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
Mindscan is vintage Sawyer -- a feast for the mind and the