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Despite the detractions, I enjoyed the book immensely and found the ending surprisingly poignant.
It helps to have a technical background and basic understanding of computer science IMHO to fully appreciate this book.
When I first read it, I had been mostly reading Nanotech science fiction, which is definitely great.
The book exists in two parts. The first is a journey of discovery to the central conceit of the second part. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Amazon Customer
My first Egan book and it was amazing. Conceptually complex and challenging. The AI, VR and comp sci stuff was smart and convincing. Read morePublished 20 days ago by kahner
Permutation City took me by surprise, it's a deep exposition on the implications of humanity becoming a digital life form - not dealing with the technical aspects, but rather the... Read morePublished 25 days ago by J. Aardal
This is great philosophical science fiction. It made me put the book down a few times and just think about rebuttals to the main position presented by one of the characters... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Joseph W. Wezorek
Another Egan classic. Great exploration of continuum and simulacra.Published 2 months ago by Ron Kropp
I wanted to like Permutation City far more than I did. I liked the premise of body scanning to create AIs to continue living online after you die. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Thomas Duff
Engrossing what if ! Uses a lot of the writer's art to mix reality. at times, I thought I was in the virtual world!Published 3 months ago by Claude c Hartman
A great read. I found some parts technical and difficult to follow, but the concept is thought-provoking and imaginative!Published 5 months ago by James Torquin
I loved this book. Couldn't put it down. You don't need a lot of AI knowledge to fully grasp the story, but knowing your way around a computer would help. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Caraleisa