Mindscan

Mass Market Paperback | December 27, 2005

byRobert J. Sawyer

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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.

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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...

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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Format:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 6.68 × 4.18 × 1 inPublished:December 27, 2005Language:English

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ISBN - 10:0765349752

ISBN - 13:9780765349750

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another Winner! Really enjoyed this story of transferred-uploaded human consciousness, as told by both the original biological person, as well as the uploaded successor. Really interesting, but not pedantic, exploration of the bioethics and philosophy of consciousness and the soul.
Date published: 2015-05-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Canadian Sci-Fi An action-packed thought experiment on what it would be like for a human brain to uploaded into a machine. Sawyer describes this process in great detail, you almost feel what it's like for a mind to occupy a machine body. Not to mention the philosophical and ethical implications this idea poses... Couldn't put this one down!
Date published: 2014-10-30
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