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Mindscan

by Robert J. Sawyer

December 27, 2005 | Mass Market Paperbound

Mindscan is rated 2.5 out of 5 by 2.
Robert J. Sawyer''s Hominids, the first volume of his bestselling Neanderthal Parallax trilogy, won the 2003 Hugo Award, and its sequel, Humans, was a 2004 Hugo nominee. Now he''s back with a pulse-pounding, mind-expanding standalone novel, rich with his signature philosophical and ethical speculations, all grounded in cutting-edge science.
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 love, something 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''s no longer constrained by a worn-out body either.
But suddenly Karen''s son sues her, claiming that by uploading into an immortal body, she has done him out of his inheritance. Even worse, the original version of Jake, consigned to die on the far side of the moon, has taken hostages there, 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.
Mindscan is vintage Sawyer -- a feast for the mind and the heart.

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 384 pages, 2.63 × 1.65 × 0.39 in

Published: December 27, 2005

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0765349752

ISBN - 13: 9780765349750

Found in: Science Fiction and Fantasy

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Where science fiction meets sociology & psychology As always, Robert Sawyer gives us more than an Sci-Fi tale when he brings us "Mindscan." Robotic bodies that are capable of handling a "photocopy" of our personality are designed, and while this means immortality (for the rich, of course) after a fashion, the original organic human still exists after the personality is transferred. The legal, social, and moral implications are where the meat of this story lies, and the main characters are a fantastic case study to enjoy. What would you do if you were dying, could copy your mind into a new body, but that meant basically locking your original organic form somewhere away, and taking over its life - could you do that, ultimately, to yourself?
Date published: 2006-07-29
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Had promise, but does not deliver The ideas brought up in this book are interesting, but the author does a poor job of expressing them without revealing his own (obvious) biases. There is so much that makes you wince while reading it, that it cannot be described as enjoyable. First, the excessive anti-Americanism of the author is not only clear, but he is very juvenile about it. I imagine the subtitle could easily be "America SUX". Second, the amount of cultural references was too much to handle. As a Canadian from his generation, I was able to "get it", but good luck if you don't fit into that profile. I think good stories should stand on their own. Over the years this will become even more unreadable. Lastly, I felt no empathy or sympathy for the main characters. Right to the end I was hoping they would lose. I could not reccomend this book to anyone, and I'm glad I did not waste money on it (it was a gift).
Date published: 2006-06-19

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Mindscan

by Robert J. Sawyer

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 384 pages, 2.63 × 1.65 × 0.39 in

Published: December 27, 2005

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0765349752

ISBN - 13: 9780765349750

From the Publisher

Robert J. Sawyer''s Hominids, the first volume of his bestselling Neanderthal Parallax trilogy, won the 2003 Hugo Award, and its sequel, Humans, was a 2004 Hugo nominee. Now he''s back with a pulse-pounding, mind-expanding standalone novel, rich with his signature philosophical and ethical speculations, all grounded in cutting-edge science.
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 love, something 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''s no longer constrained by a worn-out body either.
But suddenly Karen''s son sues her, claiming that by uploading into an immortal body, she has done him out of his inheritance. Even worse, the original version of Jake, consigned to die on the far side of the moon, has taken hostages there, 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.
Mindscan is vintage Sawyer -- a feast for the mind and the heart.

About the Author

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.

Editorial Reviews

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 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
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