Tor Books, Mass Market Paperbound, 9780765349750, 367pp.
Publication Date: January 1, 2010
Robert J. Sawyer's "Hominids," the first volume of his bestselling Neanderthal Parallax trilogy, won the 2003 Hugo Award, and its sequel, "Humans," was a 2004 Hugo nominee. Now he's back with a pulse-pounding, mind-expanding standalone novel, rich with his signature philosophical and ethical speculations, all grounded in cutting-edge science.
Jake Sullivan has cheated death: he's discarded his doomed biological body and copied his consciousness into an android form. The new Jake soon finds love, something that eluded him when he was encased in flesh: he falls for the android version of Karen, a woman rediscovering all the joys of life now that she's no longer constrained by a worn-out body either.
But suddenly Karen's son sues her, claiming that by uploading into an immortal body, she has done him out of his inheritance. Even worse, the original version of Jake, consigned to die on the far side of the moon, has taken hostages there, demanding the return of his rights of personhood. In the courtroom and on the lunar surface, the future of uploaded humanity hangs in the balance.
"Mindscan" is vintage Sawyer -- a feast for the mind and the heart.
Praise for Mindscan
"Sawyer's most ambitious work to date; a brilliant and innovative novel that positively sings with humor, insight, and depth." --SF Site
"Sawyer lucidly explores fascinating philosophical conundrums." --Entertainment Weekly
"A tale involving courtroom drama, powerful human emotion and challenging SF mystery. Sawyer juggles it all with intelligence and far-reaching vision worthy
of Isaac Asimov." --Starlog
"With his customary flair for combining hard science with first-rate storytelling, Sawyer imagines a future of all-too-real possibilities." --Library Journal
"This tightly plotted hard-SF novel offers plenty of philosophical speculation on the ethics of bio-technology and the nature of consciousness."--Publishers Weekly
"A delightful read that grips the reader with engaging characters and cosmic ideas." --Winnipeg Free Press