Goodbye for Now

Goodbye for Now

A Novel

Book - 2012
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Creating an algorithm to improve his internet dating employer's match success rate only to be fired for being too effective, Sam Elliot develops a computer program that creates compelling human simulations that allow people to say final goodbyes to lost loved ones.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780385536189
Branch Call Number: FICTION Frankel 2012
Characteristics: 289 p. ; 25 cm


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Jun 26, 2018

What does it mean for a machine to be conscious? How much digital material is enough to preserve a human mind (or a 'soul')? You can get funny, lighthearted opinions like Laurie Frankel's "Goodbye For Now" or you can watch Westworld.

Apr 06, 2013

My gramma passed away suddenly about a month after I read this book. The story inspired me to FaceTime her when I couldn't be with her in ICU.

Jan 18, 2013

Very, very well written and a surprising story. While I could not put the book down while I was reading it, I was ultimately disappointed with the subject matter and the ending. Nonetheless, I await Ms. Frankel's next novel, as I feel that she shows extraordinary promise..

ChristchurchLib Sep 19, 2012

When it comes to creating algorithms that improve matches between singles looking for love, Sam Elling is a victim of his own success. Although his creation helps Sam finds his own soul mate, it also threatens his employer's business - and results in his termination. Out of work, he develops a program based on previously sent emails that allows his new love, Meredith, to "correspond" with her recently deceased grandmother.

This soon mushrooms into a commercial success (RePose), but it also provokes moral and ethical quandaries and opposition from religious groups and, eventually, forces half of the new couple to question whether RePose is a blessing or a curse when it comes to letting go of loved ones.

Listed in the Next Reads Fiction A to Z newsletter September 2012

KatSu Sep 16, 2012

OMG What a wonderful, compelling, insightful, intriguing book! Humorous, sad, thought provoking blending and flowing and drawing you into it's web of searching, and learning and understanding, and seeking and living.

ontherideau Jun 18, 2012

Good on many levels, funny, current, thought provoking.
Would promote discussion in a young thinking bookclub


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