Mindscan by Robert J. SawyerMindscan by Robert J. Sawyer


byRobert J. Sawyer

Mass Market Paperback | December 27, 2005

Pricing and Purchase Info


Earn 50 plum® points

Out of stock online

Not available in stores


Hugo Award-winning author Robert J. Sawyer is back with Mindscan, 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.

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

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0765349752

ISBN - 13:9780765349750

Look for similar items by category:


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow Put yourself in the following situation: You are a young person in the prime of your life when you are told that you are terminally ill. You will be able to spend the rest of your life in peace and quiet provided you agree to live on the moon while your clone replaces you at work (you are a productive person after all). While on the moon colony for the terminally ill, you find out that the disease you have has been cured, but the clone refuses to give up what he has on Earth and the rules forbid your return. Sure, they'll cure you, but you cannot come home. What would you do? That is exactly what happens in this interesting novel by one of Canada's premier SF writers.
Date published: 2017-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Story by a Great Author! The exploration of ethics and science through the lens of Sawyers imagination was fantastic. Thought-provoking, but not in a way that made it a boring read. Would recommend.
Date published: 2016-11-17
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

Editorial Reviews

"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"