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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.
Dense as hell but worth it if you keep up. Egan if you read this, I enjoy your crazy mind, what is next?Published 1 day ago by Matthew don
The content of the book is fantastic. Great read. It's the construction of the book, however, that keeps me from giving 5 stars. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Scott Hornberger
It is filled with great ideas. a little slow and dense with jargon, but ultimately satisfying. I think I'll read some more Egan.Published 25 days ago by Nick
The book exists in two parts. The first is a journey of discovery to the central conceit of the second part. Read morePublished 1 month 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 1 month 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 2 months 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 3 months ago by Joseph W. Wezorek
Another Egan classic. Great exploration of continuum and simulacra.Published 3 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 4 months ago by Thomas Duff