Permutation City

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Greg Egan

GENRES:
Hard Sci-Fi

SUMMARY:
In the mid twenty-first century, five people strive to meet their goals of personal, digital longevity. Their disparate motivations and methods converge on Paul Durham, humble servant to a manic vision of how the universe works. His experiments and business model launch a new existence for human consciousness.

RESPONSE:
In Permutation City Greg Egan has written an exploration of what it means to be human that surpasses anything I have ever read. I was staggered not only by the concepts he incorporated into the story but also the completeness with which he was able to explore them. This is stunning science fiction both in content and form.

To allay suspicions that I am a mindless Greg Egan fan, I will say that there was some expository dialogue on page sixty-one that seemed a little clumsy. Other than that, this is a compelling, heady read.

With his capacity to write such a convincing treatment of what immortality might mean to humanity, the world is lucky that Greg Egan, to date, hasn’t shown any Hubbardic tendencies. Keep this book out of the hands of anyone with religious leanings or other conditions that cause them trouble in dealing with reality as the rest of the population experiences it.

POINT BLANK:
If The Matrix could send people into mental hospitals, this book could see them stay there.

Reviewed by Worldslaziestbusker