- Hardcover: 529 pages
- Publisher: Pyr; 1st edition (April 8, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1591023114
- ISBN-13: 978-1591023111
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.7 x 9.2 inches
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From School Library Journal
Adult/High School–In the late 21st century, nanotech and true artificial intelligence have become everyday realities. A new, developing technology called d-mat offers cheap, fast transportation for everyone. Its champions declare that it possibly holds the secret to humankind's immortality. Its opponents fear the d-mat's potential to harm the human body. Williams makes full use of this detailed future world that echoes William Gibson's Neuromancer (Penguin, 1984) and blends it with an Agatha Christie-style plot to create an exciting mystery-thriller that's nearly impossible to put down. A diabolical serial killer exploits some hidden glitches within the d-mat technology to kidnap his unsuspecting victims. Detective Marylin Blaylock spearheads the investigation, a case made all the more personal with all the murder victims strangely resembling her. Although he's spent the last three years lying unconscious in a tub of protein gel, the prime suspect is Jonah McEven, Blaylock's former partner. He's forced to aid in the investigation in order to prove his own innocence. The professional and personal history between the two complicates matters and helps humanize the characters. As an added twist, McEven reopens the investigation of the death of his father, a noted scientist opposed to d-mat. The two story lines converge in a fulfilling climax that digs deeper into the novel's themes. This book raises interesting and unique questions of legality, technology, and identity. Slightly reminiscent of Philip K. Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (Ballantine, 1996), it's sure to thrill readers.–Matthew L. Moffett, Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale
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"...What if matter transmitters ("Beam me up, Scotty") really worked?...Convincingly realized...the vigorous narrative whizzing along at hyperspeed." -- Kirkus Reviews, February 1, 2005
"...echoes William Gibson's Neuromancer......nearly impossible to put down...raises interesting and unique questions of legality, technology, and identity." -- School Library Journal, April 2005
"...magically prefigures those childhood terrors of tomorrow, resulting in a police procedural that is unblinking, noirish, and gnawingly compelling." -- Scott Westerfeld, author of The Risen Empire
"...one of the brightest new generation Aussie SF stars. The Resurrected Man pushes cyberpunks envelope, then licks its stamp." -- Damien Broderick, award-winning author of God Players
"Like all good science fiction, this novel raises important questions, without dictating specific answers. It is compulsively readable." -- Locus
"Sean Williams is one of the best writers of future noir thrillers around." -- Cheryl Morgan, Emerald City
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In this novel, the man was awakened by a dull, but persistent murmur. His body hurt everywhere and his limbs were too cramped to move. He found himself lying beneath the surface of in a pool of water. He was not breathing! Suddenly he erupted from the water in terror.
Hands reached out to support him as he coughed up the fluid in his lungs. The voices identified him as Jonah McEwen and, when his eyes cleared, he found himself facing Marylin Blaycock. Now her hair is not blonde and she is not working for him, but for the police.
Jonah has been missing for more than three years under a privacy seal. The police had not come to his apartment to rescue him, but to investigate another crime. Now they suspect him of killing the victim. The medics take care of his immediate needs and then the officers start interrogating him. When Jonah recognizes their approach, he refuses to answer any more questions. Then they show him the remains.
In this story, the Matter-transference Investigative Unit (MIU) is an official branch of the Earth Justice Commission, but is funded by Kudos Technologies Incorporated (KTI), which owns the d-mat patents and operates the d-mat network and other related services. The MIU believe that the body in Jonah's d-mat booth is the sixteenth Twinmaker killing.
A composite image of the Twinmaker victims looks very much like Marylin Blaycock as Jonah knew her. Moreover, the first case occurred one week after Marylin joined the MIU, about six months prior to his awakening. The Twinmaker victims are tortured to death, but somehow the victims themselves are still alive. The Twinmaker seems to be kidnapping a copy of the victims when they use the d-mat, but leaving the originals alive and unaware of the crime.
The novel raises the question of whether users of the d-mat are the same persons after they arrive at their destinations. A few people refuse to use the d-mat, calling it the death-mat, and even some of those who habitually use the system wonder whether they are gradually being changed by such usage. Complicating this issue is the method of resurrecting victims of accidental or intentional deaths; for an exorbitant price, the person can be reconstructed from network records into much the same body.
One of the characters is an Artificial Intelligence called QUALIA. Es is based on twenty Standard Human Equivalent processors designed to induce consciousness. SHE is not just a spearcarrier, but an integral part of the plot, with Es's POV running throughout the story.
This story does not include any new technology per se, for matter transmission, duplicate bodies, virtual minds, and artificial intelligence are old themes in SF (see Gallun's People Minus X (1957) and Pohl's Gateway series). However, the manner in which such technology is used to commit these crimes is rather unusual. Still, one of the crimes per se is most unusual, but you will have to read the book to find out the nature of this crime.
This work is by no means the first novel by the author nor it is even his first solo effort, but his works have not been readily available in the USA. That has changed recently, especially for his collaborations with Shane Dix. Amazing how American publishers are finally discovering the authors down under.
Highly recommended for Williams fans and for anyone else who enjoys futuristic detective stories.
-Arthur W. Jordin
I would like to add that if you enjoy this book you might want to also read David Brin's "Kiln People", which brings up similar questions.
The book really reminded me of a noir detective novel, with a sharp-minded, but critically flawed hero, and a tough, no-nonsense love interest. The whole idea of DMAT (de-materialization, basically the transporter from Star-Trek) was intriguing, particularly the author's delving into possibility of not just transporting, but making multiple copies of an individual, and also that niggling issue that in order to replicate someone elsewhere, you have to destroy (murder?) their original.
Good stuff, and a fun read. It could have gone deeper into the moral and philosophical issues involved, but instead chose to end more like a classic crime story. But we all have to finish our tasks and make a living after all!
I will most likely read more of his works, and not just because of his name!
This very twisted individual utilises this tech to copy people, and kill a copy. What does all this mean philosophically? A detective on the case realises that there is some relationship between all this killing and her own identity.
Laura Lehman, SF/Fantasy Editor at Bellaonline.com
The fiction book that I have written main story theme is about ten years in the life of a little girl who was "chosen by God" to be the next Madonna in the second coming of Christ. Yes it has cloning in it.
Author - The Second Virgin Birth