Mindscan

Mindscan

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Jake Sullivan has cheated death: he's discarded his doomed biological body and copied his consciousness into an android form. The new Jake soon finds the love that eluded him when he was encased in flesh - he falls for the android version of Karen, a woman rediscovering all the joys of life now that she too is no longer constrained by a worn-out body. But Karen's son sues her, claiming that by uploading into an immortal body she has cheated him out of his inheritance. Even worse, the original version of Jake has taken hostages on the far side of the moon where he had been consigned to die, demanding the return of his rights of personhood. In the courtroom and on the lunar surface, the future of uploaded humanity hangs in the balance.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 116.84 x 180.34 x 30.48mm | 181.44g
  • St Martin's Press
  • Tor Books
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0765349752
  • 9780765349750
  • 203,801

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Sawyer lucidly explores fascinating philosophical conundrums. "A tale involving courtroom drama, powerful human emotion and challenging SF mystery. Sawyer juggles it all with intelligence and far-reaching vision worthy ""This tightly plotted hard-SF novel offers plenty of philosophical speculation on the ethics of bio-technology and the nature of consciousness." "Sawyer lucidly explores fascinating philosophical conundrums." --Entertainment Weekly"A tale involving courtroom drama, powerful human emotion and challenging SF mystery. Sawyer juggles it all with intelligence and far-reaching vision worthy of Isaac Asimov." --Starlog"Sawyer deftly examines what a future might be like in two neighboring countries that have become polar opposites. And he focuses on the legal and moral ramifications involved in various definitions of humanity in an intriguing and stylistically fine story. Grade: A." --Rocky Mountain News""Sawyer's most ambitious work to date; a brilliant and innovative novel that positively sings with humor, insight, and depth." --SF Site "With his customary flair for combining hard science with first-rate storytelling, Sawyer imagines a future of all-too-real possibilities." --Library Journal"This tightly plotted hard-SF novel offers plenty of philosophical speculation on the ethics of bio-technology and the nature of consciousness." --Publishers Weekly"A delightful read that grips the reader with engaging characters and cosmic ideas." --Winnipeg Free Press" Sawyer lucidly explores fascinating philosophical conundrums. Entertainment Weekly A tale involving courtroom drama, powerful human emotion and challenging SF mystery. Sawyer juggles it all with intelligence and far-reaching vision worthy of Isaac Asimov. Starlog Sawyer deftly examines what a future might be like in two neighboring countries that have become polar opposites. And he focuses on the legal and moral ramifications involved in various definitions of humanity in an intriguing and stylistically fine story. Grade: A. Rocky Mountain News" Sawyer's most ambitious work to date; a brilliant and innovative novel that positively sings with humor, insight, and depth. SF Site With his customary flair for combining hard science with first-rate storytelling, Sawyer imagines a future of all-too-real possibilities. Library Journal This tightly plotted hard-SF novel offers plenty of philosophical speculation on the ethics of bio-technology and the nature of consciousness. Publishers Weekly A delightful read that grips the reader with engaging characters and cosmic ideas. Winnipeg Free Press"" Sawyer's most ambitious work to date; a brilliant and innovative novel that positively sings with humor, insight, and depth. "SF Site" Sawyer lucidly explores fascinating philosophical conundrums. "Entertainment Weekly" A tale involving courtroom drama, powerful human emotion and challenging SF mystery. Sawyer juggles it all with intelligence and far-reaching vision worthy of Isaac Asimov. "Starlog" With his customary flair for combining hard science with first-rate storytelling, Sawyer imagines a future of all-too-real possibilities. "Library Journal" This tightly plotted hard-SF novel offers plenty of philosophical speculation on the ethics of bio-technology and the nature of consciousness. "Publishers Weekly" A delightful read that grips the reader with engaging characters and cosmic ideas. "Winnipeg Free Press"" "Sawyer's most ambitious work to date; a brilliant and innovative novel that positively sings with humor, insight, and depth." --"SF Site""Sawyer lucidly explores fascinating philosophical conundrums." --"Entertainment Weekly ""A tale involving courtroom drama, powerful human emotion and challenging SF mystery. Sawyer juggles it all with intelligence and far-reaching vision worthyof Isaac Asimov." --"Starlog""""With his customary flair for combining hard science with first-rate storytelling, Sawyer imagines a future of all-too-real possibilities." --"Library Journal""""This tightly plotted hard-SF novel offers plenty of philosophical speculation on the ethics of bio-technology and the nature of consciousness."--"Publishers Weekly """"A delightful read that grips the reader with engaging characters and cosmic ideas." --"Winnipeg Free Press" Praise for Mindscan"Sawyer's most ambitious work to date; a brilliant and innovative novel that positively sings with humor, insight, and depth." --"SF Site""Sawyer lucidly explores fascinating philosophical conundrums." --"Entertainment Weekly ""A tale involving courtroom drama, powerful human emotion and challenging SF mystery. Sawyer juggles it all with intelligence and far-reaching vision worthyof Isaac Asimov." --"Starlog""""With his customary flair for combining hard science with first-rate storytelling, Sawyer imagines a future of all-too-real possibilities." --"Library Journal""""This tightly plotted hard-SF novel offers plenty of philosophical speculation on the ethics of bio-technology and the nature of consciousness."--"Publishers Weekly """"A delightful read that grips the reader with engaging characters and cosmic ideas." --"Winnipeg Free Press"
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About Robert J. Sawyer

Robert J. Sawyer is the Hugo Award-winning author of Hominids, the Nebula Award-winning author of The Terminal Experiment, and the Aurora Award-winning author of FlashForward, basis for the ABC TV series. He is also the author of the WWW series--Wake, Watch and Wonder--and many other books. He was born in Ottawa and lives in Toronto.
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2,154 ratings
3.79 out of 5 stars
5 22% (484)
4 43% (919)
3 28% (598)
2 6% (128)
1 1% (25)
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