Permutation city

340 pages

English language

Published Aug. 13, 1994 by HarperPrism.

ISBN:
9780061054815
OCLC Number:
33253914

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5 stars (15 reviews)

The story of a man with a vision - immortality : for those who can afford it is found in cyberspace. Permutation city is the tale of a man with a vision - how to create immortality - and how that vision becomes something way beyond his control. Encompassing the lives and struggles of an artificial life junkie desperate to save her dying mother, a billionaire banker scarred by a terrible crime, the lovers for whom, in their timeless virtual world, love is not enough - and much more - Permutation city is filled with the sense of wonder.

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Best science fiction I've ever read

5 stars

It's hard sci-fi, with the basic conceit that fundamentally, physics literally is math, that everything mathematical literally exists. But what's most gripping is the description of consciousness and simulated or repeated consciousness, and slicing it, and duplicating it, and messing with it. Made me feel weird while reading it, and still does, and informs the way I think about the mind.

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  • Twenty-first century -- Fiction