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Book review: Darwinia
Reviewed: Friday, August 11, 2006

Summer reading: Spin
Reviewed: Saturday, August 5, 2006

Reviewed: Tuesday, July 18, 2006

the Omnivoire's Delimma
Reviewed: Wednesday, July 12, 2006

the Golem's Eye
Reviewed: Wednesday, May 31, 2006


Altered Carbon
Monday, November 28, 2005

Markus Fix recommended Altered Carbon ages and ages ago (ok, it was really less than two years but that's a decade in internet time <grin>) but it didn't reach the top of my stack until last week. What a wonderful book! Interesting science fiction, great plot, fine characterization; it was a treat to read.

The only thing for me not to like was Morgan's dubious philosophical premise that we can store minds and swap them from one body to another. I'm strongly of the opinion that embodiment has far more importance than the Western tradition allows (see, for example, here). But all fiction requires some suspension of disbelief and Altered Carbon is well worth the effort. Besides, the issues Morgan raises regarding identity, person-hood, and psychology using body swapping as the mechanism make for excellent dream time fodder. Highly recommended.


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