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In The Cloud [Kindle Edition]

Jamie Todd Rubin
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Book Description

Time is running out for Manyara Chan. The disease that has ravaged her leg is spreading and she is having trouble keeping the hallucinations and pain at bay. Days from her upload to the mysterious cloud, she makes a desperate attempt to prove that things aren’t quite what they seem.

There is something ominous yet familiar about the city of the Builders and Mani enlists the help of her friends, DeMoto and Petra, to find out the truth. An unexpected detour to the moon of Phobos may just give her the answers she needs before it’s too late and Mani becomes trapped in a digital universe that she can’t escape.

An engaging story where metaphores can trap you.

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  • File Size: 241 KB
  • Print Length: 26 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: 40k (January 25, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00725C9U0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #937,786 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Oh death, where is your sting? February 6, 2012
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Science fiction at its best leads us to ask some of the hard questions. For example, what if we could engineer our own immortality, escaping what nature or God has built into our own design? If death loses its sting, will life lose its meaning? Would we still be plagued with the risk of annihilation beyond the grave? Can we celebrate with those who were lame in this life who walk again in paradise even though we suspect that the cure may not be permanent?

In Jamie Todd Rubin's short story, In the Cloud, we learn that mankind's greatest fear has been alleviated and that our greatest hope has been fulfilled by being able to live beyond the mortal constraints of the body in a virtual paradise of eternal life. For thousands of years now, humans have been able to continue the life of their conscious minds after their death by being uploaded into an ancient cloud-based reality housed on the planet Mars. But ironically, Manyara Chan has potentially discovered a fatal flaw that even its alien architects may have been aware of and left behind clues about its nature. Now she must prove her intuitions, not just to save all of future mankind, but the prior generations of souls that have gone on to the cloud as well.

Yet, there are logical problems here in this story that were distracting to me that I can't quite discuss without revealing a plot spoiler. Maybe they will occur to you as you read the story, as I hope you will. Regardless, the bittersweet end to In the Cloud brings us face to face with the important questions. And that's good science fiction.
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More About the Author

Jamie Todd Rubin is a science fiction writer and blogger with stories appearing in Analog, InterGalactic Medicine Show, Apex Magazine and 40K Books. He wrote the Wayward Time Traveler column on science fiction for SF Signal, and occasionally appears on the SF Signal podcast. Jamie also writes occasional book review and interview columns for InterGalactic Medicine Show.

His interest in the history of science fiction led him to begin his Vacation in the Golden Age, a series of biweekly posts reviewing each issue of Astounding Science Fiction from July 1939 through December 1950.

He is the Evernote Ambassador for paperless lifestyle, writing frequently about going paperless.

Jamie lives in Falls Church, Virginia with his wife and two children.


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