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Dave ItzkoffLike a sci-fi "Syriana," "Counting Heads" offers a mélange of characters: a cloned security guard undergoing an identity crisis; a former bishop pioneering a mission to colonize distant planets; a 29-year-old man who chose to stop physically maturing at the age of 13. At its best, the novel makes a reader nostalgic (if that's the right word) for the present time, and grateful that he will never see a future in which the human body has become devalued to the point where it is merely a storehouse for information, and no one ever really dies — they are coldly declared "irretrievable." As one character sardonically puts it, "No time and no bandwidth — that's about as good a definition of death as I can imagine."
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