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In Memories with Maya, human sexuality gets an upgrade... That's what Clyde deSouza explores in his highly entertaining near-future science-fiction novel -- i09.com

Just as I was, you will find yourself totally absorbed in the adrenaline rush of developing cutting edge technology. -- Jeff Wallace, Examiner.com

I found the writing worked well for me. The pace was good, the prose was good. The story kept me interested. -- David Brandt, HardSF.orgPreview


"He pulls an epic amount of research into his storyline on augmented eyeglass technology and visorwear. -- Ann Reynolds, The Huffington Post.


"I'll speculate that a good portion of the global population would be entirely comfortable with a human/AI relationship, if not in such a union themselves"... -Joe Nickence, The IEET.

"If your body died, but you had a mindclone, you would not feel that you personally died, although the body would be missed more sorely than amputees miss their limbs." I think it would be very cool to combine this concept with the advanced augmented-reality technology described in the novel. -- Giulio Prisco, Futurist, Transhumanism editor, Kurzweil AI


In Clyde deSouza's science fiction novel Memories with Maya, however, AI and Augmented Reality add to the transhuman mix (in the form of haptic interfaces) by imagining how we'll interact with the reanimated avatars of our loved ones. The concept is fascinating and imminently credible.-- John Havens, Mashable.

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No Vampires, no Spaceships, no cliffs to hang off, no FTL travel (although there is tele-traveling).
I'd like to label this as Low-Level (to borrow programming terminology) near future science fiction, grounded in plausible science.
Yet, the story is two layered, and aimed at audiences who like to geek out on the social aspects of AI and AR technology, on Human Evolution and our inevitable Technological Singularity.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 210 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 16, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1482514885
  • ISBN-13: 978-1482514889
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,870,703 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Samantha Atkins on July 4, 2013
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The technology portrayed in this book is quite believable extension of current state of the art. I have strong personal interest in the interaction and blending of the virtual and physical worlds and in augmented reality. So I was immediately hooked by the technical aspects of the book which were well done. They gave me some ideas for things to pursue.

I also enjoyed the characters of the book. The main characters are quite believable and realistic to bright innovative people I have known. The portrayal of a digitally mediated long distance love relationship complete with tele-haptic devices was a good segway to the fuller capabilities of a 3D AR remote presence.

From a technological speculation point of view I give the book five stars. From a literature point of view I give it three stars as I felt like the quite excellent pace of the beginning of the book sort of tapered off after the tragedy that took the life of Maya. In retrospect I think that the nature of that tragedy was a bit convoluted for the needs of the story. A simple and all too common traffic accident might have worked as well. The tragedy was also a high drama point that was not sustained or other dramatic peaks reached in the remainder of the book. I felt there was too little dramatic tension in much of the rest of the book as things just seemed to fall into place for the characters without much resistance thereafter.

So I give it a combined score of 4 out of 5. Very much worth reading.
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Some have said that science fiction often becomes reality. I hope this is the case with this story.

This is a great story about how the use of technology may change and shape our everyday lives. The book was great and increased my appetite to read more stories that are similar in nature. The author does a great job developing characters and the plot is diverse and captivating. If you are a futurist, you will love this one.

I look forward to the day when the concepts in this book are part of everyday life.
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"Memories with Maya" by Clyde Dsouza is a technology thriller, with some romance and erotica, that will take you on an intense journey along with Daniel, Krish and Maya as take virtual reality to new heights. Just as I was, you will find yourself totally absorbed in the adrenaline rush of developing cutting edge technology, the secret romance that is fed by the closeness that this augmented reality technology provides and the tragedy when human greed becomes involved. You will find hope in that sometimes even out of our tragedies we can find inspiration to continue what we started in a new and wonderful direction.
The main character in the book is Daniel who dreams about creating an augmented reality universe. He manages to take his dream as far as he can with his limited resources. The next step is to contact an old friend that has resources and the talent to bring his dream to fruition. Together they are able to create augmented reality googles they call "Wizer".
The book is about so much more then just creating a new augmented reality technology or keeping a relationship alive in the face of a tragedy that looks like the end. Just as with many great books "Memories with Maya" goes beyond telling just the main story with its many sub-plots and has a message interwoven throughout the story. A good example of one of these sub-plots and one of my favorite parts is Daniels work at the night club where he mixes his love technology with his love of music. The message that technology can be used in many areas but it can be a double edge sword when humans get involved and use it for unintended applications.
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"Memories with Maya" is a science-fiction book with more science than fiction. But this is not a bad thing, especially for us, 3D and artificial intelligence afficionados... CEOs and R&D project managers in the IT field should read "Memories with Maya" to have a glimpse of what will be the next generation of Kinect, Siri, Second life, AR drones, and music synthesizers...
On top of the tech side of the book, the story is rather compelling with some nice views of the next century Mumbai city, a strange mix of modernity and tradition that may as well become a reality in a few decades.

Clyde de Sousa is also the author of the technical book "Think in 3D" that I also read and found very useful for anybody involved in the 3D cinema business (Think in 3D: Food For Thought for Directors, Cinematographers and Stereographers).

I got "Memories with Maya" in Kindle version so it was easy to read on the go. Recommended!
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Well, I just finished the book after starting it only a few hours ago, it's quick to read with easy language, so if anyone's scared of books this is an easy choice.

As the author explains, there are two sides to the story, the first explaining a bit about the technology and ethics surrounding the Wizers (very cool google glasses) and secondly (and more interesting for me) the idea of Quantum Archeology.

What will be normal for us in the decades to come? With so much amazing technology we will be able to do unthinkable things today. Ethical questions need to be addressed, and this story will get you thinking.

It is mainly based on science and ethics more than thrilling action with x ray glasses etc... If you are looking for a book with an amazing plot and surprises, maybe try a different one. If you're looking for an interesting insight on what future technology holds, go for it.

On a lighter note, currently in a long term relationship I could use some of that technology!
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