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Circuit of Heaven Mass Market Paperback – January 1, 1999

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Justine Ingham is newly arrived in the "bin," a virtual environment that humans download themselves into (forsaking their bodies) to achieve a kind of immortality. The bin is patterned after the real world, at least up to a point, making the transition from the physical to the virtual as painless and natural as possible. But things aren't going too smoothly for Justine, who appears to be dreaming someone else's dreams and remembering someone else's memories. Things get more confusing when she meets a young man named Nemo, one of the few real humans left, who only drops into the bin now and again to see his parents. The two fall instantly in love, but their relationship seems doomed from the start, because Nemo would rather die than live in the bin. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Visionary, finely wrought, and insightful, Danvers' newest novel is this and much, much more. The shape of the future is the Bin: an ideal world re-created in a computer. With the exception of a few religious fanatics and crazies, most of the people on Earth have left their bodies behind for eternal life within the machine. Existence outside of the electric utopia has become crude and primitive. Nemo is one of the holdouts, despising the virtual world ever since his parents abandoned him so they could join it. But when he visits them on his twenty-first birthday, he meets Justine and falls in love. Nemo must decide whether to join her in the computer or try to forget that she exists. His decision becomes more complicated when a fanatic group decides to use him to infect the computer with a virus that will supposedly shut off access between the two worlds. This is a highly recommended selection. Eric Robbins --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Eos (January 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380790920
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380790920
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,567,732 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Louis N. Gruber VINE VOICE on September 7, 2002
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Dennis Danvers is absolutely brilliant at taking some impossible premise and making it believable. This is the third novel of his that I've read and probably the best. In this one, a brave new world has been created, in which you can "upload" yourself into some kind of really far-out computer, and live forever in cyber-immortality. Most of humanity has already done so and is now living happily in "the Bin," while a few holdouts still populate an increasingly empty earth.
This is the background for the love story of Nemo and Justine--one living in "the real world" and the other in "the Bin." But, it's far more complicated than that. Who are these people, really? What does it mean to be a human being? What is the nature of personal identity? And, is immortality always worth the cost? These questions are explored not in theory, but in the story, and the story is beautiful.
What would you do? Give up eternal life for the person you love? Or give up real life for computerized immortality? And how would you decide? Profound and thoughtful story with an unobtrusive spiritual dimension. I recommend it highly.
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I seem to gravitate to post-apocolyptic tales, whether they be happy or troubled scenarios, and thoroughly enjoyed this complex and gripping adventure.
While the concept of converting living human personalities into virtual ones has been done before, most excellently by Frederick Pohl in his "Gateway" series for example, I relished Danvers' believable portrayals of persons good and evil, "real" and virtual, human and construct.
There were sufficient twists and surprises to keep my up beyond my usual bed times, and I was genuinely touched by the ending. It's a keeper.
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In 2081, most of the human population has had their consciousness "uploaded" into a giant computer called the Bin. The Bin is a virtual, electronic world that approximates our own. Except there is no crime, disease or death. However, most people inside the Bin are unhappy and stagnating.
Outside the Bin, there are only about 2.5 million people. The Earth's population consists of survivalists, the criminally insane, religious fanatics, and Christian fundamentalists. As you can imagine, the world is a pretty interesting place to live in.
Nemo, our 21-year old protagonist, lives in this world. After his parents abandon him to upload themselves into the Bin, he lives in his old neigborhood, fixing CD players and VCRs for barter. He lives with his protector, a Construct named Lawrence (a seven foot lizard with 4 souls), and his best friend Johnathan (a Christian fundamentalist). Nemo doesn't want to enter the Bin because his grandmother, to whom he was very close, chose to die outside the Bin.
One day, while Nemo is visiting inside the Bin with his parents, he meets Justine. Justine is Nemo's dream woman, and she seems to have no memory of her life outside the Bin.
The mystery and relationship between Justine and Nemo grows as they discover the secrets of those in the Bin, and those outside of it.
I really enjoyed this novel and I would highly recommend it to SF fans. My only complaint is that it wasn't long enough. It's 373 pages, but the size of the book is only about half the size of a normal hardcover. The cover states that Dennis Danvers is hard at work at a sequel, which I will definitely pick up as soon as it comes out.
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4 1/2 stars actually. There may have been other authors (such as, for example, Neal Stephenson) who have created a cyber or a virtual world; however, Dennis Danvers has done a brilliant, masterful job in this story of the "Bin," that real (so to speak) virtual, 3-D reality to which almost everyone has been uploaded, and from which, no one returns. Life in the Bin is seemingly without want or lack of good health or abundance; yet, there is a small percentage of the population who stayed on earth. However, the actual cities, the roads, the bridges etc. have fallen into disrepair...those who stayed on earth literally scrounge and cannibalize civilization's materialistic remains. With life thus depicted, the author has created a futuristic Romeo and Juliet scenario with characters named Nemo and Justine who play out the human drama of "falling" in love amidst the muck and mire of family secrets, cultural taboos, so called religious fundamentalists, and mind-boggling futuristic technolodgy etc. all of which seem to conspire against the young couple's fulfilling of their deep love.

Those who left the "real" life for the seemingly eternal "heaven" of the Bin did so for various reasons...some folks just wanted to maintain a state of youthfulness forever...some were facing serious illnesses and on and on. While life in the Bin is almost idyllic, some of those fundamentalist religious folk who stayed with the real earth conspire to bring about the Bin's demise, which would include the 12 billion or so who reside there. Little do our Nemo/Romeo and Justine/Juliet know that they are to be major players as this drama unfolds, as they are each occupied with events of their past which are very unsettled or unresolved.
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