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Memories With Maya Paperback – March 16, 2013
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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
"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.
From the Author
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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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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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!
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Gosh, a lot of virtual reality stuff I found very difficult to understand mixed in with an obsessive love story. Read morePublished 13 months ago by James Lane
There are books that pump high octane into my optimistic cylinders and get me revved up for the future. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Techno-Optimist
This was a fantastic read. Really made you think about the not so distant future and how you will handle grief. You are torn on several issue and surprised by the direction change.Published 22 months ago by J Camery
I loved this story, although it is very short (although perhaps it just seemed like that because it flowed so well) and does not have the traditional plot. Read morePublished on June 21, 2014 by Jonathan
Memories with Maya was a great read! I've read some of the best cyberpunk out there, and this story is one of the closest to current reality that I've ever read! Read morePublished on March 21, 2014 by Olaf Growald
Daniel and his best friend Krish are on the fast track to success with their AI technology working for AIRI, when tragedy strikes one night at a night club during a... Read more
Memories with Maya is a book that any sci fi enthusiast needs to pick up and enjoy for themselves.This is the type of book that is the hardest for me personally to review, I... Read morePublished on March 10, 2014 by Agapa Reads