and carries you through to the end..
Definitely one of those books that I would put up there with:
Karel Capek - R.U.R. (Rossum's Universal Robots)
Aldous Huxley - Brave New World
BTW: those that have read my review will know I am quite particular about narration - has to be engaging and clear.. definitely a thumbs up here. Victor Bevine is definitely someone to follow.
An aptly named title.. 2 short stories that are interlinked, yet can be approached on their own.
Both stories run over the "same" timeframe - but from two different perspectives.
The 1st story is about a man's journey at 41 years old, to help himself 20 years ago through time travel... the 2nd about his life as of 21 year old being approached from a man who claims to be himself, but from the future.
Part of yourself is extrapolating very "cliched" variants for the ending - but the twist is familiar yet surprising... won't spoil it, but do be patient.
Only 4 stars - because it would have been interesting from Megan's perspective!
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