So what does it mean to be human? Does it mean blood and breath? Does it mean a pumping heart? Does it mean hair that grows? Does it mean the ability to love, to cry, to feel pain? In sawyers novel he pushes the limits between intelligence and humanity, and what it is to be truly alive. In Mindscan science has discovered the technology that permits the transfer of the essence of a person and all that which is that person to a vessel nested in a, for want of a better term, robot. In essence, this bestows a kind of immortality upon the person scanned. Both the original and the copy continue to exist until one or the other change their mind. And that is exactly what happens in the novel. The novel is provocative and poignant. It raises some significant questions about who we are and who we think wa are. And most importantly, the novel recounts a compelling tale.
I love the thought provoking moral and ethical issues that Sawyer brings up in this book. Excellent read.
Jake Sullivan, a forty something wealthy executive
decides to have his mind scanned and placed in an
android body. His father died at 39 of a brain hemorrhage and
Jake has inherited this medical condition. He has to retire to
the far side of the moon and live the rest of his life there.
His android self meets a famous author who also had her brained scanned and they
develop a romantic relationship. Karen dies on the moon and her son
probates her will and wants to take all Karen’s money away from Karen’s android.
Jake finds out there is a cure for his illness and has surgery done on the moon.
Jake wants to return to earth but both he and his android can’t reside on earth.
What I liked about this novel is that it deals with many issues: immortality, the
role of the consciousness on the mind; human identity and the ethics of biotechnology. The novel is very humourous and is insightful. This book has a good combination of hard science fiction and good storytelling.
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