Zendegi

Zendegi

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by Greg Egan
     
 

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In the near future, journalist Martin Seymour travels to Iran to cover the parliamentary elections. Most would-be opposition candidates are disqualified and the election becomes the non-event the world expects. But shortly afterward a compromising image of a government official captured on a mobile phone triggers a revolutionary movement that overthrows the old

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In the near future, journalist Martin Seymour travels to Iran to cover the parliamentary elections. Most would-be opposition candidates are disqualified and the election becomes the non-event the world expects. But shortly afterward a compromising image of a government official captured on a mobile phone triggers a revolutionary movement that overthrows the old theocracy. Nasim Golestani, a young Iranian scientist living in exile in the United States, is hoping to work on the Human Connectome Project — which aims to construct a detailed map of the wiring of the human brain — but when government funding for the project is canceled and a chance comes to return to her homeland, she chooses to head back to Iran.
Fifteen years after the revolution, Martin is living in Iran with his wife and young son, while Nasim is in charge of the virtual world known as Zendegi, used by millions of people for entertainment and business. When Zendegi comes under threat from powerful competitors, Nasim draws on her old skills, and data from the now-completed Human Connectome Project, to embark on a program to create more lifelike virtual characters and give the company an unbeatable edge. As controversy grows over the nature and rights of these software characters, tragedy strikes Martin's family. Martin turns to Nasim, seeking a solution that no one else can offer... but Zendegi is about to become a battlefield.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781597801751
Publisher:
Night Shade Books
Publication date:
05/03/2011
Pages:
300
Sales rank:
895,740
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

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Zendegi 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
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Started to read this and soon became bored with it. But continued reading to the end due to reader reviews that it would get better, which sadly, it did not. The story was not very well writen, jumped around too much, confusing at times, and not worth my time. Just goes to show you can't always rely on reader reviews.
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Nice story with a good rythm. Sometimes, I got lost with the characters and also the end is too quick to arrive. A good story nonetheless.
sandystarr28 More than 1 year ago
This story starts out a little slow, with several seemingly unrelated events, but when all of these things start to merge, it all makes sense. It it a bittersweet reminder that no matter how far technology may take us, it can never be an adequate substitution for human emotion.
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Sara Feijo More than 1 year ago
Well written, engaging, full of characters you want to knowm deep and complex but zero drama.
Measure More than 1 year ago
Zendegi is about the moral and social implications of A/I and V/R. Before you dismiss it with 'not that old horse, again,' I beg you to pick it up. The second to the last chapter made me weep. Can't remember when I last read a novel with such realism when it comes to characters. That one of the story lines is about the development of artificial intelligence while the author is himself developing artificial people (the characters) so brilliantly gives me a sense of vertigo. I heard a rumor that he'll give us a sequel. In the mean time I'm focusing on getting my hands on everything this man has ever written. And imvho, so should you.
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