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Softlife Paperback – July 10, 2013
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About the Author
James R. Hardin received his first rejection from a major publisher when he was 11 years old and has been writing fiction intermittently ever since. After a long break earning a living and dealing with real life, he has returned to writing with renewed passion (although he still has to work around all that earning a living and real life stuff). Softlife is his first novel, though certainly not his last. James supports himself and his family as an engineer in the R&D department of a major turbomachinery manufacturer, where he engages in aerodynamic design, computational fluid dynamics analyses, and battle with temperamental computers. When not writing or engineering, he often plays or composes music, usually on a piano or synthesizer. James lives in western Pennsylvania with his wife, a varying number of sons depending on who's home, and a lazy dog. You can find out more about James and his writing, as well as download a few of his SF/F-themed musical compositions, at his website www.jamesrhardin.com.
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Top customer reviews
Softlife is a well-written, fast-past story. I was most intrigued by the Softlife beings, their ability to interact and argue with each other (and with humans), “sleep”, travel from network cluster to network cluster, and replicate themselves with backups. There is one question still lingering in my mind: with Softlife, is there life after deletion?
Wow! There is a lot going on in this book! The author has fascinating ideas and this book concept was very intriguing!
The author did an impressive job on world-building as his attention to detail was immaculate.
Jason1, the main character, who was once flesh and blood, is somewhat of a hero in this book. Jason1 became softlife when his space station was attacked by terrorists. As Jason1 and the spaceship crew knew time was running out and they had no other way out they decided to take a risk and download themselves into a computer system. Jason1 and the other survivors created a unique community as softlife while they waited for the next step. Now, trying to establish a connection with the rest of humanity, Jason1 must team up with Space Force General Heather Lacey to battle the terrorists once again.
There is an interesting dynamic between the softlife that used to be flesh and blood and those born in captivity. Oh yes – regardless that they’re now computer programs they can still have sex and create offspring!
I found this book to be interesting for the most part. However, there were times I was bored and got lost or confused. I definitely had to put this book down multiple times and it took me over a week to finish it. I kept coming back because I wanted to know how it ended, but it wasn’t a book I was glued to.
Even though I enjoyed reading this book, but didn’t love it, I would still recommend it to sci-fi readers as this book truly was an interesting read.
**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book and have voluntarily provided an honest, and unbiased review in accordance with FTC regulations.**