Deus X

Deus X

by Norman Spinrad
     
 

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Can human consciousness exist within the framework of an electronic "brain" and still maintain its humanity? In DEUS X, a dying priest's consciousness is uploaded into the most advanced computer of the day - and what ensues is a thought-provoking, entertaining and overly intriguing clash between the various characters surrounding the experiment, a female Pope and a

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Can human consciousness exist within the framework of an electronic "brain" and still maintain its humanity? In DEUS X, a dying priest's consciousness is uploaded into the most advanced computer of the day - and what ensues is a thought-provoking, entertaining and overly intriguing clash between the various characters surrounding the experiment, a female Pope and a computer guru who'd rather be sailing and smoking pot, for example.

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Carl Hays
Following closely the success of his prophetic and ideologically probing best-seller, "Russian Spring" , Spinrad adds his sardonic voice to the steadily expanding sf subcategory of cyberspace exploration. The backdrop here is an Earth in the final throes of ozone depletion. Patrons of a computerized global network now have the option of downloading their identities into the network's big board before their physical deaths, which brings the Catholic Church to a crisis over deciding both the reality and the fate of the immortal souls thus to be encoded. The solution proposed by the first female pope is to be effected via the transmutation of a dying church father into a computerized personality pattern to be subjected to strict theological cross-examination. Spinrad's technique of alternating first-person narration between the immortalized priest and a futuristic, hemp-smoking Sam Spade hired to retrieve heisted software works well as a vehicle for penetrating speculations on the fusion of virtual reality and artificial intelligence. As in all of Spinrad's work, literary and entertainment values both are high.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780575117372
Publisher:
Orion Publishing Group, Limited
Publication date:
04/30/2014
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
369 KB

Meet the Author

Norman Spinrad (1940 - ) Norman Richard Spinrad was born in New York City in 1941. He began publishing science fiction in 1963 and has been an important, if sometimes controversial, figure in the genre ever since. He was a regular contributor to New Worlds magazine and, ironically, the cause of its banning by W H Smith, which objected to the violence and profanity in his serialised novel Bug Jack Barron. Spinrad's work has never shied away from the confrontational, be it casting Hitler as a spiteful pulp novelist or satirising the Church of Scientology. In addition to his SF novels, he has written non-fiction, edited anthologies and contributed a screenplay to the second season of Star Trek. In 2003, Norman Spinrad was awarded the Prix Utopia, a life achievement award given by the Utopiales International Festival in Frances, where he now lives.

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